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May 9, 2004 DAY #194


I got home a short time ago from the Urgent Care clinic at the hospital. I am OK. It has been a difficult week. Monday, I ate something that didn't agree with me. By Tuesday, I was not feeling good at all, and was running a low grade fever by evening. Wednesday, I started feeling better, but had some heartburn after every meal. Thursday and Friday I had some general abdominal pain and nausea, that I thought was probably due to trauma from Tuesday. Saturday morning, when I got up, I started to have some stabbing pains in the upper right quadrant of my abdomen when I moved, and they got progressively worse during the day. I felt nauseated and really weak Saturday also. By Saturday night and early Sunday morning, the pains were becoming quite severe. I was concerned that something major might be wrong, so we went to Urgent Care at about 2 am.

First they tried to put in an IV in the back of both hands and failed, then they tried to get blood out of me in 4 different places on my hands and arms, and failed. Finally, the doctor came in, and did exactly what I told him to do, and got all the blood samples they needed. They were testing for Gall Bladder problems. They also wanted an ultrasound of my abdomen, but that would not be available until later in the day. The lab results came back at about 5 am, and are shown below. There was good news and good news! First, there was no evidence of gall bladder problems or any other infection in the blood work, and second, my creatinine was down to 1.3! I was REALLY happy to see that! We went home about 5 am, with instructions to return 4 to 6 hours after breakfast for an ultrasound.

We had an early breakfast and slept the rest of the morning, then went back to the hospital for an ultrasound. There was no evidence of any problem in the ultrasound, so they told me I was OK and could go home. So, we still don't know what is causing the pain, but it is decreasing now, and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with any of the organs in the area. They checked my liver, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas, lower lungs, kidneys, aorta, hemangioma, and various other parts, and they all checked out good. Hopefully the pain will go away, and nothing will ever come of it. Hopefully the next update will be Wednesday.

Thank you all for your support and notes about John. I passed them on to his mother, who really appreciated them.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 4.9 4.4 4.7 6.3
RBC 4.20 4.01 4.18 4.37 4.10
HGB 13.0 13.4 13.8 13.2 13.0
PLT 130 213 206 196 207

Happy Mother's Day!!!


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