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Bill Davidge
Dad entry #12

Wednesday May 13 –

I think it is time to give a little bit of an update now that I am home here in Grove City.

I have been home now for just a little bit more than a week....it does feel great to be in the confines of your own home and not in the hospital bed at the James Cancer Institute in Columbus.

I have had the first tee time at 7:30 every morning at the James where I receive an antibiotic to take care of a bacterial infection that I have in my stomach. Honestly it is been very grueling to be able to just get myself up...but once I'm in the hospital everything is a positive. I can honest

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Dad entry #11
May 4 - Lovely day......lovely day .......lovely day .......that was the line that Bill Weathers says in his famous tune. It turned out it was not as lovely as what I had hoped. Early this morning in preparation for a possible early check out from the James hospital in Columbus, I was told by one of the nurses to drop that "muffin". After my blood work was performed at 6 AM, there was a concern about a possible infection in my stomach. Sure enough that was the case. This infection could not be treated with oral medication, but certainly needed an antibiotic that could cure all. What I
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Dad entry #10
Yesterday May 2 was the first time in the entire two weeks that I felt like a human. It all started in the morning. All of my blood and urine work appeared to show that I did have two bacteria infections within the confines of my body. Dr Hofmeister decided to remove the catheter/port in my chest. No problem we took the catheter out and then we tried to find some good veins in my arms? Not so good. They brought in the vein gang. Two RNs that were equipped to handle anybody and I mean anybody's veins that did not perform accordingly. I figured I was in for ultrasound...you name it just to
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RD

Bill entry #9
April 30 - the body just hit the bottom of the valley. It was a good a good morning but then by 10 1030 things went south quickly. Stomach began some cramping slight fever not exceptional just 99.3. I knew it was bad because I jumped into bed and tried to sleep it off with no such luck. For the first time I did get sick to my stomach. It did knock whatever I had left out of me. Of course that means more meds. It took several nausea drugs to settle things down. For the rest of the day I was in and out. Cramping continued but I managed to force liquids down my throat. It makes it tough whe
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RD

Bill entry #8
April 29 - After talking with Dr. Benson last night he said that I am in the valley. I felt the valley today as it was my worst day since I've been in here. Constant diarrhea. My. "Boiler" of a stomach was rumbling all day. Really no control of the lower part of the body. I felt great all morning. Rob came in we even took a walk down on the first floor. But by late morning early afternoon that was all history. I told Jayna to hold off in coming up to see me until a little later. She came mid afternoon and by the time she left( of course she is such a great nurse ) I felt 80% better. She i
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RD

April 29
I cannot properly articulate to you how strong my Dad has been during this time. Every time I show up, he manages to smile and ask about what I have going on in my life, rather than complain about how he lacks an appetite, can hardly taste food, or has next to zero energy. He does not dwell on his extended hospital stay and remain confined to his bed…he gets up to shower, shave and even ties his shoes. Dad always initiates the walks around the 15th floor...today we ventured down to the ground level for the first time. During the walk, we chat about the usual…golf, hockey, and life. The
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RD

Bill entry #7
Monday April 27th marks one week in the James Cancer Institute here in Columbus. I had another great night sleep and spent the entire day and not only a good mood but feeling pretty solid. The numbers that Dr. Benson and the staff are looking for are following suit accordingly. I felt well enough today to make some phone calls to a lot of very special people. I got an opportunity to read all of the well wishes for my friends from my family from Bluejacket nation known as the 5th Line. Thank you ever so much for your prayers and your thoughts. I am still curious to see how the body begi
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RD

Bill entry #6
April 26 - It looked like a gorgeous day outside today. The one thing that I do have is a great view to the "Shoe", Morrill and Lincoln Towers and the entire OSU campus..... I would sooner be golfing. That is not the case. My chore is to get well. I have been hooked up to an IV all day today. I had enough strength for one walk around the hallway. Today was a day they tried to keep me in a little bit more isolation. Jayna was there all day making sure that things went well. Rob and Morgan stop by to say hello and spent most of the morning. I tried to focus on a couple of hockey games as wel
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RD

Bill entry #5
Saturday, April 25 was certainly a new day. It was a day off of the majority of the drugs that I've been taking. The purpose was to allow the chemo therapy to be able to circulate accordingly within the confines of the body. They constantly watch my urine and my stools. Apparently today and tomorrow are days that I should be feeling okay, but I can honestly say that I am tired. I have no pain but I have no strength. I take a concentrated mouthwash four times a day to make sure that I get no mouth sores related from the chemo. I have no appetite. I can hardly taste the food. But I've been to
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RD

Bill entry #4
Friday, April 24 - was a very relaxing day after a few days of having the body worked over with medications, high blood pressure, hiccups etc. etc. Last night after taking a Steroid - dexamethasone which keeps you awake, I was allowed to take a Benadryl and had a good nights sleep. This was exactly what I needed and I could I feel it today. It was great to have a good night sleep. I got up early this morning and Jayna joined me for a look a couple of hospital walks .....In fact a total of five walks today. Rob dropped by and brought me chocolate marshmallow milkshake from United Dairy Farmer
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RD

Bill entry #3
April 23 kind of an interesting day. They found that my blood pressure very hard to control. It went very high...in fact the last reading was 171/99. I have been on a diuretic that forces me to urinate. They also prescribed another drug to be able to help lower the blood pressure which it did. Another point of observation is the swelling in my ankles and in my entire body. My bodyweight is gone from 208 when I came in to 222 pounds after only four days. That is for preparation of next week when they try to get my white blood cell count and everything back down to as low as possible and at t
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