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October 21, 2006 , Day 4


You guys are SOOOO generous when you say I am writing intelligably while on the Mophine. I am working hard at it keeping everything grammatically correct, but that never was one of my strong points scholastically. It really is a lot harder now. My day today has been much like yesterday. At least once per hour, and usually every 5 minutes, the back of my throat fills with mucus. If I don't suck it out immediately, it stops my breathing, so I like to get that cleared right away. I keep falling asleep with things half finished.

On the medical front, I had my first platelet transfusion. I didn't notice when it was hung and it went down without a hitch. The tylenol worked like a champ yesterday for lowering my fever, but this morning it was too painful to swallow and I aspirated some of it, setting off a very painful coughing fit. So we have been doing the freezer bag thing, packing myself in ice.

Lab Results: Nothing real significant here. The platelets should be back up again tomorrow.

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.2
RBC 4.3 3.11 3.00 2.75 2.68
HGB 13.9 10.7 10.3 9.8 9.2
PLT 130 84 47 31 09

Hope your teams all win!

Ted and Menchie

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