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May 27, 2006
First Mate Update And Prayers For The Anchoress

Before I give my update on the First Mate, I want to send my condolences and prayers to The Anchoress, whose family has suffered another loss. Her beloved brother-in-law and lifelong friend died, leaving her bereaved sister alone. This follows on the heels of the loss of her brother, a double blow to both sisters. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers tonight.

Our news is somewhat better. The FM still cannot keep any food down, but seemed a little better today. We have my sister, the Admiral Emeritus, and his wife in town for the double-birthday celebration of our son and our granddaughter tomorrow. We all went to the hospital to visit the FM today, and we spent an hour outside in the courtyard enjoying the beautiful day, which perked the FM up a little more.

I found out more about the CMV infection. This has the potential for being life-threatening, so it's good we caught it when we did. The doctors doubt that they can beat it while the FM continues on her immune suppression medication, so they're taking her off of it. Normally that would risk a rejection of her pancreas transplant, but the doctors feel that her immune system is so suppressed that the medication isn't going to make a difference anyway. We'll keep a close eye on her bloodwork to make sure that we avoid a rejection, if possible.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. They give the FM comfort, and she says to give you all her thanks.

Finally, let me send my best wishes to my friend King Banaian. King could not make the radio show this afternoon due to a medical emergency. He's at home now, resting comfortably and only slightly the worse for wear. We missed him today, but we'll be seeing him later this week.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 27, 2006 10:18 PM

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