Ten Syllable Disease

Anything that begins with “Hypo” and ends with “nemia” can’t be good but fortunately it’s not as bad as it sounds. After months of searching and dozens of tests I’ve finally found the apparent root of my maladies. Test results from the Mayo Clinic revealed an immune deficiency known as Hypogammaglobulinemia:

a disorder caused by a lack of B-lymphocytes and a resulting low level of immunglobulins (antibodies) in the blood. Immunoglobulins play a dual role in the immune response by recognizing foreign antigens and triggering a biological response that eliminates the antigen. Antibody deficiency is associated with recurrent infections.


My immune system doesn’t make enough Immunoglobulin G (IgG), which supplies 85% of the antibodies in the blood. In particular I can’t mount a defense against pneumococcus. This explains my frequent bouts of pneumonia, low-grade infections and lack of energy.

I have to get monthly infusions of IVIG for the rest of my life, which should improve my health and help me stay around awhile longer.

I hope so. I have more wine to make and books to write.


6 thoughts on “Ten Syllable Disease

  1. Wow Mike, this sounds like a major break-through in understanding what is going on with your body. If the the IVIG does what is intended it sounds like it could have a significant positive impact on your quality of life. I’m looking forward to celebrating good results with you!

      1. Sorry, I have not heard of that happening. Glad the doctors have something which will temporarily help. Loie & I will be in Durango in October. Is that far from you? Rod

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s