“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:
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!
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)