Saturday, December 22, 2007

John is doing well

Hi you all!  Just wanted to give you an update on John's appointment at Hershey Medical Center on Monday.

Although the day of John's appointment started out badly due to the ice storm, the day ended better than anticipated.  John's lab results showed that he is doing better than expected.  He got a rather good report from Dr. Claxton.

Although John had a very compromised immune system (almost none) for about five weeks, his immunities are now in the normal range!  Not the best immune system in the world, but he has a regular immune system!  To make sure this continues, Dr. Claxton is tapering John off his immunosuppressants. 

The immunosupressants have been weakening John's immune system since he went on them after the bone marrow transplant.  But he has had to take them so that his body didn't reject the donor marrow (that he got in the bone marrow transplant).  When John stops taking the immunosuppressant in six months, his immune system should be free to work normally.  We don't need to worry about John rejecting his donor, when he goes off the medications, at this point, because his marrow has turned just about all donor.  So this will be a good move.  

So John will be tapering off his prednisone and his immunosuppressant (that he takes to prevent him from rejecting his donor).  When he is off of those two medications, his immune system will probably function normally!  Praise God for that!

What else?  John's kidney function has improved!  It must be that strict diet we have him on, LOL.  This is the best it has been in maybe more than a year and a half!  Not really sure why, but we'll take it!

John's platelets (that make his blood clot) fell a little.  They are not in normal range.  Dr. Claxton isn't worried though, as he has seen worse.

John's H&H are great.  He has enough oxygen in his blood.  He has enough blood.  That is probably because ofthe recent transfusion a few weeks ago.  But whatever works works, right?

Oh, there was only one negative thing in the whole appointment.  It appears that John has carpal tunnel syndrome.  He will probably have to get an operation.  He has increased his writing and typing lately.  You know, the journal, LOL.  Now he has gone and gotten himself carpal tunnel!

Okay, Dr. Claxton thinks John looks really great.  What a blessing to hear at Christmastime. 

I hope you all are doing well also.

Love you all,

Krissy :)  


  1. littlelady169912/22/2007 10:10 PM

    YIPPEEEE! good going John!!!!!!



  2. That is some good news.  Hopefully that will make your Christmas a whole lot better.  Have a nice Sunday.


  3. Wonderful Fantastic news and Christmas too!!!
    Linda :)

  4. All around that is some pretty wonderful news! What a strong man John is? I was very pleased to read entry as I bet you were to write it! Take care and I hope john, yourself and your entire family have a wonderful wonderful Holiday!


  5. I'm so glad that he got a good report!! What a good Xmas you will have now.

  6. how awesome that you got some good news!  After all the not-so-great stuff, you deserve a little 'woohoo!'....

    What diet is he on for his kidneys?!


  7. That is wonderful that he is doing good. Praise the Lord. He is so good. So glad that you got a good report... what a wonderful Christmas gift. God Bless, Janie

  8. treesrgreen7812/22/2007 11:59 PM

    What wonderful news that John is doing well now, a beautiful Christmas present for you both.  May you and your family have a wonderful Xmas and a very Happy New Year.  God bless.

  9. YEAH!  What a great Christmas present. ... sending more good thoughts and Merry wishes your way.  
    love ya

  10. alwaysireneann12/23/2007 12:55 AM

    Oh Krissy I love good news!!  Who says God doesn't answer prayers!!!  Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Godspeed.   Hugs~Irene

  11. Krissy,
    What wonderful news.  And, the very best time to get this great news.  Hugs, Luanne

  12. Krissy,
    What wonderful news.  And, the very best time to get this great news.  Hugs, Luanne

  13. Fantastic News Krissy!   Just in time to cheer us all up for Christmas.  
    Prayers do work you see...with the doctor's expertise too.  <smile>
    I wish you both a Happy, Healthy and Contented Christmas this year.
    God Bless you both.
    Just wonderful news to mull over today.
    Jeanie  xxxx

  14. All those reports sound great Krissy. I am so glad. Sit back now, relax and enjoy your Christmas together. Helen

  15. Thats great news and just in time for Christmas.
    after what he has been through carple tunnel dont seem so bad.,,,lol

