Day +273: And she will always carry on…

“Something is lost
But something is found
They will keep on speaking her name
Some things change
Some stay the same”

Today is the 9-month anniversary of my rebirth (aka bone marrow transplant). I saw my local hematologist yesterday, the routine monthly appointment. CBC results continue to look great:

WBC: 3500 (norm 3000-11200)
Granulocytes (~ANC): 2300 (norm 1400-9200)
Platelets: 260 (norm 150-450)
RBC: 3.94 (norm 3.90-4.90)
HGB (hemoglobin): 13.9 (norm 11.5-14.3)
HCT (hematocrit): 39.7 (norm 34.0-42.2)

Dr. B is still concerned about my weight loss, another 5 lbs. I do better eating for awhile and then have a few bad days that set me back again. Fortunately, I still have some spare pounds that won’t be missed! Other than that, splotchy skin, and a little fatigue, I’m doing very well. The doctor is hoping that the end of the Vidaza treatments in January will herald much more improvement.

Michael had an exciting birthday week with an earthquake and a hurricane. The earthquake caused us no problem, and our only casualty from Irene was a cracked ceramic tile on one of our patio tables, easily replaced. We didn’t even lose power, very surprising since we live in the middle of the woods. All of our local friends and family lost electricity anywhere from a couple of hours to several days. Some are still without, and schools have not opened here yet. They were supposed to start yesterday. The post storm weather is gorgeous – warm and sunny with little humidity. I’m enjoying it immensely.

Day +261 taglines:
Doctor My Eyes, Jackson Browne (IDed by Cathy)
Bell Bottom Trousers, Guy Lombardo (no one IDed)


  1. Karen, What great news! Your blood work is perfect! Perhaps you can buy all new clothes! smiles I, on the other hand, am packing on the pounds with the prednisone. It is simply amazing what medicine can do – good and bad. Keep doing good! Hugs, Lori

  2. Looks like everything is in the normal zone. So that is great. And I am so glad that you did not receive any damages from the earthquake or the hurricane. David’s niece is bummed that it wasn’t bigger. She wanted to “brag” about her experience with a hurricane. Having grown up in CA the earthquake was a no brainer for her. She thought the hurricane was a lame. (Her words, not mine.) However, I think others thought it was bad. Especially those who lost a love one. My prayers go out to them. And I am keeping you in my prayers too.
    Tagline: The Pretenders-Hymn to Her.

  3. HAPPY 9 MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did you get the Salagen?

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