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November 10, 2004, Wednesday


I had a couple of lab visits this month, and finally another doctor visit today. My creatinine is back down to 1.3, just a little high. The doctor is fine with that. He asked me today if I wanted to come back in 4 or 8 weeks. I thought I would be optomistic and chose 8 weeks, but he wasn't comfortable with that, so I will be going back in about 6 weeks on the 23rd of December.

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Last night Menchie and I went to our spin class. I rode 24 miles at an average speed of 13.3mph. By far my best spin class. I think I mentioned last time that we signed up for the Solvang Century. Saturday is our first training ride. We have to raise about $4000.00 in the next few months. If you would like to help, feel free to send a check or donate on-line at Thanks to all you wonderful friends who have donated already! We are going to Tucson in a week and a half to help our team with El Tour de Tucson. They will be riding 109 miles on the 20th.

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On the Medical Front no real change in my condition except that I am a lot stronger on my bicycle. RBC and HGB are just below the normal range. WBC is still down, but coming up. Creatinine was 1.3. I didn't need a kidney workup. Just as a retrospective, here is an exerpt from my update of 1 year ago today on day 13:

"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! [it went from 1.2 to 2.1] Everything is way up! .... It was wonderful being out feeling the sun and the breeze, and enjoying the roses and walking around the hospital grounds. What a rush! .... I ate real well today. Drank lots also. No sign of nausea yet."

It hardly seems possible loking at today's lab results and planning to go ride another 25 miles tomorrow evening after a full day at work. It is also interesting to remember how great it felt to be outside, and how exciting it was to see everything coming back up. Of course, I had no idea of the trials still ahead of me, or the joys.

Lab Results:

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 5.7 3.8 3.6 3.8
RBC 4.30 4.14 4.52 4.36 4.29
HGB 13.9 13.1 14.3 13.9 13.6
PLT 130 200 211 200 171

Please take care, everyone!


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