November 20, 2006 , Day 34
Good evening! Now that I got a lot of sleep, I am awake all night! Yeah!!! I need to get over the jet lag I am suffering from. All this racing around. Anyway, this morning found me feeling better, although sleepy. My mouth felt better and I am told that my lips are healed. Now I need to get my mouth better and I will be as good as gold! Menchie and I went for a 1 lap walk today, with no assistance. Just Menchie and I promenading around the ward. They gave me a Bactrim pill to swallow today. This pill is about an inch long and half an inch wide and I was a little incredulous, but I tried anyway. I put it in my mouth and immediately lost it. I couldn't feel it in my mouth and couldn't manipulate it with my tongue. I discovered however that it was dissolving, so I just sucked on it until it was smaller and then swallowed it. That worked. Tonight I got it down whole. They didn't do the biopsy or echocardiogram today. They were too busy. Maybe tomorrow. Whenever.
My brother called and invited me over for thanksgiving dinner. I told him I would send Menchie there and represent the family here at the hospital myself. I thought about asking if he wanted one of the dogs to help with all the food, but I figured they had enough. I tried to watch the football game tonight, but the hospital is not paying it's cable bill or something and it wasn't on. Oh well, no great loss really, I just took a nap anyway which is probably what I would have done if the game was on.
For dinner tonight I had the well known delicacy, pureed chicken noodle soup with a side order of beef broth! MMMMM. I still would like my mouth to heal. As I indicated above, my mouth is a little numb. My tongue is a little stiff. I can't lick my lips. It is a little weird to not be able to. In addition, it was weird to drop a pill in my mouth and have it effectively disappear. Now that my lips are better, I am pulling for getting my mouth healed so I can do normal things with my mouth. Don't know how I can start working on that, but I will do what I can.
Blood levels continue to float in the same area. Hopefully as my mouth heals, the platelets will make some sustainable gains. Right now, I think I am using them all up. I would like to see them above 50 at least.
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Have a great week!!
Ted and Menchie
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