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#1 RobinAustin

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 02:56 AM

I've never had one before... any suggestions or anything?? What do I have to look forward to?

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 03:09 AM

Hi Robin,

I don't even remember mine. I think it was the good drugs. Nothing to worry about. No pain or nothing afterwards. The worst/most memorable part was when they sprayed my throat with numbing med. kinda gaggy.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 05:35 AM

Hi Robin, Nothing to it. The nurse said " I'm gonna start some medication" and the next thing I knew I was waking up in the recovery area. Good luck, Birdman
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 06:25 AM

Robin,
Here is a little information on Bronchoalveolar Lavage. The first link from UpToDate for Patients has several internal links that provides more information on tools and technique. I've never had one, but it looks minimally invasive, kind of like a endoscopy I guess. Apparently it provides a lot of information and is much better than a lung biopsy.

I hope it goes well Darlin'. Let us know.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 12:57 PM

I've never had one either but want to wish you luck. Judging from the other responses who have, it sounds like you should do just fine too.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 01:50 AM

I have had two of them in the past two months. I guess it all depends on how your dr does it. My dr likes to go through your nose. In order to do this they need to numb your throat and nose. It can be a little uncomfortable but really no pain. The only thing I remember is them putting the scope in my nose. This is because it it a tight squeeze for me and I do remember coughing for a minute. After I did have a little sinus headache, again because of the tight squeeze in my nose. The test is quick, about 20 minutes tops. You'll be knocked out with versed and a pain med. Nothing to worry about.

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#7 RobinAustin

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:30 AM

Thanks y'all ... that's just what I needed to hear :o) I'll try and post something Monday after I get home ...

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:57 AM

It is good that you are having a BAL done. What the BAL does is that it looks at how infected your lungs are with sclero. It eliminates all the confusion of the PFT that relate to different Techs and Machines which can result in different PFT test results. My PFT test scores are all over the place when I see different doctors with different machines and different techs. The BAL gives the best read on how your lungs really are for infected cells causing the fibrosis. You will be fine. Just say nite nite. Good Luck Gidget