The Diagnosis

This post is by Jeff Carter from Points and Figures

The other day, I blogged about the health stuff I have been battling since Thanksgiving.  I am grateful for all the comments and all the support and prayers.  Thanks to the people that reached out to me.  It’s nice to know someone cares about you.

As I said in my blog, when you get diagnosed with a terminal illness, it changes a lot of the things you do in your approach to life.  I changed a few things in the way I approach life and I do not want to lose them.

I have been anxiously awaiting this morning because I was going to speak to my doctor at Mayo.

In the ensuing time, I have seen all these test results come in.  My “peanut gallery” doctors were making their own diagnosis.  I was never really worried about the diagnosis.  I was curious about the results but every single test came up negative for what they were testing for except one.  I was only worried about one thing, that whatever they diagnosed me with wasn’t idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or wasn’t some sort of illness or condition that led me down the path to getting IPF or similar.

The good news is I don’t have IPF with 95% certainty or more.    I am good with that confidence interval!

What I do have is treatable.  It’s either:

  1. Organizing pneumonia
  2. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Interestingly in the comments on my prior blog, a person had condition number 2 and suspected I might have the (Read more…)