Daily Archives: 10/03/2006

Reverdy Lewin Orrell Jr – Condition Update

DadRebbie1979.jpgNOTE: I’ve placed a link in the upper right section of the blog labeled ‘ Reb Orrell Jr – Condition Update’. You can click on the link at any time and be taken to the latest updates on Reb’s personal blog.)

I am pleased to report that my father’s condition has slightly improved, since being admitted into Hopkins on Friday. He is now resting more comfortably than before.

His skin is not yellow any more and he looks better than he has the past 3 weeks. The doctors report that his ‘numbers’ are up slightly. His red and white blood cell counts are much higher than below. Unfortunately, his ‘T-Cells’ count is still at a critical level. It is the T-cells that fight off infection. Therefore, his immune system is still almost non-existant.

When I arrived yesterday he was sitting in a chair, and had been for a few hours. He looked great and was alert. The nurses even got him up earlier to do a ‘lap’ around the hallway. Certainly, being on oxygen and getting 24 hour care has really helped. He is closely monitored and given plattlets and whole blood as needed, which has been every day.

It might be a long time before he is released. As the doctors and nurses had said, he’s not leaving until his immune system has risen.

This was a good day in the Orrell household; hopefully, one of many to follow.

I would like to thank everyone for their emails. Please continue to check this blog, as I will post updates every few days.

Reverdy Lewin Orrell, Jr. (Condition Update)

Reverdy Lewin Orrell, Jr. (condition update)

DadRebbie1979.jpgNOTE: I’ve placed a link in the upper right section of the blog labeled ‘ Reb Orrell Jr – Condition Update’. You can click on the link at any time and be taken to the latest updates on Reb’s personal blog.)

(Photo at left: Reb Jr & Reb IV, abt 1978).

I am pleased to report that my father’s condition has slightly improved, since being admitted into Hopkins on Friday. He is now resting more comfortably than before.

His skin is not yellow any more and he looks better than he has the past 3 weeks. The doctors report that his ‘numbers’ are up slightly. His red and white blood cell counts are much higher than below. Unfortunately, his ‘T-Cells’ count is still at a critical level. It is the T-cells that fight off infection. Therefore, his immune system is still almost non-existant.

When I arrived yesterday he was sitting in a chair, and had been for a few hours. He looked great and was alert. The nurses even got him up earlier to do a ‘lap’ around the hallway. Certainly, being on oxygen and getting 24 hour care has really helped. He is closely monitored and given plattlets and whole blood as needed, which has been every day.

It might be a long time before he is released. As the doctors and nurses had said, he’s not leaving until his immune system has risen.

This was a good day in the Orrell household; hopefully, one of many to follow.

I would like to thank everyone for their emails. Please continue to check this blog, as I will post updates every few days.