Thursday, July 07, 2005


Thanks for all of the encouragement yesterday, everyone.

I found out this morning that I have Strep throat....some kind of weird version of it that doesn't cause fever or any sinus issues, just a sore throat. I've had it for 2 weeks, but since I didn't have a fever or anything I kept putting off going to the doctor. I turned at the last minute this morning on my way to work and decided I'd better go check it out. Even if it's was just weird allergies at least I could take some allegra or something for it.

But, no. It has to be an actual infection.

I figure I'll culture it myself today and then Gram stain it tomorrow just to see what it looks like.

Ah, the perks of working in microbiology.......


At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the danger of a pre-cancerous tumor? tom

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Amanda said...

Hi, Tom.

A doctor found the tumors on my liver 5 years before my transplant. We were hoping that, in time, they would shrink and perhaps even disappear completely, as these specific types of tumors sometimes tend to do. I was referred to a specialist who decided that our best option was to montor the tumors closely by CT Scans and blood work. A year ago this September, we found out that the tumors were growing instead of shrinking, which meant that, if left alone, they more than likely would either rupture or become cancerous, both would have probably left me dead. If I waited longer and they had become cancerous, I could not have had a transplant because the chances that the cancer cells had spread to other parts of my body would have been too great. Also, waiting any longer meant an increasing chance of one of the tumors rupturing.

Hope this answers your question.


At 11:54 AM, Blogger Andrea said...


Odd. I am home today with strep throat too. I'm running a fever, but not the high fever that I am used to being associated with it.

It's a good thing I am home today. The reminents of Cindy is causing all kinds of severe storms and tornados. I think the kids would be freaking if they had been home alone.

I hope you feel better. Take care of yourself. Unusual strain or not, strep can pack quite a kick.

At 6:08 AM, Blogger Tony Arnold said...


You are in our prayers for your strep and for God's exhortation on you to write. I hope with Tom's post you realize your value and your ability to help others with your writing and your experience.

I wonder how many transplant professionals, counselor's, and transplant patients wished they had a resource to turn to, especially one rooted in faith, to deal with the situations they face?

1-3 years from now, maybe the book by Amanda Williams will be the recommended resource. A patient's open-hearted account of living with a transplant.

I think I forgot to mention the other day, ;) ,just write it! Don't worry about who, if anyone, ever reads it, or how it sounds. Just write. You will find the rest will be what God wants it to be."



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