Monday, September 24, 2007

day +34

What another gorgeous day!

It started with my weekly Monday follow-up at Sloan this morning. My ANC and platelets dropped to 1.7 and 86 respectively, which Dr. Barker believes is due to the Adenovirus, Sirolimus, and Cidofovir. Otherwise, my counts were fine. My weight remains stable at 152lbs. The blood test that analyzes the engraftment was done today and the results should be available in time for my next follow-up with Dr. Castro-Malaspina, who will return to clinic after two weeks on the transplant service. Following my appointment with Dr. Castro-Malaspina next Monday morning, I'll have a PET scan at 12:45PM. Another round of cidofovir is scheduled for Thursday though Dr. Barker said the absence of diarrhea for these past few days and the fact that I haven't had a fever are very good signs.

Soon after I returned home from Sloan, I retraced my steps along the Grand Concourse to the 145 Street Bridge over into Harlem and back. This time I remembered to bring my camera along but the photos taken from the bridge aren't the most picturesque because of its fence. On the way back from Harlem, I decided to walk along River Avenue for a short bit to get a closer look at the construction that I mentioned seeing in the distance yesterday from the 145 Street Bridge.

3 Comments:

Comment Anonymous sweetisu said...

Hi Duane, I was getting a few referral hits from here and I was wondering what's it's about. Now I know. Thanks for the linkylove. :-)

Good luck with the PET scan. Try not to move too much eh. When I had it done so many years ago, I actually fell asleep.

If you haven't found it already, this mailing list by Peter and Lisa (both hodgkin's survivors, met b/c of HD and now married with 2 kids) really helped me tremendously during my struggles with hodgkin's:
http://hodgkinsdisease.org/

Keep up the good fight! You can do it! You will beat it!!

Fellow Hodgkin's survivor, 6.5 years of remission,
Jennic, 31.

3:44 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hi there Jennic,

It's my pleasure. Whenever I come across a Hodgkin's blog, I like to add it to my list. It's all about getting the word out there to others.

Congrats on being in remission for 6.5 years. I hope to be at that same point some day.

Thoughtfully,
Duane

7:01 PM  
Comment Blogger Tom (dB) said...

Hi Duane,

thanks for your comment. I continue to read your blog too. You are such an inspiration with your positive outlook.

Keep looking after yourself; I pray for you every day.

11:04 PM  

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