Tuesday, June 30, 2009

6/30 Update - it will be another week in Gainesville

Creatinine is 1.0. The staff had proposed doing a biopsy next week to investigate the slow rise, but that doesn't make sense because the rise in creatinine seems to precisely coincide with the decrease in prednisone. In any event, it doesn't look like the family is coming home this week.

The new plan would be for Jake and Jen to drive to Jacksonville on Thursday night, and I would fly up there on Thursday night and fly back on Sunday. Jake would go back to clinic on Monday morning, and if that goes well I'll drive up later in the week.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

6/28 Weekend Update

A very nice weekend. Jake had an excellent time with his grandparents, and really didn’t want to go home. He had a blast on the beach Saturday night. We give him freedom to do what he wants (the beach is empty), and he ended up making drawings in the wet sand that were five blocks long. My rule is that I let him walk as far as he wants, as long as I can still discern the color of his bathing suit from towel basecamp. He still can't get his catheter wet. Once we're home (hopefully next week), we'll have it removed.

We went to see Star Trek (which was awesome). Jake thought it was too violent, so he had Jen take him out after five minutes.

I ran for 90 minutes on Saturday morning and went for a long bike ride along the Jacksonville coast this morning. It’s very pretty in the morning, before it gets unbearably hot..

Friday, June 26, 2009

6/26 Airport Update

Blogging is easiest when I have down time somewhere that has ample wi-fi. Of course it's hard when the blog is supposed to be about Jake and Jen and there are no actual status updates since a substantive post four hours ago. On the other hand, I may have purchased a pack of gum or seen a shiny object, and I can narcissisticly presume everybody else is as enthralled in these things as I am. More importantly, my two choices right now are (1) update the blog, or (2) listen to TV coverage of Al Sharpton talking about Michael Jackson's death. I choose option one - although I think I voted for Al Sharpton in the Democratic presidential primary a few years back (really).

I'm hanging out at Fort Lauderdale Airport waiting for the delayed flight to Jacksonville. The reason is that "they are having weather in Tampa". No specific kind of weather - just "weather."

The airport Dunkin' Donuts now stocks donuts, so that nightmare is apparently over. On the other hand, the Chicken Kitchen doesn't sell chicken - only something called a "chop-chop" that has pieces of chicken over a bowl of rice. That's not how I roll.

When I'm in a big room with lots of people, my sport is to play "spot the recent law school grad". The bar exam is next month, and you can spot the nervous people reading while holding a rainbow of highlighter pens. I've spotted two so far.

6/26 Update - maybe not

The creatinine was .91. They want to keep him in Gainesville another week, because he allegedly "seemed dry" at clinic yesterday. It doesn't make a lot of sense, because they had conceded that the creatinine levels are all basically the same, but then don't act accordingly.

Jen and Jake are going to Fernandina Beach to spend the weekend at Jen's parents' house. I will fly there tonight and fly back Sunday night. I am planning to pick them up in Gainesville on Thursday for the move-out. We may drive back to Fernandina Beach for the July 4th weekend so Jake can hook up with his cousins (who would come down from Atlanta for the weekend).

Easy Sweltering (i.e., supposed to be ploddingly slow) 10 8 mile run tomorrow and 50 mile scenic bike ride along the coast on Sunday.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

6/25 Update - Maybe this weekend . . .

The docs did an ultrasound on Jake to see if there is a visible cause of the afternoon abdomen pain. It doesn't hurt when they apply pressure to that area in the morning, so they still think it may be colon pressure on the new kidney. It appears that his creatinine is stable at the .7 to .9 mark. If the ultrasound report (which comes tomorrow) is favorable, we'll be able to go home this weekend. I'm driving up a one-way rental car tomorrow afternoon, and hope to drive back in our overflowing SUV.

Jake and Jen are going to the Melting Pot for dinner with our friend Dr. Laura and our student nurse/nanny Lauren.

I was up really late last night preparing for some hearings, and thought it was an acceptable idea to run for an hour on the treadmill this afternoon. I'm hurtin'.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

6/24 Update

Today Jen felt pretty good (there was a manicure and pedicure on the schedule), but Jake had sharp pains in his side in the afternoon.  Tomorrow is the nephrology clinic, so they need to have a better answer than “upset stomach”.  We also hope to get an action plan for when we can leave Gainesville.

