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July 9, 2003


Good afternoon everybody! Today has been another sleepy day for me. I slept right up to breakfast time and felt pretty good for breakfast and a short meeting with the guys at work. Then they told me I need another RBC transfusion. I keep telling them to biggie size it, but they never do:-) Anyway, the Benadryl pretty well knocked me out for the rest of the day. I took a walk after lunch and browsed thru the gift shop for a change of pace. I feel feverish occassionaly now as the long term effects of chemo start kicking in. I was really surprised this morning at breakfast, to find a full pound of cottage cheeze on my tray. I'm sorry I just couldn't finish it! I shocked my nurse this morning. She said she was going to spike my Heparin and I asked her what with. She said that in all her years in nursing nobody had ever asked her that. I am getting quite a reputation with the nurses, but we're having fun.

On the medical front, very little has changed. The nurses and doctors keep telling me that I am doing extremely well and all the vaguely unpleasant symptoms I am experiencing are completely normal. I still have all my hair though. The Coumadin is starting to have some effect but it looks like it will still be a while before they can take me off the Heparin. The anti-nausea medicine, Ativan, is helping a lot in my GI tract, and it is also helping me sleep at night.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low




WBC 4.5 .8 .5 .5
RBC 4.30 2.31 2.16 2.21
HGB 13.9 7.5 7.6 7.6
PLT 130 36 24 35

Till next time.

Ted Wilcox

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