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Showing posts from November 25, 2007

"Wireless" At Last!

Today, I am due to be discharged after a 6-day stay for what is determined to be an e-coli infection, probably caused by the photopheresistreatments during the last two weeks.

This latest "setback" occurred last Wednesday when at mid-day, I came down with severe chills, followed by an elevated fever. We were directed to come to the COH emergency treatment center where blood tests found my white cell count (WBC) at .5.

But now, the WBC was 2.9 yesterday thanks to the antibiotics and another round of Neupogenshots. This has proved to be a "God-send" miracle drug for many chemotherapy patients, providing a boost of white cells when chemotherapy is needed, but white cell counts are too low for doctors to administer cancer-fighting drugs.

As I go home today, two key observations:

1) I will be "wireless" for the first time since June. No more catheters for drug infusion, although that means that all of my blood draws from this time forward will be done peripherally…