Blog Post created by gregp136 on Jul 28, 2019

I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs that I was at the MAYO clinic.  It is an amazing town.  And I do say town, because everything in Rochester is MAYO.  As you walk downtown Rochester at noon, everyone is a staff or a patient.  Every hotel, motel and B &B have shuttles to the clinic.  And there is not a lot of other things to do in town except go to the clinic.

An interesting town.


So why was I there (This may be a bit long, no reason for you to read it all, just skip to the next post)?


As I mentioned in a post long ago, I have Common Variable Immunodeficiency. That mean my blood dis missing some antibodies.  I am more susceptible to some illnesses.  It is a rare disease, with 1 in 25,000 having it.


One of the side effects of this illness is some get enlarged spleens.  Other get non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But both of these are rare.


But I am special.  I am lucky enough to get things which others can only dream of.


So My Doctor discovered this large spleen in me.  They are suppose to be about 4 inches, mine was 12.

That is my spleen, all in yellow.  


Well, after MAYO gave their judgement, it was decided  to take it out.  That happened last Tuesday.  It had continued to grow, and now was 8 pounds.  No total length since they took it out in pieces. 


So I am at home, a number of holes in my gut healing, and thankful that I quit smoking 43 days ago.  The pain is bad enough without the smoker's cough, and the desire to smoke when you are in a hospital room.


Thank you all for helping me be smoke free!