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Old October 12th, 2010, 08:19 PM
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I evidently inadvertently posted the following on today's thread. I have added it's own to make it easier to spot for those interested.

I am so very sorry I have been so remiss in writing as I have tried to await good news, but it's not really happened although today Fran was somewhat better.

For those who are familiar with such things, her platelet count is 49,000 (49) and her white cell count was down to 1.3 (normal being 5 to 9)until they gave her Nupogen shots which brings it up some and then it again falls.

They are running every test known to medical science to try and figure out just what is causing her fevers. Because of her very low platelet count, she is having problems breathing even though her blood oxygen level is 97. She also had to have two units of whole blood last evening.

Today she appeared somewhat better. She is currently on Vancomycin and (the anti-fungal antibiotic Bactrim that she took for her pneumonia).

She has not had any fever yet today though she did suffer chills this afternoon. Last evening, the chills were so severe I thought the bed was going to shake. It is also so distressing watching her trying to breathe.

She had a test (I don't know the name) wherein they took a large amount of blood, spun off the white cells and then nuked them making them radioactive before re-injecting them early this afternoon. Two hours later they took her down for a scan. The purpose of this test is hopefully the radioactive cells will congregate where the infection is located. It might be in her lungs but they just don't know. It is, of course, possible that the fevers are a result of her Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma even though her oncologist doesn't think it is. If something is not done then he will perform a bone marrow biopsy.

She is still very sick but last night, she was so sick I actually was afraid I might get a middle of the night phone call.

Please please don't feel obligated to reply to this post. I know and treasure your support. I'll also say that in my prayers I faithfully insert my "prayer list" every night. Hopefully those on the list are themselves receiving relief or hopefully total recovery.

I am still trying to keep up the house as would my beloved Fran, but I fear I'm falling very short. I've just run out of gas a result, I'm sure, of constant worrying as I've not done anything really physically stressful.

In closing, my wife and I both thank and treasure each of you and your prayers accompanied by your wonderful words of encouragement.

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Itís not out of obligation people reply to your post. I feel certain itís out of genuine concern that we do.
I'm sorry to hear things havenít gotten better for Fran. I know you running on empty by now trying to be there for her and by keeping thing as she would. You need to give yourself a break. The house will keep fine it's you that needs some TLC. Please take a little time to tend to yourself so you can be there for Fran. Iíll keep praying for the both and know everyone here on this board is here for you. {{{HUGS}}} to you and Fran.
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Todd, I'm sorry that the news is not better. But it definitely sounds like the doctors are trying everything.

Please take care of yourself. As Areogirl said the house can wait.

You and Fran are in my prayers.
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I'm sorry to hear this news, I pray the doctors find the cause of the fevers soon and her white count increases. Don't worry about us feeling obligated to reply we reply because we want to. We understand what you are going through and we want to help you with our words even if we don't know the right thing to say all the time. Please take care for yourself and come on here anything you need to get things off your chest. We are here for you.
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I just want to echo the thoughts already expressed here.

My heart and prayers go out for both of you.

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Todd.........you & Fran are in our thoughts & prayers........




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Todd, I, too, echo what the others have said. Let the house go. Please take good care of yourself. I had a taste of care giving, and I know how difficult that is. Again, please take care of yourself!

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Todd I too echo the others here. We respond out of love for you and Fran. I pray for you both. Take care of yourself too. We care and we are here for you.

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Todd I too echo the others here. We respond out of love for you and Fran. I pray for you both. Take care of yourself too. We care and we are here for you.

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Todd,,,please know that you and Fran are both in my prayers. Hope to hear some good news soon,,,,
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