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Bone Marrow Biopsy

on August 30, 2012

I just had a bone marrow biopsy in IA City yesterday.  One of my lymph node biopsies in my neck showed a fungal infection – histoplasmosis.  We don’t know how wide-spread it is, therefore we did the bone marrow biopsy to see if it’s infection in my bones or if it’s cancer.  The bone marrow biopsy should tell us how to treat it.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The lidocaine burned going in to numb things up. And the aspiration (pulling the bone marrow out) only hurt for about 5 seconds. I must have had some sort of reaction as my tongue and lips got numb and I got really tired and had a hard time staying awake. But that passed after about 45 min. Otherwise, it really wasn’t that bad.  We should get some result tomorrow afternoon and others they had to send out and will take a little longer to come back.  We can only treat one thing at a time.  So chemo has been put on hold until we get rid of the infection. Minimum 6 wks of treatment.  Then we’ll reassess the situation.

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