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August 27, 2006 , Day 17


Didn't sleep quite as well last night as the night before, but I got in some reading in the wee hours. I had a platelet transfusion. I finally got to talk to my doctor about my prognosis today, and he said that it is worse than before my first transplant. That is generally what I expected. He didn't give me any numbers or anything, but we both understood. We are still going for a cure. Whatever it takes.

The rashes are starting to heal. I actually have a few square inches on my body that are not either bright red or purple. I should charge admission to see the amazing eggplant man!

I have not had a fever all day until this evening. My nurse thinks it is a conspiracy to make her take blood cultures. As I am writing this I am shaking mildly.

I also got a haircut today! It seems like every hair that falls out of your head wants to find it's way into your mouth and it drives me nuts! Glad to get rid of it.

On the medical front - They are going to do a Bronchoscopy on me first thing tomorrow morning to gather some of the elusive phlegm they have been asking me for days. This procedure involves putting a tube in your nose or mouth and into your trachea and bronchi, where they collect the mucous lining. I will be getting a unit of platelets prior to that procedure. I also expect to get some RBCs.

I am leaning more toward the optimistic side of cautiously optimistic with another rise in the WBC count. Don't be disappointed if they go down again though!

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 0.2 0.3 0.7 1.1
RBC 4.3 2.52 2.09 2.63 2.46
HGB 13.9 8.5 6.9 8.5 8.2
PLT 130 21 15 22 15

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Menchie and Ted

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