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September 01, 2006 , Day 22


One Major Announcement. Neither Menchie or I have received any email since the 29th. If you sent us something, we didn't get it. Please ensure you send all future correspondence to or

I had a busy day today. I sat in a chair while the Nurse changed my bed. It didn't even hurt. The Physical Therapist finally arrived, and I went on a good walk, again with no pain. The doctors want me to get out of bed and sit or walk at least three times a day. That will be a great relief. I got a transfusion of platelets today, but they didn't give me benadryl so I could be ready for the Physical Therapist. The rashes are still fading and I am peeling everywhere. In some places the second layer is starting to peel.

Now that they have identified the pneumonia organism I have, everyone coming into the room has to put on gloves, and a yellow robe. They don't want the infection to spread.

On the medical front- The results of yesterday's CT scan were that the pneumonia is still simple. The doctors seem pleased by that. They are doing sensitivity studies on the organism to see if they can find something that will kill it. Otherwise, we wait for my immune system to come back. Still lots of fevers through the day.

Well, we have another uptick in the WBC. This is day 22, and I predicted my recovery would start on day 23. Maybe this is it! I hope so!

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low





WBC 4.5 0.9 0.7 0.3 0.4
RBC 4.3 2.20 2.66 2.33 2.65
HGB 13.9 7.2 8.5 7.2 8.6
PLT 130 33 15 20 11

The long weekend is upon us! Have fun with your BBQs and play safe!

Menchie and Ted

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