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August 18, 2006


It is really nice to be off the chemo.  I can move around more easily, and don't have to drag an IV pole around with me.  I can range wider in the hospital, too, if I want.  My thoughts were not exactly linear, unless I really concentrated.  Weird thoughts were flying around in my head like randomly shooting arrows into the forrest.  My head is much calmer now.

I had some problems with bleeding in my mouth.  My tongue and lips are pretty sore, making it hard to eat.  I had some good soup for dinner that was easy to eat.  That was really helpful.

The cytogenetics finally came back normal.  This means that they are not seeing any know mutants that would complicate treatment.  They are still not sure if the leukemic cells are mine or donor cells.  Chances of the leukemia being donor cells are almost vanishingly small.  More testing will be required for that.

No transfusions today.

On the medical front - Yesterday I started getting feverish again.  I stood up too fast today and got a little dizzy.  No jokes please.  This might have been because of the fever and dropping blood pressure again.The cultures just came back and I have an infection again.  They put me on Levaquin last night but the fever didn't stop all day today really.  So they are bringing out the "big guns" of the antibiotic world, Vancomycin.  I react quite extremely to Vancomycin, getting something called Redman Syndrome, where I turn red all over.  Hopefully this will kill the infection quickly and I can get off that soon.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2
RBC 4.3 2.81 2.7 2.53 2.39
HGB 13.9 9.8 9.4 8.9 8.6
PLT 130 19 11 29 17

Have a great weekend!


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