David Blair

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From Diana:
Hello, This is my attempt to create a group where I can keep family and friends up to date on David's Status.  If I haven't talked to you directly, I apologize as I am very busy taking care of things.  3 weeks ago David was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  It is a very aggressive type of Leukemia that is very difficult to get under control.  He has been in the hospital since 5/13 getting treatment including Chemo.  

David is on day 15 in the hospital.  On day 13 he started running a 101.6 temp so they started giving antibiotics along with all the other meds. They believe he had the start of an infection, but he has had a normal temp since Friday.    When we saw the doctor today he said AML can go into remission but without Chemo it will come back.  He will be on Chemo 3 days a week for life unless he is a candidate for a bone marrow transplant.  If he is, there are risks for that procedure at his age.  After he comes home and gets to complete remission, he would have to be in the hospital for another month for a bone marrow stem cell transplant from a donor.  Right now, it is one day at a time.  Going into the hospital he was very positive and continually said he would beat this.  But hearing that it would never completely go away is a setback for him. He is getting platelets and blood transfusions to bring up his counts.  Today was the first day his counts went up since Chemo was completed.  His hemoglobin is at 7.5.  It was at 6.1 yesterday morning.  This is a really good sign.  

On day 21, Friday 6/3 they will test his bone marrow to see if the Chemo is working.  If it is, he should go home the following week.  The doctor said he should get strong enough to drive and continue on with things like playing golf. We just need to keep his spirits up considering he is so miserable in the hospital.  Not to mention how bad the food is.  They say you lose your appetite with Chemo, but being in the hospital is enough to make you lose your appetite.

Prayers and positive thoughts are welcome.  When he starts feeling a little better, I know he will love getting a call.  His cell is 303-522-0823.  If you call him be sure and talk about what is happening outside the hospital in your life.  He doesn’t like to talk about what is happening to him.

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