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August 4, 2003


Today has been an interesting and busy day. The day started with a trip to the hospital. While there, they drew blood and did the lab work. The lab results were pretty exciting. Most areas showed vast improvements. So much so that they don't even want to see me again until Thursday when they will do the bone marrow biopsy. After finishing up at the hospital, we went to Wendy's for lunch. It wasn't as good as I had hoped. I guess not all of my taste buds are working yet. The trip to Wendy's wore me out, so we went home and rested for an hour or so, after which I did some work. Work was interrupted by a trip to SeaWorld to drop Danny off at work (Danny is Menchie's nephew). When we got home I worked a while longer. Having used up about all the energy I had, I just rested for the rest of the day. Because I am home, with nothing much going on, I probably won't send out an update until Thursday, unless something really interesting happens. For those of you who were planning to visit me in the hospital you'll probably need to wait for a couple of weeks and I'll be back where you can visit me in the hospital again. Visitors are welcome here at home, as long as you can deal with about 160 lbs of squirmy dogs. They will great you at the door in a vocal fashion. If you want to come by for a visit, I highly recommend you call first to insure we will be home.

On the medical front, no changes to any medicine. My INR was 2.5. My kidneys are functioning extremely well and my blood cell counts are recovering nicely. Once the bone marrow biopsy is done, the doctors will be able to figure out what the next steps will be. Most likely, it will be the first of several rounds of chemotherapy with me back in the hospital. There is also talk of an autologous bone marrow transplant. From the lab results it appears that being home is very healthy for me.

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Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low




WBC 4.5 2.3 nr 3.6
RBC 4.30 2.86 nr 3.47
HGB 13.9 9.4 nr 11.3
PLT 130 187 nr 220

Have a great week.


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