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November 15, 2006 , Day 29


It is hard for me to keep track of time. I thought I sent an update yesterday, but apparently I didn't. I will try to do better. I started working on the update and put my hands on the keyboard. It was so nice and warm, I just laid them there and fell asleep for about half an hour. Anyway, on with the update! I am starting to be able to focus on individual problems and concentrate on doing what needs to be done about them to make them well. As time goes on, different things become available to deal with. Right now I can't do anything about the rash on my hands, so I concentrate on other things. Two things I am really working on are lip and mouth sores. I think both are getting better. I am continuing to eat the beef and chicken broth. I still need to get the lip and mouth sores healed to allow me to eat better. It will also allow easier communication. Lip and mouth sores make talking legibly difficult.

Monday and Tuesday, I got cultures on both lips and tongue. I think all the results were negative. The doctors are happy with my lip and tongue progress. I got a blood culture because of a slightly heightened temperature. That culture was also negative. On Monday, I got a platelet transfusion also. Liver and kidney function have returned to normal. I have started working with the Physical Therapists. I took a walk in the morning and did some pt in bed Monday. Tuesday was another walk

This morning was a little chaotic. Either the CNA or the Nurse ran into the back of my heel with the IV stand. Not only was this pretty painful, but it has opened a wound that requires special treatment. Shortly after that, my pulse was at 40bpm, so they did an EKG. By the time the EKG was done, everything was completely normal. This was all a little scary, especially since the incident repeated itself later in the day with some chest congestion. At that time I was put onto a monitor to see if we can catch the incidents with a little more detail. The symptoms were apparently typical of one of the medications (metropolol) I was taking, so that was discontinued. Other than that, it seemed like I slept most of the day today.

I felt weak today, so only went for a short walk. I also listened to some music in the hospital lobby.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 8.4 8.6 6.2 6.0
RBC 4.3 2.83 2.52 2.36 2.71
HGB 13.9 9.4 8.5 7.4 9.1
PLT 130 17 09 36 57

Have a great day!

Ted and Menchie

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