July 20th

Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well. I’m still just hanging out at home recovering. I have to go in to the hospital three times a week to get platelets (and rarely red blood cells). It’s a pretty full time job in itself! We don’t have any ideas on what the plans are for me or a time frame on going back in the hospital. My white blood cell count has shot up over the past week or so. This could mean two things. The first is that the leukemia is expressing itself again (which we consider a matter of “when not if” since the high-dose chemo I did recently didn’t eliminate the disease). The second possibility is that the Targretin (that experimental drug) is causing the WBC to go up (they don’t really know what it will do, and this is a possibility). So anyway, nothing to do but wait for a plan from the people in white coats.

It’s been a while since I updated so I have a bunch of pictures… Hope you enjoy!


One of Mom’s roses with rain on it


Dad got a new macro lens for his camera and now I need one too…


This is a 100% cropping of the above picture to show the individual pollen grains…


The anthers of a Lilly…


This is a 100% crop of the anthers of the same Lilly, to show the sharpness of the new lens…


At 200% you can see the grains of pollen pretty well…


Same flower, different angle…


Some mechanical pencils, again nice and sharp…


Heres something totally different, a very wide angle shot from the 15th floor of the hospital clinic of a construction project…


Dad and I went to a train museum, here’s an old one with a nice cow catcher…


Another old locomotive…


And to end with something different, here’s a picture of me popping a balloon with a knife…

3 Responses to “July 20th”

  1. Jodie, Mom and Al` Says:

    Wow! Those are some pretty insane pictures! Amazing the detail you can get! Love, Jodie

  2. Pat and Jim Sanders Says:

    Shawn -

    Thanks for sharing the jaw-dropping photos! Great stuff! I had a wonderful time blueberry picking at Hickory Run with your Mum today - hope that you get some good blueberry pie soon! We had to battle killer mosquitos and sharp-thorned vines to get them, as well as listening to some pretty awful music for awhile from the camp. Hope those white blood counts start to ease up and that they can figure out about the Targretin and a plan forward. Keep up the amazing camera work!
    with love,

    Pat and Jim

  3. Leigh Says:

    HOLY COW!! Those pics are phenomenal!! I can’t believe how focused they get! I love the little camera competition you and your dad have going on. One of you gets the newest, latest thing and it’s not long before you both have the BEST!!! hehe Unbelievable! I’m so happy that you have found a hobby that is safe and so enjoyable for you. What a great thing to get into. Pictures can be so beautiful. Also, that balloon popping thing was incredible. Goes to show how fast the snap time is!! Thanks for the update and the entertainment! Love you!!