Wednesday, July 18, 2007

He must be part Sherpa

Dave is extremely anemic now but he still manages to walk up the hill to and from the hospital, and up & down the stairs at home, with just minimal shortness of breath, and no complaining.

We got to the hospital today and were told that his chemotherapy was canceled for the rest of this week, because his blood counts are too low. As of yesterday afternoon:

WBC 7.5 (and climbing again, after a low of 6.5)
RBC 1.67
HGB 6.5
HCT 19.5 (and dropping rapidly)
Platelets 131

He now has Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, so they have started him on high-dose Prednisone. He goes back next week for more blood work and (maybe) more chemo.

(Image is Ang Dorjee Sherpa celebrating his 8th summit of Everest - by Alan Arnette)

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