  16. What wonderful news! AND the best Christmas present ever for you two!!

  17. It's Christmas!! Tammy

  18. What wonderful news Krissy more especially at this time of the year - how wonderful is God!

  19. Very pleased for you both Krissy, a perfect Christmas gift :-)

  20. Praise God--So glad to hear such wonderful news! :)


  21. That's wonderful news!

  22. Well, carpal tunnel syndrome is nothing compared to what he's been thru.  I've had surgeries on both my wrists and found that a wrist brace helps.  You can get an Rx for one or buy them over the counter at a pharmacy.   Praise God...John is doing so well.   Linda in Washington state

  23. cacklinrosie10112/23/2007 12:15 PM

    LOL...if carpal tunnel is the worst thing right now, then the Lord has definitely blessed the both of you this Christmas.  What a gift!  I know you have to be doing a huge happy dance.  Hope you, John and Michael have a wonderful Christmas!  Love you, Chris

  24. Thats fantastic news about John Krissi,I hope the tunnel syndrome doesn't cause him too much pain..He has been so through much and you too with him.I hope you both have A Very Blessed Christmas time and all is well throughout the Fetsive Season for you and yours.Prayers continueing for you and all your family GOD IS GOOD.Take Care God Bless.Kath

  25. God is good, Honey. THis is great news, the best ever.
    Love you,

  26. Hello Krissy, I`m so pleased for you, that`s wonderful news. I hope you and John have a very Happy Christmas. :o)

    Love Sandra xxxx

  27. christiniareid12/23/2007 4:02 PM

    hi my name is Mary i hope that your husband inproves even more than he has. I just wanted to say im praying for your family. Leave me a comment at Marys blog please.

  28. Krissy,

    So glad to hear how well John is doing!  What a blessing!  One couldn't ask for a better Christmas gift!  God is so merciful, generous, and kind!

    From reading a few of your other entries, I can see that you've had quite an adventurous--and uncertain--week, with the recent ice storm!  Glad things worked out well!  Your photos are absolutely beautiful--though I must say that I'm very happy to be able to look at them from afar!  LOL!

    Wishing both you and John God's continued blessings this Christmas and throughout the New Year!


  29. great news:) Merry Christmas


  30. princesssaurora12/23/2007 4:43 PM

    I am so happy to hear about John doing well!  Yay!  Sending more prayers your way.  John should get wrist braces and wear them at night when sleeping, it will improve the carpal tunnel.  He should try to avoid the surgery... I worked for hand surgeons for over 10 years.

    be well,

  31. carolelainedodd12/23/2007 4:52 PM

    This is very good news Krissy.
    Wishing you and John a Very Merry Christmas.

  32. lifesabench612/23/2007 4:55 PM

    Krissy I am so happy that John is doing so well--  May you both have a wonderful Christmas and many many Blessings in the New Year!!!  God Bless you both!  Carolyn

  33. I can't believe it.  After all John has gone through...NOW he had carpel tunnel. Yikes.
    I had carpel tunnel operation.  In and out of the operating theater in one long morning...Home in time for supper.   But then having to wear a cast on my arm was nuisance.  i forget if it was a week or more.
    I had to have the caregivers give me my showers... that was the only fun part of the whole adventure/.  also typing with my left hand only, slowed me down...consderably

  34. midwestvintage12/24/2007 10:58 AM

      What a great report.  Too bad about the carpal tunnel.  I am going to be getting surgery on mine again also.   Merry Christmas.



  35. A great blessing to hear all that good news.  

  36. Krissy,
    I had carpal tunnel surgery in Davenport, IA in about 1979.  It was horrible and didn't heal for ages.  Then i had it in my other hand here in Mason City, and I had NO trouble.  The First was done by a neurosurgeon (ICK) the second by an ortho.  My left hand has never really been right since the surgery.  My doctor told me that I could have it redone, but that chances of the surgery working when it's redone weren't good. So I have not ever had it redone.

    I spend an average of 5 hours a day on the computer. Someday's I skip, but I make up for it other days.  It probably does make my bad wrist worse but I don't care. And I am NOT having ANOTHER carpal tunnel surgery anyway!

    To John that would be a piece of cake though.  I just don't think sugery always works, so I am not going for it again.  Both my hands wake me up at night several times and I have to move them around to get them to reciculate.  It's odd though, they never do that in the day time.  It could also be one of my cervical disks in my neck is causing this. And again, I am NOT having any more neck surgery.  They had their chance to "fix" me and it didn't help much or enough.  I am not big on that kind of surgery anymore.


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