We don’t have defined weekend plans yet.  We may go to Jacksonville again, or we may stay in Gainesville.  If we go to Jacksonville, my bike won’t be ready so I’ll have to run instead. Yuck.  I apparently committed myself to run the Fort Lauderdale 13.1 half marathon with our friend Susan on November 15th.  I had already signed up for the MiamiMan half-ironman on November 8th, so the only way I’m going to be able to do both is to get into full marathon shape so the half-marathons will seem like training runs.  This means I have to really train this year, not the half-assed marathon training I’d done in the past (which resulted in crappy marathon times and nagging injuries).  A journey of 26 miles starts with a single step, but the journey sucks.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

6/23 Tech experiment

Being a wild and crazy guy, I spent a bachelor night installing Windows 7 Beta on my PC, as well as Windows Live (which allows remote blog design and entry). Big party right here. So far, I've discovered that the "Blogger" platform doesn't enjoy have pages injected into it from outside programs.

Nothing much to report. Jake says that he didn’t play much with his friends when they visited him today because they went to the mall, and he doesn’t consider the mall to be a fun place to play. He says that his side still hurts every evening (even after snacking therapy), so we need to check that out this week.

6/23 Update

Jake's creatinine is down to .80. It seems to fluctuate within a standard deviation off the mean. Of course, if we knew the mean exactly (instead of estimating it), we'd use (n) instead of (n-1) in the denominator. I can graph it for you if you like. No, really, it's no problem.
Jen's stomach feels better than it did this weekend. The Rodriguez family visited today, which was nice. Unfortunately, Jake spent much of that time playing on his Nintendo DS like a zombie.

I expect that we'll go back to Jacksonville this weekend, but we'll see.

6/23 Update

Jen's been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia in her stomach, which means that it's twisted upon itself a bit. The docs inferred that it's not directly related to anything that was done as part of the surgery, but she didn't have it before the surgery. She's still has some tummy pain, but part of the treatment is to each a few small meals during the day so she doesn't get empty (which is the same thing they told Jake for his tummy pain). That seems to be working, and she feels better than she did this weekend.

Jake's doing fine. He's engrossed in the "story mode" of an epic Yu Gi Oh Nintendo DS game. Once that's over, who knows?

We may have some friends from Miami stop by and visit Jake and Jen in Gainesville this week. Jake's looking forward to that.

I came back to Miami last night. Got up at 6 to go a long easy bike ride, but had to sit and watch as a thunderstorm rolled in.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

6/21 Update

100 degrees in Jacksonville today. Jake and his friends were cooped-up in the house all day. He generally feels good.

Jen is still feeling ill. I cancelled my flight back to Miami tonight so I could drive them back to Gainesville. I'm going to take Jen to the transplant clinic in the morning, and rent a car and drive home after that.

We went to the beach yesterday afternoon, which was a load of fun except for my stupidity in walking there (on the scalding pavement) barefoot. I ended up with large blisters on the bottoms of my feet, so I couldn't run today. The Jacksonville bike will be in the shop for another week, so I couldn't ride. I ended up spending the morning learning how to configure the Thunderbird email program on the in-laws' computer, because their Outlook Express is irreparably bonked. It's aerobic mental exercise.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

6/20 update

I'm in the mood for Zipz. Remember Zipz? The "make your own sundae" place. The biggest size was the zonker, but we usually got our sundaes in a mini baseball helmet bowl.

It's about 100 degrees, so we're hanging out in the house until it cools off a bit. We went to a restaurant on the water for lunch, where I took the picture.

Crummy bike trip, but a beautiful morning. 5 miles from home, the right pedal came off. The crank threads were completely stripped off - so much so that it can't be re-threaded. Rode home with one pedal. I then got a flat 2 miles from home. The bike is at the only bike shop in Fernandina, and I don't know if they can find and old replacement crank in their parts pile or whether they'll need to order one.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Greetings From Fernandina Beach

Jake and Jen had a nice evening at the beach. Grandpa "Beep" brought a ditch-digging shovel, so they were able to do some neighborhood redevelopment in the sand. Jake's friends Max and Masha were also down at the beach, so he was able to see them for a while. Jen is fighting a bug, so she's a little worn out.

We'll do some beach tomorrow evening. Jake's anti-rejection medicines make him very sun-sensitive, so we can't go to the beach (which is about 200 yards from the house) until late in the day. After I get back from the morning bike ride, I'll spend the mid-day hours doing my son-in-law duties -- devirusing and otherwise repairing the inlaws' desktop PC. Their wireless ssid is "Larry". On the other hand, their MacBook Pro ("Little Larry") still runs like a champ.

