Monday, March 12, 2007

This sucks...but it sure looks nice!



Hi everyone:
For those of you who read the blog regularly, you'll know that the number above is far, far, far from ideal; I just wanted to try out a new Illustrator technique, so it's really just a sow's ear.
I suspect it would take a pretty optimistic doctor, even, to say that the reduction from 70/100 to 60/100 is one to greet with much enthusiasm. To flog a dead horse, if either number stays high -- for example, 100% -- it's extremely unlikely for a transplant candidate to receive a donor organ. For those of you who have read my constant descriptions of PRA, I'll spare the lengthy version today; suffice it to say that these aren't good numbers.
If you prefer to regard these numbers from an optimistic viewpoint, you could perhaps derive some comfort from the idea that in one month, one of the numbers dropped, and that subsequent treatments might make a further difference. By the end of the month, we should have another number, this time reflecting the second month of treatment. However, even if the 60% figure drops to, say, 10%, we will really be no further ahead if the second number stays high.
Sorry to sound like such a downer, here -- there are huge chinks in my armor from seeing Patty sick so often, particularly when it seems like the suffering was, in retrospect, all for naught. In fact, Patty has again started talking about when to say, "Enough is enough," at least as regards trying new things; I think she's hopeful she can beat the odds with the heart she has, at least for a while. I just want her to be well and happy, regardless of the means to that end.
Love,
Brian

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Is calling Patty's PRA numbers a sow's ear a veiled and not so clever way of calling her a pig?