Today is Saturday and I am at Northwest Hospital getting a blood transfusion- my hematocryt was 29 on Friday. When it gets this low I can get out of breath simply walking up a flight of stairs. So, I am excited for the burst of energy I will get from this transfusion. It takes about 2 hours per unit so I should be out by about 2:30PM today.

It’s great to have Heather and Johnny home. Bo gets home this afternoon. Overall I am feeling pretty good. I am eating pretty normally but small wee portions more frequently during the day. I continue to be in some pain so I have not reduced my pain medication yet- hopefully that will come tomorrow. Without going into detail I will say that my ostomy is taking some getting used to. My biggest fear is having an accident in public! I am told that caring for my ostomy will quickly become automatic- I can hardly wait. I’m not used to this kind of anxiety-maybe it’s something I need to work on-imagine that!

The current assessment of my unexpected week at UWMC is that my small intestine took longer than normal to wake up after surgery. Going home as early as I did and eating caused the intestine to get backed up. The other thing they discovered is that the E. Coli (bacteria) in my liver was resistant to all the antibiotics we have been using with the exception of Flagyl. So I am now on Flagyl and Bactrim to fight my liver infection.

Next Wednesday I meet with Dr Doug Lee and begin chemo again. On Thursday I meet with the residents at UWMC to review my surgery. I imagine I will have 2-3 chemo treatments before we take a CT scan to see what the liver looks like with the ostomy in place. If we can clearly differentiate the tissue-dead cells, cancer cells, normal cells- we can talk about further surgery to remove the liver tube, ostomy as well as part of the cancerous liver.

I hope you are having a great weekend. God is Good, All the Time, God is Good!

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2 Comments so far

  1. jim crowell on June 23, 2007 1:54 pm

    All of you ~ Hang In There! We and our prayers are constantly with all of you. Remember who Don is. God doesn’t give us more than we can handle and that is why Don is far exceeding what the rest of us could handle.

    Jim and Terri

  2. Larisa Kaukonen on June 25, 2007 9:40 am

    Praying for you to have a great week, Don. May your upcoming chemotherapy be targeted and powerful and leave you with enough energy to enjoy the June sunshine.

    Blessings to you, brother,

    Larisa and family

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