Monday, August 24, 2009


That is the number in thousands of platelets I have in the average microliter (10 to the minus 6) of my blood. If my math is right, that a trillion or so platelets coursing through my veins. If platelets were dollars, I could be part of the economic stimulus package

Looks like the IVIG worked, or the bottom was reached, or the fall, now reversing, was just the toxic effects of high dose EGCG.

When I saw the report on the computer screen, the fire engine red coloring for abnormal results was gladly missing. The printout is more prosaic black and white.

Now the trick is to not overreact both to the good and bad news.

Off for a long bike ride and I will go surfing this week for sure. First I need to check the dings on my board and find my old rack. Or maybe I will just rent a board.

Hang gliding? Why not if the winds right.



Blogger Unknown said...

hi Brian

Good news, hoping it will continue.
Keep positive and keep writing.

Susan in London

August 24, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Good news - I will keep reading.

August 24, 2009 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger karen said...

I just got done reading your posts....I have a question for you..why can't more doctors be like you??? I have had doctors that have told me to get my affairs in order and have counted me out! Because I am stubborn (and a bit of a rebel I might add) I proved them wrong. I HAD AML in 1990, with three very young sons to raise, and with my husband's help my boys have turned into fantastic men. It was a long hard road, and my battle is not through. I now have hep C and cirrhosis and they tell me soon I will be needing to look seriously into a liver transplant. I had many blood transfusions in 1990 & 1991 before they even tested for hep c. Again, they are giving me my chances of surviving, if I am so lucky to even receive gift of a new liver.
When will "THEY" ever learn the power of a strong will and a person that also wants to experience 3rd childhood, and play with my grandchildren someday?
I am very happy for your good news today

August 24, 2009 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger pkenn said...

I call your approach the umbrella approach - if you have one it doesn't rain. I guess taking lunch and things to do worked like an umbrella on a cloudy day! Hang gliding? Is bungie jumping next or have you already done that? So glad that you got good news!!!!

August 24, 2009 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Terry and Linda Lee said...

I'm for the lunch and reading. You can always go to the beach and enjoy both if you don't have to hang out in a chair.

I'm glad for you and keeping a close watch on your news here and on facebook.

I came back from Ohio with a nasty something. I thought it was allergy when my nose went crazy, but when the thing changed the next day to cough, fever, ear, throat congestion I changed my mind. I drank lots of liquids with Mucinex was able to fly home. I was no longer sneezing and the drug calmed the cough for the flight so I kept to myself as I returned to WA Friday. I've yet to get in Terry's face and have been hand washing and cleaning and doing laundry. So far he's well. I so rarely get a cold or flu and get all the common immunizations, I was surprised to be sick. I think I was just overtired from 4 days at a great women's conference. That was sandwiched between days of watching and helping with our 6 grandchildren from 8 mo to 10 yrs. I love to be with them, but is is tiring. Now my daughter-in-law has it and is in second trimester. Sounds like it's not stopping her much, but I hate to think I brought it to her. Our son returned from Sonoma to Ohio and got virtually blind with hay fever eyes and even had fever, so who knows who had what. I keep telling him to buy a farm in the NW where we don't have rag weed. . . Maybe one day. He was never blind by milder hay fever here.

Keep on keeping on, Brian. You are an example to many. You also have us for support. My best to your family,

August 25, 2009 at 1:14 AM  
Blogger E. Kostich said...

With regards to Karen's question, Dr. K truly is unlike any doc I've met. He is more like my consigliere through this mortal journey, as opposed to a mere physician. Drop the modesty for a moment Dr. K and post these platitudes! It is because of these traits that I was convinced your fate would be a positive one.
Fight on...

August 25, 2009 at 11:28 AM  

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