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Saturday, March 14, 2009

The day after Christmas

Day +1 Health Score 79

My nurse, Gayla, kept reminding me that this experience should be like the day after Christmas; anticlimactic. Today could be well described as that. I actually feel much better now that the hiccups have subsided. They also gave me 1 unit (450 cc) of Packed red blood cells because my hematocrit was only 25%. I am still able to walk around the nursing unit and ride the stationary bike, otherwise I am confined to my room. Thankfully, the night nurse found me the access code to the Stanford Internet so I can watch Hulu reruns of The Office and Lie To Me, (and of course, 'Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog.) I have had the opportunity to help Barbie with her Organic Chemistry which I really enjoy. She is grasping the concepts so fast, but she will never admit that. I've never seen a student so dedicated.
The chaos and uncertainty that we so long feared with her in school and me here has been resolved through the kindness and generosity of so many people. Through our friends, the Hargadon's, Barbie has a place to stay while I am in the hospital. While she is in school from Monday to Wednesday, friends and family will be here to keep me company and keep her updated on my progress. Truly these are answers to prayers.

I remain in great spirits. My bad plasma cell clones are dead and dying; while Captain Stem Cell is coming to save the day. I expect next week to be tough, but that's OK. I am learning so much through all of this.

I guess I smell bad today, it's the DMSO preservative for the cells, Barbie keeps feeding me breath mints. What would I do without her.

Kevin

1 comment:

The Evans said...

Kevin,
They talked about heroes on THE OFFICE. I don't know if you fit into Dwight's description of a HERO... but you are definitely some kind of SUPER HERO!

Keep up the fight :)
~Marni


THE OFFICE:

Mr. Brown: At Diversity Today, we believe it's very easy to be a hero. All you need are honesty, empathy, respect, and open-mindedness.
Dwight Schrute: Ah, excuse me? I'm sorry, but that's not all it takes to be a hero.
Mr. Brown: Great, well, what is a hero to you?
Dwight Schrute: A hero kills people that wish him harm. A hero is part human and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster, that must be avenged.
Mr. Brown: Uh, you're thinking of a Superhero.
Dwight Schrute: We all have a hero in our heart.