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July 15, 2003


Pretty tired tonight, so don't expect literary brilliance or anything like that. I had a good night last night, got plenty of sleep. I got in a lot of hours of work today. I went for a short walk tonight and wore myself out. I talked to the doctor today about when I should expect recovery of my immune system. He said it is extremely variable and impossible to predict until it happens. He also said that the recovery could start within the next few days or could be as long as four weeks. So my next goal is to see my WBC leave the zero peg.

I wanted to discuss briefly my feelings and thoughts about doing this update. Aside from keeping friends and family advised of my condition in a single shot, I feel it is an important part of my therapy. They have a workshop here at the hospital on keeping a therapeutic journal. I haven't been to the workshop, but I thought I would give it a try. Most of the time, Menchie and I work on it together, discussing the events of the day and laughing at the jokes that we dream of. Some of the jokes don't even make it into the update. But I think the laughter is important to me. In addition, the update and maintaining the webpage gives me more things to do to keep my days free from boredom. I would like to thank you all for being an important part of my daily routine and therapy.

On the medical front, no transfusions, no bleeding, no fevers, no major problems, just another boring day in America's Finest City. I am betting on a double transfusions tomorrow, platelets and RBC. I am still on a neutropenic protocol and will be until the immune system recovers.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low




WBC 4.5 .6 .7 .6
RBC 4.30 2.46 2.40 2.60
HGB 13.9 8.3 7.9 8.5
PLT 130 20 37 27

Have a great day tomorrow!

Ted Wilcox

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