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August 17, 2006


It looks like I am not doing a very good job of sending out updates.  I will try to do better.  I am on the last day of Induction Chemo now.  I am very tired.  I have lots of sores in my mouth, but they are not bothering me too much.

Menchie and I have slipped rather easily into the patient/caregiver roles we thought we had given up for good.  This time, Induction Chemo has been rather boring for me.  As I recall from the first time, it was not very much fun.  We were struggling to figure out how to do it.  Now we already know, so we are just sort of slipping through it.  Now that my Induction Chemo is done, we just have to wait until my blood counts recover, and see if I have gotten into remission.  I suspect this will take at least two weeks.  We are still waiting for the cytogenetics from my bone marrow biopsy.  This will be an important part of figuring out the next steps.
I got a platelet transfusion yesterday, nothing today.  Because of the transfusion yesterday, I spent most of the morning in a benadryl induced haze.  A good way to spend the time.
On the medical front - Still nothing remarkable.  I get an antibiotic, an anti-nausea medicine, an antacid and a couple of antifungal meds in addition to the chemo.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2
RBC 4.3 2.7 2.81 2.7 2.53
HGB 13.9 9.5 9.8 9.4 8.9
PLT 130 23 19 11 29

Hope you all have a great day!


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