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Jim R. update was posted 12/31/2001 11:25 pm by Nancy R.
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Improving! That's it in a word. Jim is now almost 4 weeks post-Whipple. He had dropped to 170 lbs (from an original 218). He's gained back 4 pounds in the last couple of days. We had a visit from the daughter, son-in-law, and grandson (8 mos.) I think it did Jim a world of good, even though the house is not sufficiently large for comfortably accomodating extra people.

I'm still doing wound dressing and packing 2ce a day. No big deal. Wound looks fine.

I guess the next phase is to reschedule the initial visit with the oncologist and develop a plan. I just hope we can come up with a better season plan than the Cleveland Browns did! At least in football there's a clearly visible scoreboard--all sorts of numbers to measure success. I think this process will be harder to evaluate on an ongoing basis--less tangible measurements.

Can someone explain the test for CA 19? What is it? How often done? What does it predict?

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