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April
20
2021

April 19, 2021 - Monthly Update

Hi, everyone:

I had a one-month checkup today at the Mayo Clinic - blood tests, and meetings with the Pharmacist, Nurse Practitioner, Fellow Doctor (in training) and Dr. Alkhateeb.

The blood test results were all good and I told them that I am feeling great!  Dr. Alkhateeb said I should just stay on the same meds and keep doing what I’m doing.  I will start getting my childhood vaccinations again (they were wiped out with my transplant), and I can have my first annual dental appointment again since 2019.  This is progress! 

I will have another phlebotomy (“blood letting”) in a few weeks at Methodist Hospital to reduce my iron levels) and another bone marrow biopsy, chest CT scan, and pulmonary function test at Mayo in late May or early June.

I have had both Moderna vaccination shots two weeks ago, so I was able to celebrate my Dad’s 96th birthday yesterday and hug him and my family for the first time in over a year!  🤗 ❤️ I have also played and walked 9 holes of golf five times (about 3 miles each) and walked 18 holes last Saturday (about 6 miles).  My golf game sucks but I’m just happy to be back out there with my friends after missing all of last year!  It’s so nice to feel “normal” again! 😁 Hope springs eternal for the future (a quote from The Magnificent Caregiver)!

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Comments

  • Al Luna : It's so good to hear this news Elaine, what a blessing!
    4/22/21
  • linda Kraemer : This is really great news. Your upbeat positive outlook only strengthens your recovery. Thank you for keeping us updated and showing us how to approach adversity.
    4/22/21
  • P&K Dwyer : Awwwww it just doesn't get any better! You two are most deserving of all things good. Every day is a gift. Congrats!!!
    4/21/21
  • Kathy Herrild : Such great news Elaine. ♥️
    4/21/21
  • Dodie Russell : Yeh great 😊
    4/21/21
  • Norma Schwartz : It is so great to continue to hear the continuing success. Great job on the fight. And enjoy all you have ahead.
    4/20/21
  • KAREN BAKER : I am so happy to hear that you will soon be back to the retirement you deserve.
    4/20/21
  • maureen koehnen : Fabulous news, Elaine! So relieved to hear that all is going so well for you, post transplant! Our prayers continue for you and Denny, always!🙏 Glad to hear that you have been on the golf course once again! 🥰⛳️
    4/20/21
  • Paula Wallerus : Awesome news! Love it!
    4/20/21
  • Nancy Gillum : Wonderful news Elaine!❤️❤️❤️ Keep playing that golf and your walking! Love you Seeester!!
    4/20/21
  • Peggy Herrmann : Such wonderful news!! I will be smiling all day.
    4/20/21
  • Lynn LaBahn : So very happy to hear this!
    4/20/21
  • Pat Nelson : Soooooo glad to hear your Good News my dear......whata journey you two have been on......glad the end of the tunnel has appeared. Bless you both.
    4/20/21
  • Marsha Gronseth : That’s great news Elaine—looking forward to seeing you & Denny soon!
    4/20/21
  • Peggy Smith : This all sounds great😀
    4/20/21
  • Amy Keohane : Such wonderful news Elaine! And it's been so fun to golf with you! So happy you can be with your family again and celebrate your Dad! Keep up the great job of taking good care of yourself!
    4/20/21
  • Pete and Sandy Buss : Yay this is great news! So happy you can start to enjoy golf again 🏌🏻‍♀️
    4/20/21
  • Marlys Dean : Great news! Time to celebrate!
    4/20/21
  • LAURIE REDING : The good news continues!! Yay!!!! Jensen’s here we come😊
    4/20/21
  • Renae Hultgren : YAY!!
    4/20/21
  • Diane Holker : So happy for you Elaine!
    4/20/21
  • Marlene Crofoot : All is good, praise the Lord!
    4/20/21
  • Lori Eicher : so happy you are doing great !! Hugging family again and walking the golf course.. GREAT NEWS !!!
    4/20/21
  • Nancy Grammens : Such fantastic news Elaine!! So very happy about all your test results and wonderful progress. How precious to spend special celebrating with your Dad and family. So excited for you getting back to golf. We would love to play with you guys sometime soon. Hope to see you soon. 💞💞
    4/20/21
  • Katya Glozman : Thanks for sharing the great news, Elaine! So happy to hear you are able to enjoy your favorite pastime :-)!
    4/20/21
  • Bunny Meier : Great news. So glad your back on the course.
    4/20/21
  • Mary Ruhme : Such Good news! Glad you're back on the golf course and feeling better!
    4/20/21
  • Cory Gunderson : HURRAY for these blessings! HURRAY for healing!
    4/20/21