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July 31, 2003


Today has been a good day. I felt energetic enough to go for a brisk walk for 25 minutes followed a few hours later by walking down the stairs to the second floor and back up again. I was a little winded after the steps but it felt good. The doctor is talking about sending me home tomorrow or the next day. What a thrill that would be!!! I put in a pretty good day's work today also. For the first time today, when I look in the mirror, I see skull. There is still lots of hair on my head but it is getting very thin. I can make a really impressive grimace or frown now. I still have my eyebrows, maybe I'll comb them back over my head and nobody will be able to tell that I am bald. My appetite also seems to be coming back.

On the medical front, I am still getting the amphi-terrible by IV at night. I usually sleep through it and don't notice it. It's conceivable that I might not get it tonight. The doctors are waiting for the results of a culture. If they discontinue that, I will be totally free of IVs. The nephrologists continue to be very happy with my kidney functions. They have discontinued the diuretic, and my kidneys are functioning well. If they send me home, they will probably discontinue most of the antibiotics also.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low




WBC 4.5 1.5 1.7 2.1
RBC 4.30 2.83 2.89 2.90
HGB 13.9 9.2 9.4 9.4
PLT 130 259 231 218

Good evening to all.


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