6/19 update

There's a Dunkin' Donuts in Terminal One at Fort Lauderdale Airport. They don't carry donuts. I didn't want a donut, but still . . .

Jake's creatinine is .90. Prograf is up to 12.5 (we want it below 10). Potassium is good at 5.0. We don't know if creatinine is up because the Prograf level is up, whether .90 is merely within the standard deviation of his "good baseline" function levels, or whether it's something else. I tend to favor the explanation that allows me to make use of my masters degree in statistics (actually econometrics, but it's pretty much the same thing). For more math goodness, try out the new Wolfram Alpha search engine, from the authors of the nerdgasmic Mathematica software package.

Jen had her CAT-scan today. No results, but it was apparently an unpleasant series of logistical problems culminating with a spill of the dye on her new outfit.

We're spending the weekend at Jen's parents' house in Fernandina Beach, Florida (a/k/a "Amelia Island"). It's really nice, and Jake loooooves the kids who live next door. It should be a nice weekend.

I'm typing this on the Netbook at the airport while rocking out on Pandora (the Muse channel) on the Pre and sucking down a decaf iced coffee. Yuppie sterotypical bliss. For those who mock the Larry decaf coffee diet, I dropped 5 pounds in the last ten days.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

6/18 post - craigslist edition

We went to the nephrology clinic today for Jake, and Jen went down to the transplant clinic for a checkup. Both Jake and Jen had been having some abdomen pain. Jake's pain comes in the mid-afternoon, so the prescription by the docs is that he should have a snack between lunch and dinner. Jen's isn't that simple, so she's going for a cat-scan tomorrow. No blood test results until tomorrow.

I drove back to Miami in a torrential downpour. Every time I drive back, it rains a little at Yeehaw Junction (and there's usually a rainbow). This time it was an Armageddon storm. My rental Hyundai compact was blowing and sliding, so I waited out the storm at a rest stop. On the other hand, I got a lot of hands-free work calls done during the drive. The Palm Pre is superior to my old iPhone 3G on so many levels, especially as a phone. Much, much better phone reception and call quality, and better battery life for phone use.

Jen and Jake are driving to Fernandina Beach tomorrow (about 90 minutes away) to stay at Jen's parent's house for the weekend. I'm going to fly up after work (Southwest Airlines) and come back Sunday night. I've got an old Miyata road bike at their house that hasn't been ridden in a year, so the tune up will keep me occupied.

One of the things that we've decided to do when we get back to Miami is get Jake a new big bed for his room, so he'll stop sleeping in our bed. That means that his old twin bed (with matching pull-out trundle bed) has got to go. He's slept in it very little, and it's pristine. Any takers before it goes onto Craigslist? Speaking of Craigslist - this is very well done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R32aFmxL9HY

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

6/17 update

Today's post comes from the bowels of the library at the University of Florida School of Law. I packed up my new netbook and a change of shirt into my manbag (a messenger bag, but let's face it, it's a manbag) and biked over for a day's worth of work. They gave me a visitor password for their wireless network (a courtesy they extend to all Florida Bar members, even people with spandex bike shorts peeking out from under their cargo shorts).

Jake was happy to see me last night, and really happy to receive the new "X-Saber" Yu Gi Oh Deck that I brought with me from Miami. Jen had mail-ordered it, but it was shipped to our house. That's why he was happy to see me go on Sunday, and happy to have me come back yesterday. He's got lots of energy, and feels well. We have a big clinic visit tomorrow. Once that's done, I'll drive back to Miami late Thursday evening. I've got a ton of work meetings on Friday. I'm single-handedly keeping Hertz solvent - although there's no extra charge for a one-way rental within Florida. It's usually only about $70 per weekday, and $40.00 per weekend day. I may not get back for a few days after that, but we'll see.

Jen was able to get a manicure and pedicure, but I can't seem to convince her to get back into the massage routine. Plenty of nice (and inexpensive) day spas in Gainesville.

