Day +420: The movies are great medicine…

“Thank you, Thomas Edison
for giving us the best years of our lives.”

I had routine blood work today, and almost everything continues to look good:

January 24:
WBC: 5800 (norm 3000.-11200.)
ANC: 3200 (norm 1400.-9000.)
Platelets: 351 (norm 130-382)
RBC: 4.11 (norm 3.90-4.90)
HGB (hemoglobin): 14.8 (norm 11.5-14.3)
HCT (hematocrit): 44.1 (norm 34.2-42.2)
Alkaline phosphatase, S: 190 (norm 25-150)
AST: 67 (normal 0-40)
ALT: 68 (normal 0-40)

My hematologist believes the slight elevation of liver enzymes is due to mild GVHD. I’ll be checked again in a few weeks.

The dentist filled my two cavities today and prescribed a fluoride toothpaste. I return for a regular cleaning and checkup in June.

I saw the dermatologist January 9. The CeraVe wash and Promiseb cream are helping with the seborrheic dermatitis, so I don’t need to return for a year.

The only prescription med (aside from the topical cream) I’m taking currently is Previcid for acid reflux several times a week. Life is returning to normal!

What prompted this week’s tag line? I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last week. Wanting to know more details, I’ve been reading Steig Larsson’s trilogy this week on my Kindle. These are not literary greats but are definitely page turners. I usually like books better than their film counterparts but this time, the film followed the book very closely, although the answer to the central mystery was changed somewhat. I suspect the change was made to keep the film from being too long and did not affect the story in any bad way.

For me, both books and movies are great medicine. We have a huge DVD collection, and my friend Chris and I have movie night every week. This week we’ll probably watch the original Swedish versions of the Larsson films. Recently, we’ve been enjoying the BBC television series, Merlin. If you have any film or book recommendations, please include them in your comments or send me an email!

Tag Lines…
Day +401: Holding Out for a Hero, Bonnie Tyler (although I was thinking of the Shrek version by Frou Frou), (IDed by Sarah)
Day +409: Hello Mary Lou, Ricky Nelson (IDed by Greg)

6 Comments:

  1. Great counts on all you tests. You are probably more “normal” than me. 😀

    David and I recently watched the “Twilight” movies. (Not the last one that came out though.) I have seen them before and thought they were ok. But what really surprised me is that David enjoyed them. Who would have thought? He wants to see the last movie now. And just so you know, we are Team Jacob.

    The only movie that I can think of that we watched recently that is a must see is “Temple Grandin.” It was really good. Based on a true story of a lady named Temple Grandin who is autistic. Very good.

    I did look up the tagline. It is from a very good “movie”. 🙂 (Well, I really have no idea how good “movie” is.) :/

  2. hI kAREN;
    IT WAS GREAT HEARING YOUR VOICE AND BEING ABLE TO TALK TO YOU.
    GLAD TO READ YOUR BLOOD WORK WENT WELL.
    KNOW YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS EVERY DAY.
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.
    HUGS
    JAN

  3. You sound like me….books and movies!!!….you don’t know what you just asked for….I’ve been addicted to both….will email you a grand list of both….but you need to send some to me too 🙂

  4. Merlin: AKA the saga of the linen carriers!

    Still love it, and our movie nights, too!

    Love ya!

  5. Hi Karen:

    My name is Mike Breuer and I’m with the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation. I wondered if you’d be interested in writing a short story (300-500 words)for our web site and on-line publication about your MDS experience. We call these stories “Stories of Hope” because they are meant to inspire those battling bone marrow failure disease. If you’re interested, please send me an email at breuer@aamds.org. and I’ll provide more details. Thanks.

  6. Mike – I’d be happy to do an article. Thanks for the additional info.

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