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November 12, 2003, DAY #15


Well, the increasing numbers from the lab results are getting almost boring. A pretty huge jump today. WBC and PLT are now in the normal range. Hopefully, the RBC and HGB numbers will catch up soon. I have been doing a lot of walking. I went for a brisk 1/2 hour walk this morning, I walked to the cafeteria with Menchie and Kathleen, and then I walked to X-ray and back. This afternoon, I am feeling very tired. Seems to be a pattern. Still eating, but not with much interest. My catheter site is much better and I got the last Vancomycin treatment today. That makes me feel great. Maybe I will start feeling better if I don't have to tolerate Vanco and Benadryl twice a day.

On the medical front, as I mentioned, I am now off Vancomycin. I am starting a new drug called Mepron that helps prevent pneumonia. This is a liquid that is taken orally. I am in a transition period where I am recovering from the chemotherapy and starting to be at risk for Graft Vs Host (GVH) disease. They are watching me very closely for rashes, fevers, and kidney or liver problems.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 1.2 2.1 3.2 4.7
RBC 4.30 2.34 3.16 3.07 3.18
HGB 13.9 8.2 11.0 10.6 11.0
PLT 130 71 107 150 188

Until tomorrow!


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