Category Archives: Health Update

Revisiting the Hospital

One thing Deb really hoped to avoid was going back into the hospital.  For the past 7 weeks at home, Andy and I have done everything we could to keep that from happening.  We’ve made sure that Deb receives all … Continue reading

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Donor Infusion

Andy and I and Deb’s friend Christopher went with Deb today to Stanford, where she received her donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) as an outpatient.  The lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, were collected from Deb’s original donor, Mr. International, … Continue reading

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Riding the Waves

Deb has been out of the hospital for a month now, and I know an update is long overdue.  Deb was extremely weak when she came home, and is still struggling to do basic things like walk up stairs alone.  … Continue reading

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No Longer in ICU

Deb was released from ICU last week and moved back up to her regular floor of the hospital.  The care in ICU was excellent, but it is comforting to be back where we know all the wonderful nurses so well.  … Continue reading

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ICU Update

It’s been a tough week for Deb — and Andy and me too.  Saturday morning Deb’s breathing tube was removed and she is completely off the ventilator and breathing on her own.  However she is still experiencing labored breathing and … Continue reading

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Making Progress

Last night the doctor lowered the sedation level for Deb, and she became fully awake and alert and communicated with us by writing questions.  This morning they did a spontaneous breathing trial by turning the ventilator off and allowing Deb … Continue reading

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Deb Moved to ICU

Deb has been having difficulty breathing for some time, and edema (swelling) in her lower legs, feet and abdomen.  A CT scan of her chest was done yesterday afternoon looking for a cause for her breathing difficulty, and the results … Continue reading

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