I'm very happy with the new Acer Aspire One 1920 netbook. Very usable 10.1 inch screen, decent keyboard (given the small size) and very acceptable (almost snappy) performance. I loaded up Firefox and OpenOffice 3.1, so I have all the applications I need. I'd recommend the 160gb hard drive rather than the 16gb solid state drive, because OpenOffice does take up a lot of space. All told, an excellent deal for $329.00. It makes a nice Father's Day present for yuppie nerds.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

6/16 Update

This post comes courtesy of the "Attorney Resource Room" at the Orlando Bankruptcy Courthouse (which is one floor of an otherwise civilian office building). I'm pleased to find that they've finally replaced the keyboard on the open-access computer after 5 years. Previously, typing was like shifting the lumps in a bowl of tapioca pudding. After my 2:00p.m. hearing, I'm going up to Gainesville. I'll be back in Miami on Friday morning.

The blood test results from yesterday are generally good. Creatinine is down to .70, so his drinking has helped Potassium is a little high (5.4) and they need to raise the dose of some other medications. I don't understand why potassium would be high if kidney function is otherwise good, but I'm sure I'll learn all about it in the coming semesters of life-experience nephrology university (credits not transferable to other institutions).

The preemptive consumer plug today goes to the latest iteration of CompUSA. I had some time to kill, so I went into the Orlando location. Helpful staff, good selection, reasonable prices. I bought a new Acer Aspire netbook (for which a review will come real soon). The promised 6 hour battery life and 2.5 lb size make it a good tool for my upcoming daily bike commutes to the UF Law Library. Also a thumbs up for the Chevy HHR rental car. It looks like a pie delivery van, but it's roomy and comfortable. When this ordeal is done, I'm going to index the whole blog for easy location of medical issues and consumer rants.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Post-weekend update

Jake had a great eating weekend. He loved the Melting Pot. Since he normally doesn't eat, I figured we could get by with the "meal for 2", and add on an extra salad for him and a chocolate fondue. He devoured most of the shared cheese fondue, and ate most of the shared meat. I'm looking forward to taking him to the Melting Pot in Miami with his friends (all of whom are big eaters).

We also went to the Ivey House Restaurant in Alachua for lunch. It's on historic Main Street, in a big old house. He ate a bunch of fried shrimp (which were excellent). I highly recommend it.
He had a big, big tummy ache this morning. Maybe he ate too much this weekend.
After schlepping his bike all the way up to Gainesville, Jake said that he didn't have any interest in going bike riding. I had passed up the available sports car rental in favor of a crappy Hyundai SUV, so I was a little miffed.
I have a hearing in Orlando tomorrow. I will be working part-time from Gainesville (presumably out of the UF Law School library) Wednesday through Friday of this week.

Friday, June 12, 2009

6/11 Update - Ask the cranky critic

Larry's back in Gainesville for the weekend (and much of next week), and now Larry will stop referring to himself in the third person. It was hard to be gone for a whole week. Jake looks good and feels well. The blood tests yesterday show Creatinine climbing a bit (.87) and potassium up. Jake knew he hadn't been drinking a lot, and told Jen that he now knows its necessary because both sets of doctors mentioned it. If only one set of doctors says something, he's not fully convinced. We've moved pill time to 9:45 am and pm. It makes it easier for him to wake up (late) and fall asleep (late). I guess we'll try out "summer hours" and go back to normal bedtimes when school starts. That also gives me time to get in a 50 mile ride before they wake up.

We had hoped to go home within 2 weeks, but now we won't go home until the levels are truly stable. We'll resume the Monday blood tests to go along with the Thursday clinic visit (and blood tests). I'll be here for the upcoming Thursday test. The catheter won't be removed until we go home, but we apparently can get that scheduled at Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital on an outpatient basis without too much difficulty.

Jen's Mom and pre-nurse Lauren took care of the family while I was gone and did an incredible job.

And now the content you all have been waiting for - my consumer column. First off, I'm a very happy Palm Pre customer. I was walking back from court and passed by Radio Shack. They had the big Palm Pre display in the window, so I went in and found out that they actually had them in stock. The Sprint network has been good, and the Pre has lots of neat functionality. Most importantly, I'm able to type on it much better than I could with the iPhone. It has a real blackberry-style keyboard (a little small, but usable). My office hasn't decided whether they are going to support it, but it syncs well with Gmail, Google calendar and Google contacts so I can do what I need to do. Battery life is a little better than I had with my old iPhone. On the kid entertainment side, you can watch TV on it through the "Sprint TV Network". Very cool.

The usual thumbs down to . . . Best Buy. After buying the Palm Pre, I needed to buy a car charger. Since I'm on one of my crazy self-designed diets, I decided to drive to Aventura for D'Lites low carb ice cream. Since I have no life, this was pretty much the most exciting part of my week. I stopped in at Best Buy to try to pick up the charger, but Best Buy doesn't stock genuine Pre accessories - just their own crappy knock-off house brand for the same price as the real thing. If I wanted to buy a knock-off, I'd go to Walmart and pay the knock-off price.

