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Well, that took longer than I thought it would!

September 6, 2005 1:06 PM

I got out of the hospital yesterday. You can read the details of what happened with the lung biopsy on the wiki; I should have the long-awaited results from pathology in a few hours.

Three great pieces of news on the possibility of a lung transplant.

1. The guy in charge of lung transplants at Cedars-Sinai thinks I would probably be a good candidate -- should I need one -- despite my cancer history.

2. I would get a lung sooner than others because I am so tall. I can handle a big lung or a small lung, whereas a shorter person could only handle a smaller lung. Finally, years of bumping my head on doorways pays off!!

3. My lung surgeon thinks I may not need a lung transplant right away. I may be able to go on for a bit like this, and get one later when things get worse. He tends to be more optimistic than my lung doctor, but this is something that I had been wondering for awhile.

Also, I haven't coughed at all since my operation. Two theories: 1. I got antibiotics the entire time in the hospital.. maybe that got rid of an infection causing the cough? or 2. I haven't been able to move around as much, so I'm not stressing the lungs.

Some of the bad news is that my breathing is even worse than before the surgery. I imagine this is normal after having a lung biopsy, but having to work to just get back to my 25% lung capacity is rough. It takes all I've got to get to the bathroom and back into bed. Don't worry, my parents (and my friend Ramin!) are taking great care of me.

Thanks to everyone who posted their thoughts on the blog here and on my step mom's blog. She read all of them to me while I was in the hospital and it kept my spirits up. Overall, it was a pretty standard hospital stay, the good nurses, the bad ones, and the amazing ones. Maggie had a great idea -- people rate restaurants, there should be a so we can give props to the best of this profession.

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Read the 6 comments.


Glad to see you back on-line.
Best things for you right now.

Tue Sep 6 2005 1:36 PM

Dave E.:

Welcome back Jim! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good results...

Also, much thanks to your awesome stepmom for her blog...that was a great idea, and REALLY thoughtful of her.

Tue Sep 6 2005 3:16 PM

Jim Gilliam:

Yes... Maggie, the step-mom, is amazing.

Someone will make the blog done by a family member as a constantly updated health newsletter for family and friends a product at some point. It's a huge help to everyone, especially me.

Tue Sep 6 2005 3:40 PM

stephen shields:

jim, freakin' great to see you online again!

News came out today Bob Denver died Friday and I told my wife on the phone, "Gilligan died" and she thought I said, "*Gilliam* died" so she was happy when I clarified (though sad for Bob)!

So I'm glad you're alive and thought you might enjoy that confusion!

Stephen Shields

Tue Sep 6 2005 4:34 PM


good news indeed. still praying!

Tue Sep 6 2005 7:05 PM


Hi Jim. Thinking of you a lot. My heart and hopes go out to you.

Thu Sep 8 2005 6:09 PM

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