Reading studies about patients with HIV can be very helpful, because the majority of studies done involving people with T cell disorders are HIV patients.
Noah just had his yearly ‘physical’ with Dr. Shurin (Dr. Crosby is out on extended leave–she’ll be back in January). I really like Dr. Shurin a lot when Dr. Crosby is out of the office.
Noah got his *first* HPV vaccine, but he needs his second one in six months. HPV causes a lot of different kinds of cancers, not just cervical, so it’s worth it.
Noah also did a bunch of blood tests, including his T,B and NK panels. If he CD 4/CD 8 ratio is still abnormal, then that needs to be followed up on as soon as possible…Noah probably needs a bone marrow biopsy to rule out more serious problems. A bone marrow biopsy is painful, but untreated serious blood disorders (like leukemia) eventually are more painful (and expensive).
(Always remember, Noah will **never** have the same normal symptoms of diseases as most people–he will be sick and look healthy–so that’s why it’s so important to listen what Noah is telling you about his body and for Noah to build long term relationships with doctors who know him.)
This article I attached for you is interesting…IVIG really helps a lot, with a lot of different things. IVIG will save Noah’s life one day.
Doctors and scientists keep finding new uses for it every day 🙂