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#1 miocean

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 08:32 PM

Hello everyone,
Well, the jury is in on all my yearly tests and basically I am doing as well as I can be.

PFT: 55% lung capacity, 38% diffusion. They are now discounting a test from right after my kidney transplant where it went up to 43% as invalid and that means I have plateaued in the high 30's. Although that is not that great, it is great that it has stabilized.

6 Minute Walk: No desaturation, started at 98%, went down to 96%. This is very good because if I was desaturating along with the low diffusion it could be indicative of Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease. (That was a new one for me and I am REALLY glad not to have it!)

Echo: No signs of pulmonary hypertension. Slight enlargement of the heart and some hardening but probably no more that a person my age would have. No need for a right heart catherization. (Yea!)

CT Scan:No increase in fibrosis since 2010 although there was a significant increase 2009-2010. No other treatment available since I am on myfortic as a rejection medicine and am on the highest dose.

Lipid Profile: Off the statin for two months and my cholesterol has gone from 192 to 205, slight increase in triglycerides. I see the cardiologist next week and we'll determine what to do. The anti-rejection medicine I'm on causes high cholesterol.

Kidney Transplant: Creatine is 1.2 and stable at 22 months out. Everything is going well.

Skin Hardening: Softened to 0 from 45 on a scale of 0-50 over the 7 years of the disease.

So, all is as well as it can be in sclerodermaland. I am following the typical pattern of diffuse scleroderma with sudden onset of symptoms and skin hardening, major organ damage, gradual softening of the skin and then a plateau. If I continue to follow the pattern I will stay where I am, but we all know how that goes and can only hope that it does.

You all have encouraged me so much over the years, I hope this brings encouragement to others.

:thank-you:

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#2 Joelf

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:23 AM

Hi Miocean,

Your results do sound very encouraging and I'm so pleased for you! :emoticon-congratulations:

Thanks for the link on Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease; it was very interesting and I've never heard of it either. I agree.......it doesn't sound like something you'd want!! ;)

I really hope that you continue to remain stabilised and perhaps maybe even be able to have some improvement in the future. This definately calls for a Sclero Happy Dance!!

:emoticons-line-dance: :emoticons-line-dance:

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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:58 PM

Hello Miocean

:flowers: Hooray for you!! I am glad things have evened out and you know where you are!! :emoticon-congratulations:

Take care.
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#4 Margaret

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 06:45 PM

Hi Miocean ,

I was so happy reading your post that I had to X out of AOL and go to Mozilla just so I can put up smiley faces and dance!!! For some reason, AOL doesn't allow them to come through. Congratulations, Lady!!! :emoticons-yes: You have been such an inspiration to me over the past years.

:happy-day: :happy-dance: :emoticon-hug: :happy-dance: :happy-day:


Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:03 PM

Hi micoean:
All good news and how wonderful. Not that anyone wants to be a textbook case but plateaus are great.
Warm hugs.

And Margaret, I can't find the smiley dancing faces either. I use Safari, yet I saw them when I first started on the site. I'd hate to think the smiles have disappeared.
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#6 miocean

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:06 PM

KayTee,
Safari will not support the emoticons or options for text. I have to use Firefox to access the ISN fully. The new upgrade to the ISN for some reason does not work on Safari.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:29 AM

I am SO pleased that you received the reports you did and that all seems to be holding its own, mi!

I LOVE news like that! I am ALSO thrilled that you were able to join us in chat this morning! Hope you are able to do that more, as we love to see you!
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#8 Joelf

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:56 PM

...........I am ALSO thrilled that you were able to join us in chat this morning! Hope you are able to do that more, as we love to see you!


Me too, Miocean!! :yes:

It was lovely to speak with you in chat and I'm hoping you'll join us many more times!! :emoticons-clap:

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