Later today I’m off to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the SARP study. While I’m there, I’ll finally get to meet the famous Dr. Sally Wenzel . She’s done so much to advance the knowledge of the severe forms of this disease. I admire her and feel like I already know her.
My plane leaves at 11 pm tonight, and with a connection in Chicago, doesn’t arrive in Pittsburgh until 9 am tomorrow morning. I hate overnight flights, but that’s cool this time, because it’s one less night I would have had to shell out for a hotel room. In that regard, I was able to find a hotel just 2 blocks from the University of Pittsburgh’s Asthma Institute, where they’re doing most of the research procedures.
I’m scheduled for 3 days of testing, beginning with spirometry , CT scans and sputum collection on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday will be a day of pulmonary function tests and blood work, and then on Friday morning, Dr Wenzel is going to take look inside my lungs (bronchoscopy) and take some lung tissue samples for analysis. As a precautionary measure, they want to monitor me overnight in the hospital following the bronchoscopy procedure. If there are no complications(knock on wood), I’ll complete the study late Saturday morning, just in time to catch my afternoon flight back to San Francisco.
Not sure if I’ll have much time in between appointments to check out the sights, but I’d definitely like to try some of the local food joints. Pittsburgh is supposed to be home to some of the worlds finest fast food eateries. Primanti Bros and Original Hot Dogs, just to name a few. I saw both of these places on the travel channel a few years ago. The food looks awesome. Not exactly healthy cuisine, but it sure looks really tasty.
Ive decided not to haul my computer along on this trip, so I unless I have access to one while Im there and feel like blogging, I probably won’t be updating again until sometime next week.
Behave yourselves and try not to miss me too much.