Dennis in hospital

This is Tish posting for Dennis today – he developed a cough and low grade fevers after retruning from Las Vegas. By Tuesday he was perking up and even took a short trip to the library to pick up some books on reserve. Wednesday was a different story, however.  He felt increasingly worse throughout the day.  I had a yoga class in the evening but took his temp before I left.  99.3 – safe to head out for a couple of hours.  I returned to the house in darkness and found him shivering on the recliner.  In just the two hours since I left his temp had climbed to 103.6 – I made the executive decision to pile him in the car and head to the ER at St. Francis.  He is now inpatient in the familiar BMT unit. The fast flu test came back negative, chest X-ray was fairly clear, so once again the dreaded “viral infection” has knocked him down.  Yesterday when I got back to the hospital (after leaving the ER at 2:00 am) Dennis was not making much sense and was pretty out of it – fevers continuing.  Dr. Dugan reported that what he made sense of was that Dennis was concerned about the trip to Ireland.  Dr. Dugan did not seem overly optimistic about the possibility of going ahead with the trip. At least I had convinced Dennis in August to purchase trip insurance – I was thinking ahead about October and the news about the coming flu epidemic. Dennis called this morning – sounding a bit better and making sense. His fevers are down – they have broken a couple of times accompanied by intense sweating necessitating a change of bedclothes. He asked me to update the blog and let folks know where he has dissappeared to. Hopefully, the next post will be his and include an update on our plans.

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About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.

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