Monday, February 13, 2006


Yesterday afternoon I caught the second-half of Total Recall on tv. It's always a favorite of mine. Classic Arnold. Before going to bed last night, I watched the film, Gattaca. What a great sci-fi experience! Truly great science fiction speaks to the universal human condition ultimately.

Today my WBC rose to 0.4; Hgb: 9.4; platelets: 19. The BMT team says I'm doing very well. Scott reiterated the point saying I handled the transplant marvelously and that I should be discharged by the latter end of the week. Sounds great. Still I continue to take it easy despite the great news, although I must admit it does me a wee excited knowing that I may be home very soon. I told them about the persistent gas that I have had during the past few days. I was given simethicone, a chewable white tablet of 80mg, to be taken three times daily.

I watched a little of the women's ice hockey game - Italy vs Sweden - this morning, before catching up with Sunday's Times. Those nasty headaches went away about 4 days, so I can read the newspaper finally without any strain or displeasure. Indeed, this has been an immeasurable improvement and boost to my moral. At around 1 today, I chatted with Laura, my new friend across the pond (she lives in London) about the latest news on this front. I learned a bit more about her life in England as well. We exchanged a few war stories and joked about some of our shared experiences (mostly dealing with the stupid things people say to patients). She's very open and light-hearted about sharing her transplant experience, which I find to be most endearing and helpful. We plan to meet up in mid-March, when she visits NYC for a week.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Duane,
I hope that you have gone through the worst of this and that things will only start to get better for you. I admire your stength, and honesty in sharing this with others. I'm sure that this will help others going through the same or similar treatments, even if it's just to let them know they are not alone. As you know I have limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and when my spirits are down I think of your courage. I'm very happy to hear that you will be going home soon.
Much continued and healthy progress

1:37 AM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woohoo!!! I am so glad to read that you counts are going up, you are going home soon and you spirits are soaring!! You amazing, inspiring, and strong! Keep rocking!


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