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January 12, 2006
First Mate Update

The First Mate went back to the hospital as expected today to continue her outpatient care for the viral infection in her kidney. During our vacation, we noticed a marked increase in her blood pressure and she had some trouble keeping up with the pace of the work, but she's a gamer and hung in there every day.

Unfortunately, that rise in BP does have to do with the function of the kidney, but hopefully it will only be temporary. Her doctors warned us that the aggressive treatment would make the function decrease before it would improve. If so, then we have now begun to see this. More disturbing to us was their recommendation that she go back on the transplant list, just in case the treatment doesn't work. That sounded rather ominous, and along with the elevated BP, we aren't too sanguine about the prospects. She may wind up getting admitted if the BP can't get under control soon.

I have to give my thanks to Patrick Ruffini at the RNC, Tim Petty at the SRC, and all of their colleagues for their kind assistance in making sure that she not only was made comfortable but also made to feel utterly welcome for her stay. I'd also like to thank the other bloggers for the same thing -- everyone without exception showed us nothing but kindness.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 12, 2006 8:23 PM

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