I went back to the Immunologist today for allergy testing and to get my lab results. The allergy tests came back negative for everything but CATS! (I knew this...evil beasts! lol) But my lab results were the real kicker.
She had done tests to check out the antibodies my body should be producing to fight off infection. She said the low end of the "normal" range will show that your body produces antibodies to fight off 70% of the known yuck that is out there. My body produces less that 2%. This isn't great news, but at least I know that there is a "reason" why this is happening.
So, there are a few "next steps". The first was to get a Pneumonia vaccination. She said that this will sometimes jump start the body into making the needed antibodies. So I got that today. I will have another blood test in a month to see if that works. If it doesn't, we'll try the shot one more time, wait another month, then another blood test. The next step is long term antibiotics. (I pretty much have been doing that, right?) If that is unsuccessful, I will need to get monthly blood transfusions to replace the missing antibodies. (Doesn't that sound delightful? But if it works...I'll do it with a smile on my face!)
Basically, my body is continually trying to fight off infection that it has no chance in killing. So it never is getting the time for rebuilding and rest. Which is why I'm so exhausted and run down. It looks like a long road ahead, but at least we are doing SOMETHING!