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August 11, 2006
Since my update
yestarday, I have had a busy day. Shortly after sending
it, I fell asleep due to some Benadryl I was getting for a
Platelet infusion. I woke up shortly afterward
suffering from an incessant cough which continually worsened
until I could not breathe. I signaled my inability to
breathe to Menchie and she ran for help. Shortly after
the cavalry arrived I started to breath again. I
believe this inability to breath was similar to a panic or
anxiety attack that was mostly psychosomatic.
Everything returned to normal and I had a very peaceful night
under the influence of the remaining Benadryl. I woke
up feeling very strong and enegetic. But I was still
trapped in the bed by the Femoral line. Early in the
morning they pulled the External Jugular line and started
preparing for placing a PICC line in the late morning.
This took a couple of tries but was completed successfully,
eventually. At about 5pm the process of removing the
Femoral line was started and went without a hitch. I am
now able to move about freely. I believe I will get
another larger catheter next week, but the PICC line is a
great relief to have at the moment.
I got lots of
work done and had lots of visitors again today. It
appears that I failed to send my August 8 update to anyone
but Menchie, so I have attached it to this email. I
have had many questions about Platelets and have no
answers. I will try to get some answers and include in
a later update.
On the medical
front, my platelets this morning after the transfusion were
56 with normal being 130-300. This was more than
adequate for the PICC Line and Femoral line work. My
createnine had dropped to 1.6 indicating that my kidneys have
approached a return to normalcy. No sign yet of liver
problems. Heart function appears to be normal. It
appears that except for stab wounds around my body, I have
pretty much recovered from the Serum Septic infection.
a great weekend! I would wave to all the TNT riders out
there, as they go by on North Torry, but I am on the wrong
side of the hospital.
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