Azer gained weight from last visit. He's been very hungry from being on Periactin and Prednisone at the same time.
Azer did three treatments yesterday and ran for 30 minutes today to try to get his lungs as clear as possible for PFT's today.
His first try ended up 20 points below his normal. After 8 tries, he was still lower than last week. His culture from last week only came back with MSSA, he's been on oral antibiotics for two weeks, and steroids for over a week, and it feels like nothing is working. The doctor listened to him, and said his lungs sounded clear, oddly enough. His cough sounds productive and irritated. He said when he ran this morning, he had lung pain. He says his lungs feel full, like the mucus is stuck.
The doctor said we can start IV antibiotics and see if he feels better after a few days. If not, he will get a bronchoscopy, which would help them get a culture from deeper in his lungs. She said about 70% of the time, a bronchoscopy causes a fever. The stain for mycrobacterium came back negative, but the doctor said sometimes the stain can be negative, but the culture could come back positive. If it is mycrobacterium, it could be a hospitalization up to three months. 😶 It is frustrating to not know what his causing his lung function to decline when he is doing what he can to improve.
The antibiotics he will be taking are Ceftazidime, Nafcillin, and Gentamicin. He started inhaling Pulmicort with his breathing treatments.