One last observation that may be useful for you stock market investors. I went to the Borders bookstore in Aventura. That place is a toilet. Most of the magazines that I was looking for had the April issue out on display. I have to think that the chain is millimeters from bankruptcy. Sell short.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another exciting day in Gainesville

We arrived at Nephrology Clinic at 8:45 a.m. Met our fellow Joe DiMaggio Children's Hosp. Transplant Patient in the waiting room. He's about a year out from his transplant and doing great. We will get results from blood tests tomorrow. The doctors are saying that we might get to go home to Miami in the next couple of weeks. If results are good tomorrow than we won't have to go back until next Thursday for blood and to see the doctor. We were officially dismissed from Transplant today. We hugged our Transplant Doctor goodbye, but exchanged emails and hope to stay in touch. After the appointments we went to Target for a Yugioh Deck than lunch at Fridays. We hung out in the apartment for awhile. Lauren our nursing student came to watch Jacob for a couple of hours while we went out. I bought myself a belated Mother's Day present at Coach. Thank you Larry.

FYI - Larry has a new cell number

The new cell number is 305-763-0432. The old number wasn't transferable, for reasons that are suspicious and murky.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jacob and the Chocolate Factory

Well Mom and I returned from our big day of shopping and we needed to get Jacob out of the apartment. We decided a trip to The Melting Pot for dessert was just what he needed. He dipped strawberries to his hearts content. I'm not sure whether more ended up in his mouth or on his shirt. He asked all about the other food at The Melting Pot and I described in detail from the cheese fondue to the salad and the boullion boil. He said that it all sounded great to him. So we have a reservation for Saturday to return for a full dinner with Daddy.

On another note, my Mom suggested that he might want to ride bikes with Daddy this weekend, so we are going to ask him to bring the bike from Miami. Sounds like a winner.
Great news! Creatinine is down to 0.67. Potassium is 4.7 (He can have some more fruits and veggies). Prograf is 8.9. We were told to keep the drug same until we see the doctors on Thursday, when more labs will be taken with results on Friday. Hope to have the prednisone lowered again on Thursday or Friday.

Mom and I are off to the Gainesville Mall for a few hours of shopping. Lauren the smart and beautiful student nurse/nanny is on her way over. She is a dead ringer for my niece Dory. Big beautiful blue eyes, freckles across the cute little nose and the same coloring. It's like looking into the future of what our wonderful Dory will look like when she's 20. We have other beautiful nieces and nephews too. My brother Frank and his wife Jami's two girls - Dory and Mia. Larry's brother Noel and his wife Dita's two girls Kara and Jessica and their son Joshua. Than on Grandma Donna's side we have Eric's kids Zach and Brooke, Ronnie's kids Jonah and Leah. We also have a bevy of canine nephews and nieces from my brother Ed and his wife Rachael.

Jacob loved the dinner we made from the recipe in the kid's cookbook last night. He's eating better than ever. Hope to have even better news to report soon. Such as great success at the mall today:)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jennifer's Guest Blog

All is well here in Gainesville. My wonderful Mom is with us this week helping me take care of Jacob. We went for labs this morning but won't have results until Tuesday mid-day. Afterward we went to the bookstore and bought cookbooks for kids (my Mom's great idea). We are planning on using the recipes this week with my Mom. Jacob also picked out a Yu Gi Oh manga. He read the entire book while getting a much needed haircut after lunch. We will go back later this week for more books. We need to keep him reading for the summer and I count Yu Gi Oh comics as reading. Will let you all know labs tomorrow.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

6/6 Update

Grandma: "Let's go to the Florida science museum".

Jake: "I don't wanna go. I'll just wait in the front with my DS".

Grandma: "OK. Should we go and get the present we were planning?"

Dad: [Loudly and passive agressively toward the back of the car]"We don't reward bad behavior. If he's going to be like that, we can go just home."

Jake: "I should be open minded and try new things. I'll go."

It's a very cool museum, with dinosaur fossils and a live butterfly exhibit. We all had a good time.

He's eating very well. He gets a little grumpy a few hours after the medicines (Prednisone?), but he generally feels good. Jen feels good. I got in a 50 mile bike ride - I didn't intend to go that far, but Newberry is farther west than I had expected.

