I had my first appointment with Dr. Jose Montoya of Stanford University Hospital, (Infectious Disease Clinic). The first Doctor to great me was the young looking "Student Intern," Dr. Lunn. Lunn politely drilled me with a ton of questions about my CFS, and then gave me a brief physical exam. He explained the "Stanford Study" and told me that if I didn't qualify for it that Montoya would still probably treat me. Lunn also said that out of the 30 people in the study 10 would get placebo and the other 20 would get the real anti-viral. And he told me about the possible side effects, like the potential lowering of white blood cells, blood platelets, cancers, bone marrow stuff, and birth defects. Lunn explained that the most common use of the anti-viral Valganiclovir is for organ transplant patients. I forget exactly why, but it helps their bodies accept the new organ and helping prevent CMV too, something like that. So after all of Dr. Lunn's questions, and physical, Dr. Montoya came in the exam room. He is a very nice man and seemed to be compassionate and to sincerely listen. After the meet and greet, Dr. Lunn then quickly recited out loud all of the answers I gave him to Dr. Montoya. (It was cool I felt Like I was on an episode of 'Gray's Anatomy.') I really felt that Dr. Montoya (and also Dr.Lunn) took me and my CFS very seriously, and it was reassuring and heartfelt. After a few minutes of going over my information Dr. Montoya checked my lymphnodes for swelling, and he detected a slight inflammation of one lymphnode on the left side of my neck. He said it was slightly swollen. During Dr.Lunn's initial exam Lunn did not notice any lymphnode swelling. So Dr. Montoya showed Lunn the exact location on my neck and then had Dr. Lunn check again, and then Dr. Lunn says "oh yeah I feel it now." They both smiled and Dr.Montoya gave Dr. Lunn a warm nod of approval. I was like where are the cameras I swear I am on 'Gray's Anatomy' haha. It turns out that the EBV, CMV, and HHV-6 tests that I had done at Immunosciences Lab were the wrong kind! They were not from a "focus lab." So Montoya said I needed to have them re-done before he makes any decisions on treatments. Another thing is that Montoya is only treating the anti-viral aspect of CFS. Dr.Lunn said that Montoya is NOT going to take a comprehensive approach and treat all of my CFS symptoms such as insomnia, muscle pain, etc.. Like other Doctors do, such as Cheney, and Peterson. Lunn said these things will still be my Primary Care Physicians duty. At my next appointment with Montoya I am going to ask'em if he can recommend a new General Practioner for me. I am not satisfied with my current one. I feel like my current GP Doctor is in the stone ages with regards to CFS treatment. Dr.Montoya also said that most people he treats have higher titers to EBV than I do, but nonetheless mine were still elevated. So inconlusion I have to go back in three weeks, after my EBV, CMV, and HHV-6 tests results are ready. From a 'Focus Lab' of course. Then Montoya will be able to decide if I qualify for anti-viral treatments. For those who have been following my Immunosciences post: Dr.Montoya did briefly explain my "Secretory IgA = 108.0 Normal range 10-40 Ug/ml" He said "that just shows how much of the virus is in your saliva." Huh, interesting. I hope all of this makes sense, I am rather exhausted now, from waking up at the crack of dawn (beautiful sunrise though!) going to the appointmant and then having loads of blood drawn. So I may have to edit this later, hehe Peace and Love, Swedeboy P.S. Thanks Lisa and Carla for the most recent comments on the 'immunosciences lab result' post.