Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29, 2010

Went to see the H/O today; lab results were better than last month; so we will hold chemo off for another month. The plan continues to be that if lab results worsen, then I will schedule a stem cell transplant.

Will continue on Zometa through March of 2011 (24 total infusions); after that infusions will probably drop to 1 every 2-3 months.

Here are the labs: WBC 4.70 up from 4.2 from October 19; Hemoglobin 15.2 up from 14.9; platelets 264 down from 273; and RBC 4.75 up from 467. All are in the normal range.

IGG was 1459 down from 1506 on September 17(still in normal range); IGA and IGM were both up slightly (still below normal but improving since September 17); M-spike was 1.1 down from 1.2; Kappa LC was 2.27 down from 2.68; Lamba LC was 0.17 up from 0.10 (good) and the Kappa/Lamba ratio was down from 26.80.

Had my flu shot on the 16th and my teeth cleaned on 12th; trying to stay healthy.

Today is dex day so I probably won't sleep tonight. I have learned to deal with this so its not that big a problem.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 19, 2010

Had my monthly Zometa infusion today; the infusion center was slow; spent 2 1/2 hrs there from start to finish. Creatine was .9, WBC was 4.2, HG was 14.9, platelets were 273, abd RBCs were 4.67. All good.

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 8, 2010

Today is dex day; 10 mg in the morning. Dex makes me feel good during the day; but I probably won't sleep tonight. However, tomorrow I will take an Ambien and sleep quite well. This is my pattern now, stay up all night on dex and then get a good night's sleep the next. The dosage that I take is low and so far manageable.

I got my second check from AFLAC on Monday. It covered a years worth of chemo and 12radiation treatments. The AFLAC payments now exceed all my premium payments going back to 1986 and all of my non-insurance covered medical payments. In other words, I have made a profit off my myeloma.

We have made a reservation for a two night stay in St. Augustine next week; the weather in Florida is nice now (low 80s in the day) and walks on the beach will be quite enjoyable.