This week's appointments included a liver test called Fibroscan, a non-invasive exam which is able to determine liver health with better accuracy than a liver biopsy. John has had liver biopsies before, and like most people who have had them, was not looking forward to another. Luckily we are just 2 hours from Boston where they offer this newer technology--and no pain!
Also saw the dermatologist who did take two biopsies. John has had several spots of cancer removed from his skin over the past two years, a squamous cell carcinoma resulting from the anti-rejection medications used after organ transplant. Cancer is a frightening word for most, but this cancer is one of the more manageable diseases on our list.
Today he saw a vascular surgeon who did an extensive ultrasound of his veins to map out a place to create a permanent access for dialysis treatments. We are waiting for the results from all of this week's tests.
Will update here as soon as he is officially on the transplant list--there is a committee which will review John's case and determine if he is eligible. It will be a big relief to arrive at that point!