[stanford_status] Afternoon report
John R Larsen
john at larsen-family.us
Wed Nov 29 14:28:09 EST 2006
We received a call from Dr. O'Shea's office this morning with the
results of the blood work done yesterday. His hemoglobin (HGB) is
at 9.4. Last Wednesday, Nov 22nd, during this latest crisis his HGB
had dropped to 8.0. Normal range is 14.0 to 17.0, but lab tests on
Nov 15th showed his HGB was 10.0, which was already low due to
chemotherapy. Stanford received a transfusion of one unit of blood
last Wednesday. This normally bumps the HGB up a point, so it
should have been around 9.0. The fact that he is at 9.4 is
encouraging because that indicates little or no bleeding. Stanford
has an appointment at Dr. O'Shea's office on Monday, Dec 4th, at
Stanford had a better night last night (and so did I). During the
day when he naps we have been playing Danny Wright music in his room
to mask outside noise and fill the room with peaceful comfort. We
did that last night and that seems to have helped. He pretty much
slept through from 11:00 PM to 4:15 PM except for getting one
oxycodone at 12:30 AM. He was up from 4:15 PM to about 5:30 PM and
finally got through all the email that he had received.
After finishing with his email he went back to sleep until 7:45 AM
when he woke up in a fair amount of pain. Today is the day we
switch the timing of the time release oxicontin pain medication to
twice a day at 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. So he was a couple hours late.
I gave him the 40 mg of oxycontin and 10 mg of the faster acting
oxycodone. His pain eased up fairly quickly. He has been playing
games on his Wii, reading up on different Magic Cards, watching the
senior class video, and checking out stuff at homestarrunner.com.
Some members of the Nashua High South gaming club and their advisor
Mr. Heaton are coming over this afternoon at 2:30 PM to play games
of Magic the Gathering, one of Stanford's favorite things to do. He
will be resting soon to be ready for that.
We are still hoping for the miracle. Please keep us in your
thoughts and prayers.
John R Larsen <john at larsen-family.us>
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