Sunday, August 03, 2008

day +350

The diarrhea and upset stomach have continued for five days now. On Friday, I stopped by Sloan for a blood draw and dropped off a stool sample. I'm supposed to return to Sloan tomorrow for another blood draw, but I don't know if the results of the stool analysis will be available then.

My sister and I attended Monday's Yankees-Orioles game during which I ate two hot dogs in the late innings. My nurse, Alli, thought the diarrhea may have been caused by the "dirty water dogs" as she described them, but my mom and others think that's unlikely. The fact that the diarrhea has continued for five days may mean that the cause lies elsewhere. Maybe my time outside at Wave Hill on Tuesday was the catalyst. Indeed, the diarrhea began later that day after having spent too much time under the hot morning sun. Perhaps the stool analysis will offer some clues.

My sister and I had planned to attend the New York Presbyterian Hospital's Ninth Annual Transplant Alumni Luncheon Cruise in New York harbor this morning, but I didn't feel up to it after a night soured by an upset stomach and diarrhea. I just didn't feel eager to be out and mingling with lots of people. I received my autologous stem cell transplant at NYPH in 2006.

I see Dr. C-M on Thursday.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am sure this is just a timy bump in the road that will clear up in no time! Do you have anything special planned for your big one year??? You'll have to let me know when you feel well enough to visit! Keep your positive attitude is soooo contagious!


12:27 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey Mindy,

No particular plans at the moment. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. :)

2:29 PM  
Comment Anonymous Brandi said...


As a fellow Hodge patient, you have really become a source of inspiration for me. Your undying positive attitude and willingness to get through anything and everything has proven an amazing trait that your carry. I am also inspired by your photography and love of art, as I have told you before, as there is so much that can be said and felt in just one picture.

I know that I have not spoken with you in some time now, but you have not left my mind. Your story has really made an impression on me, which is why I am here to award you with the "Brilliante Weblog Premio 2008" Award. I was awarded this same award earlier this week, and part of accepting this award, is passing it on to others that have touched me and inspired me through their writings on their site. You can read more of what I have to say about you on my site, as well as pick up the award itself. I really do hope you accept it and display it proudly, as you greatly deserve the recognition of your "Prizefighting" demeanor. I wish you the best in everything going on with you right now. Thank you for being you!

4:58 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey Brandi,

Thanks so much for your kind words, but I don't consider what I'm doing particularly special. There are hundreds and hundreds of inspirational individuals battling cancer and other illness who go about it w/ such remarkable grace and courage. Just like you. In fact, in some ways I think I got it easy (which to some I know sounds strange), but when I think about the ways in which they have faced their colossal struggles, I'm remained humbled and amazed.

Thanks for passing along the "Brilliante Weblog Premio 2008" Award! How cool! I'll check out your blog to learn more about it and also, pass it on to someone else.

Many thanks again!! :)

10:17 AM  

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