Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hospital Haiku

Haiku is a form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables.

Razor blades are feared.

Time for electric razor.

Too few platelets.

Pondering life's twists.

What turns leukemia's key?

More research needed.

Outside the window

Hospital staff park their cars

Grateful patients wait.

"It's a game changer."

Gil's words in the ER.

Suspecting leukemia.

Infused TPN

Calories providing food

Running night and day.

Neutrophils rising.

Hail hematopoiesis.

(Medical jargon.)

Neutraphils are up to 0.9 today. The oncology team says we're aiming for a level of 4-10. Another bone marrow biopsy to guide treatment decisions will be done on Friday or Monday.

(BTW, Evan and Marika reported that the Wilco concert last night was well worth staying up for until 2 o'clock am!)

They are packing tonight to go back to California tomorrow. Evan is having elective knee surgery on Friday and Marika is going to take care of him for the next ten days. He's having an autologous cartilage transplant and will need to be on crutches for 6-8 weeks.

In the meantime, Gil gets stronger and feels better each day.

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