Saturday, May 29, 2010

May 29, 2010

Well we are back from our Mediterranean cruise.

On May 11, 2010, I had my the pressure in my eyes checked. In few months ago, I had cataract surgery in both eyes; after the surgery, the pressures in my eyes had increased and there was concern that the dex that I was taking as part of my chemo was the cause. The May 11 results were good and pressures were normal. Will have a follow-up checkup in six months but it appears that my chemo regime is not leading to glaucoma.

On Wednesday, May 12, the day before leaving on the cruise, I became sick as a dog with vomiting and diarrhea. We made it Venice ok but while there, I became ill again. Overall, it took about a week to recover. I, however, attribute my illness to something I ate rather to any reaction from mm or my chemo. While on the cruise, I continued to take my weekly 10 mg of dexamethasome.

On June 1, I restart my treatments with Velcade after a 4-week lapse. Will also get my monthly B-12 shot and Zometa infusion. I also will visit my O/H that same day. M-spike, Igg, and Kappa Light chains also will be analyzed; these results generally are not available 3-4 business days later.

I continue to feel reasonably good. While I have been off Velcade, my peripheral neuropathy has decreased (good); thus I am more agile than I was a few weeks ago.

We had a good time in Europe; but it is good to be home in your own house. Still have a lot laundry to do; but my wife and I will get through it.

Friday, May 7, 2010

May 7, 2010

Today was supposed to be dex day; however, I didn't sleep well last night so I will take an ambien tonight and the dex tomorrow. I now have a 3-week break until June 1 with no chemo. At that time, I will get back on my once a week chemo schedule. I now have an appointment with the stem cell transplant guy on June 8 for the initial consultation.

Last week we went up to the mountain house to do some wall-paper stripping and painting. Nevertheless, we were able to finish the project.

I will not be blogging until about June 1; when we get back from Europe, I will restart my blog.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4, 2010

Since my last post on 4/15, I have had 3 additional Velcade infusions (39 total) and 1 additional Zometa infusion (13 total). CBCs and kidney function were all ok; my initial stem cell transplant consultation is scheduled for June 8, after my wife and I get back from vacation.

Will write more to this blog later in the week; but I need to do some household chores right now.