Friday, June 5, 2009

6/5 - Nerdgasm

I came back up to Gainesville this evening. Jake looks great. Creatinine is down to 0.83, and Potassium is 3.2. We went and bought what little inventory was left over from his previous Toys-R-Us trips (Thanks Alicia and Raquel! and Dr. Calderon). It's like looting, but you pay at the cash register on the way out.

Since we were in one place for a week, some gifts that had been sent to us during the hospital stay finally caught up to us. I guess the same inner instincts that are so good for avoiding creditors are counterproductive when people try to send gifts. Thanks to Carl Roston for the UF Championship hat, to Scott Goldstein for the awesome games and goody basket, and to the Kasowitz firm for the dainty girlie stuff for Jen. Dr. Calderon sent an amazing basket of goodies that we received earlier this week and today we received packs of Yu Gi Oh Cards and another gift card to Toys R Us from him. Thank you all for your generous gifts.

I had some time to kill last night (my stag lifestyle leaves much to be desired) so I went to Aventura mall. The Sony Style store is awesome. It's like the Apple Store, except with Sony stuff. They have all the ultrapremium Sony laptops on display that you don't normally see at retail. Since I lean towards Windows, it was hard to resist some of the tech porn. I did, but it was hard (to resist).

The Miami Supercon Comic book convention is this weekend. We're going to miss it, but it's a good reminder that the convention was the first public thing Jake and I went to when he got out of the hospital two years ago. Even if we were in town, we'd probably skip it anyway. Too many germs and too much Naruto.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

6/4 Update

Another day where I am out of town and have no real knowledge of anything, but spin the same scary things over and over again. Look at me, I'm Ann Coulter!

They went to nephrology clinic and transplant clinic this morning, but the blood tests won't be ready until tomorrow. Other than the 2 hour+ wait to see the transplant docs, everything was pleasant enough. I head back in the morning, and come back Sunday night. My rental car is a Prius, so I get to be a crunchy all weekend.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

6/3 Update

I'm still in Miami, so I don't have any direct knowledge. He's been feeling a little better. Tomorrow morning he has his blood tests, so we'll find out how things are really going. Jen is running errands, which is wearing her down physically. She should still be resting, but I've got to cover some work responsibilities and she's flying solo.

I'm starting a self-created diet to try to take off some of the vending machine weight. Every time I want to snack, I have an iced decaf with splenda. It worked a few years ago, so I'll try it again..

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

6/2 remote update

I came back to Miami to work for a few days, so I have no first hand knowledge of what happened today. I drove back in a rental car last night. I was very pleased with my Pontiac G6 rental car. I think they'll do well with that model.

Apparently there was a very expensive trip to Toys-R-Us, and a lot of Lego construction. We go back to the nephrology and transplant clinics on Thursday, so there won't be any blood tests until then. We hired one of the student nurses from the hospital as a part-time nanny, so Jen got a chance to get out of the apartment and get her nails and toes done. http://www.tbs.com/video/0,,58134%7C314580%7C,00.html?eref=sharethisUrl

Monday, June 1, 2009

Dear Brother Ed and Brother Frank, I apologize for Larry's joke. Although you have to admit it's pretty funny.
Love Sister Jen

6/1 afternoon update

Creatinine is down to 1.01 (dropped by almost half). Potassium down to 4.2. He should be discharged today.

A dozen UF football players came through the ward today. They seemed like very nice young men, although none of them were starters (except the punter). On a related note, a bunch of FSU players visited the local correctional facility . . .

6/1 update

We're in the hospital waiting to find out if he is going to be discharged. The labs are running a little late, so no blood test results yet. On what is hopefully his last day as an inpatient, we finally found things in the cafeteria that he likes.

One clarification on yesterday's post. Just because I take full credit for the diagnosis doesn't mean that it was my idea. C'mon people, I'm married. It was Jen's idea. Thinking of something and taking credit for it are two completely different things. Think Al Gore.

If things go well, I plan on renting a very small car and driving back to Miami this evening so I can take care of some work tomorrow.

I rode around rural Gainesville on the bike yesterday. It's really pretty, and bike lanes are abundant. I could live here if they had better electronics stores. Went to Office Max yesterday to buy the laptop in the ad, but they were suddenly out of stock when I declined the extended warranty. I actually heard the stockroom guy ask the sales clerk on the radio whether I was getting the warranty before he went to "look" in inventory.