August 5, 2004 @ 9:36 pm by sean
I saw Christie McLaughlin at Target today after work.(I was looking for a CD for my sister’s birthday present.) It wouldn’t really be anything worth noting to see someone whom I went to school with while in the town I grew up in. But I was thinking about her the other day. I don’t know how she got on my mind. But I was kind of wondering what she’s turned out like so far. In fifth grade we had to do the full multiplication tables to pass, and she was the only one who passed before I did. She qualified in nearly every way to be a nerd. But she didn’t turn out to be one. By high school she was quite popular and though terribly skinny, pretty too. That’s why I wondered how she’s turned out so far. If being popular effected her at all. I was wondering how much high school effects people once they have graduated. How much much choices made in high school really matter. I’m not so curious anymore.
So this guy, Abu Eisa al-Hindi, wrote a terrorist manual. That’s quite convenient.
Guess whose dad is browsing through Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler Pacifica booklets. That’s right. Mine. And guess who put those thoughts in his head. That’s right. Me. If I get him to get a non-F-150, I’d consider me more awesome than chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In the middle of my sentence my mom told me my uncle was diagnosed with that. Hm. That isn’t good. It’s a slow progressing leukemia, and there isn’t any treatment right now. But from my research, and in my own words, here is the problem. Stem cells produce a certain type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. When one has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the stem cells produce too many lymphocytic white blood cells. That’s the definition of leukemia; an abnormal increase in the number of white blood cells. They accumulate in the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic tissue, and the production is so high, and the accumulation so much, that there isn’t enough room for red blood cells, healthy white blood cells, and platelets. A deficiency of those is problem enough(Lack of red blood cells means not enough oxygen to all tissues of the body; lack of white blood cells means decreased immune power; lack of platelets means poor blood clotting). But on top of that, chronic lymphocytic leukemia lymphoctyes, are morphologically mature, but immunilogically less mature. Since the main purpose of lymphocytes is immunity, this isn’t good. Morphologically mature means they have the right form, look how they are supposed to, but they can’t do their job. Perhaps similar to an vvt-i engine with a broken chip. It has all the right parts, but since the timing chip doesn’t work the engine can’t variate the valve timing which results in less mature performance. All this to say, CLL means that my uncle has too many poorly functioning lymphocytes which prevents enough red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets from living in his body. Chronic: long lasting. Lymphocytic: of lymphocytic nature. Leukemia: abnormal increase in white blood cells. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Get it? That’s all in my own words, so if you don’t get it, but want to learn about the second most diagnosed form of leukemia, look it up.