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November 10, 2003, DAY #13


Kathleen arrived last night and visited for a while. Today she took Menchie around to various spots and to lunch. We are still trying to get organized a little more now that Kathleen is here. She is learning the routine, and where she can sit at certain times. :-) I started loosing hair yesterday, and it is falling like rain today. The really great news is the lab results. Check out that increase in WBC! Everything is way up! My brother really gave me good stem cells! Thanks, Bob. I can't wait to see what surprises tomorrow's numbers will bring. The really neat part about that is that my immune system is good enough now that I can go OUTSIDE!! I guess if this is a space station, I did a spacewalk!!! It was wonderful being out feeling the sun and the breeze, and enjoying the roses and walking around the hospital grounds. What a rush! Even so, I didn't sleep very well last night, so I am pretty tired. I ate real well today. Drank lots also. No sign of nausea yet. The really long grind ahead is avoiding as much as possible Graft vs Host disease. Until day 100, I will be wearing a mask any time I leave my room or apartment, and I will be taking a new array of drugs orally.

On the medical front, since I am eating and drinking, they are cutting down on the TPN intravenous feeding. I am now off Levaquin. Creatinine has remained at 1.4. To review the bidding, I am now getting TPN, Voriconizol, Cyclosporine A, Cell Ceff, Pepcid (not Pepsi), Acyclovir, and Vancomycin (with Benadryl).

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 0.5 0.8 1.2 2.1
RBC 4.30 2.77 2.78 2.34 3.16
HGB 13.9 9.6 10.0 8.2 11.0
PLT 130 55 70 71 107


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