Nil Per Os

They call it NPO, Latin for nil per os which translates to nothing by mouth. It’s standard protocol for anything with anesthesia and many imaging tests. Well, I am npo today. I have a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration scheduled (w/ anesthesia thankfully) and a few CT angiograms. They should give the oncology/clinical trial team a good indication of the size of my lymph nodes, spleen and liver as well as some measure of how advanced the CLL is inside my bone marrow. Treatment with this new drug is supposed to improve all of those measures over time.No, I am not even remotely looking forward to today but its a set of hoops that must be jumped through to kick this disease’s butt.


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