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November 2, 2003, DAY #5


I decided to start working on my update a little earlier today, so I don't fall asleep while thinking about what to write. Menchie did a great job though. Maybe I should just let her write them in the future. Of course that would defeat the theraputic effects a little probably.

Today is much like yesterday. I am tired and feeling a little nauseated late in the afternoon. The nausea is getting lighter and later each day, so maybe it will start going away. They gave me some extra anti-nausea medicine yesterday afternoon, and none today, so that does seem to be getting better. I am a lot more fatigued today than yesterday. It was much harder to go for my walks today. Today I am officially a neutropenic bubble boy. Still have a ways to go for the hemopheliac part, although that is borderline also. Probably tomorrow. That threshold is at 50 for the platelets. I am loosing weight slowly, also. In the last week, I have lost 2 - 3 pounds. Not bad. I still have a lot to give. The doctors would prefer that I not eat right now, because of the possible trauma it could cause to my mouth and digestive tract. I did drink a little water today. It seemed to help reduce heartburn a little. Apparently the hydrocortisone worked pretty good yesterday, because I slept through most of the Abelcet infusion.

Nothing new really on the medical front. I have 6 pumps now, but usually only 4 or 5 are active at any one time. Keep an eye on those lab results. Transfusions are given when HGB gets down to 85 and when PLT gets down to 25.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 3.1 2.4 1.1 0.7
RBC 4.30 3.15 3.28 3.03 3.08
HGB 13.9 11.1 11.6 10.6 10.8
PLT 130 194 172 101 85


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