We Have a Diagnosis — Finally!!

I just wanted you all to know that I got up and made a good breakfast for the kids again this morning. That’s two days in a row! And I didn’t say anything snarky before T-Money left.

My dermatologist called me yesterday to tell me that these annoying and rapidly spreading blisters are a type of vasculitis. I may have done medical transcribing for a while, but beyond being able to spell it I didn’t know what it was. So I looked it up. I wouldn’t suggest that for anyone who is less than an optimist.

This is the overview given by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:

Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels in the body. In vasculitis, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own blood vessels, causing them to become inflamed. Inflammation can damage the blood vessels and lead to a number of serious complications.

The list of what organs and vessels vasculitis can attack is rather lengthy and some of it can lead to horrible things, even death. Mine, thankfully, is not quite so serious.

It is a consequence of six months of chemotherapy and a result of my immune system attacking the skin around the incision from my surgery in December. Even though my white blood counts had been good for a year or so before the surgery.

It’s treated with high-dose steroids so last night I took 40 mg of prednisone and will slowly taper off over the next nine days. You know that 2.8 (or excuse me, Dorky Dad, 3) pounds I lost yesterday? I’ll probably see it again next week and even more the week after. But that’s okay. I’d rather be fat, happy and blister free. And I’m just glad to know what the mystery blisters are.

16 Comments

  1. terrillr on March 14, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    I’m glad you finally got that sorted out, but I’m still wishing it was shingles, so I could blame my “sympathy shingles” on you! :0) Hope you heal quickly.

  2. Katybug on March 14, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    PRAISE GOD!!! What a HUGE RELIEF that must be just to give it a name and know you’ve been given the right treatment!! Fabulous news, Jennster, FABULOUS news!!!Katybug

  3. Kris on March 14, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    It is always comforting when you can finally put a name to what is wrong. Then your imagination has less room to manuver. I am glad that it is not serious and treatable.

  4. Em on March 14, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    It is always nice to know what is going on with our bodies. Good luck with the treatments!

  5. Swishy on March 14, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Glad you finally got it figured out. Don’t worry about the 2.8 pounds … they might come back, but you can chase ’em away again in no time 😉

  6. Dorky Dad on March 15, 2007 at 12:04 am

    That’s right. Three pounds, which is about the amount of dry Cheerios I just ate. I’ve got to quit doing that.Anyway, that is excellent news. A couple of pounds is worth the better health.

  7. Angry Woman on March 15, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Glad to hear the diagnosis for those mystery blisters. A little additional weight gain will be so worth the cure. You’ll lose that weight again.

  8. April on March 15, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    I’m so glad you now know what was going on with those blisters.Congratualtions on the loss. I am really happy for you.

  9. Jen on March 15, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    I am so happy for you that your blisters can now be treated effectively. Hopefully you will be blister free very soon!

  10. Trish on March 15, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Prednisone is a wonderful drug. I had allergies so bad a few years ago that an attack made me almost unable to breathe. Predinose cleared that up in a hurry.Good luck with it. And yes in the whole scheme of things a few pounds is not a whole lot to pay for good health.

  11. radioactive girl on March 15, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    I am so glad it is all figured out!

  12. T-girl on March 15, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Well just be glad you won’t start growing facial hair and speaking like a man! ROTFL What? Just trying to bring out the bright side! LMAO

  13. Frannie Farmer on March 15, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I am so glad that you have an answer … not a great answer .. but an answer none the less.Thinking of you!Frannie

  14. Bookwormom on March 16, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Well, hoooray for accurate diagnosis. Now hoping for a quick cure!

  15. The Book Girl, A.K.A. Jodi on March 23, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Sometimes I wish I could just hug you! I’m not really the hugging type, but for you – i’d do it. I don’t like it that you go through all of these things and I pray for you always. 🙂

  16. Jenster on March 24, 2007 at 9:18 am

    You can hug me when we go to Cape May!! LOL Thank you so much for your prayers. You’re such a sweetie. :o)

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