Saturday, March 24, 2007

No surprises here

Hi everyone:

As anticipated, Patty awakened this morning to pretty severe nausea, headache and fatigue, and has continued to fare poorly throughout the day; the term "generally well tolerated" must really mean, in most instances, "within the patient's ability to endure, albeit barely." Patty moved from the bed to the sofa, but has had little motivation to be much more active than that.

If history serves as our guide, we can anticipate that Patty will be feeling rough for the next several days. I continue to be in awe of her toughness and perseverance; under the same circumstances, I doubt I would hold up as admirably.

For the second time in as many days, Patty experienced an irregular heart rhythm; this one felt erratic enough that Patty found it unsettling. These two incidents were the first in more than two weeks; we had fooled ourselves into thinking the reintroduction of metoprolol into Patty's drug regimen had taken care of the problem. Still, it's fair to say the frequency of her arrhythmias has been reduced.

Trish and Kathleen visited last night, and Kathleen is continuing her visit today; feel free to offer sympathy for the latter (okay, okay, I'm kidding.)

Please keep your fingers crossed that Patty will bounce back more quickly this time around.


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