Monday, December 31, 2012

December 31, 2012

Today (12/31/2012)is dex day; took 10 mg this morning; but probably will not sleep tonight. 2012 was a reasonably good year; no chemo, no pain, blood work was stable. Only real symptom is that I tire easily and commonly take naps during the day.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 23, 2012

Finished up my project on Wednesday and sent report out via UPS. On Monday, November 19, 2012, I went to get my blood work done for my upcoming O/H visit on November 30. Got to lab at 7:45 am and blood was drawn before 8:00. On the way home (on my i-phone) about 8:30 began to get results. By 3:00 pm, all results were in except M-spike, which has to be sent to another lab a few blocks away. M-spike historically is not received until 4-5 business days after the blood was drawn. Biggest time delays generally occur when there are just a number of people in front of me; that is why I just ask for an 8:00 blood draw. Get it over with ASAP. With the exception of M-spike all blood analyses are done in 6 hours and quickly e-mailed to me. I read on other blogs about people waiting for days to have their blood drawn and weeks for the results. This is a disgrace; the technology is available for rapid turn around time.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 8, 2012

Have been working on new project for the past month; staying busy. Nothing new on myeloma front. Feel good. Will see O/H on November 30, 2012.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012

Had visit with H/O today. BP was ok at 131/81. IGG had dropped from 1556 on 6/22/12 to 1512 mg/dl; which is in the normal range. Kappa Light chains dropped to 2.45 from 3.64; upper normal is 1.94. M-spike went up to 1.4 from 1.3; however, it has been 1.4 in the past. Will go back to H/O in early October and repeat labs. Now off chemo 2 years and 6 weeks. Will be flying to France this next Tuesday; therefore, will drop dex for the time being (don't want any blood clots in tight airplane seats).

Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 7, 2012

Nothing much new on this end. Igg, M-spike, and Kappa Light Chains are more or less the same. I have now been off Velcade for two years and Zometa for one year. Take 10 mg of dexamathasome twice a week. I now get my lab results via e-mail; CBC comes within 6 hours, Igg and Kappas come in 2 business days and M-spike in 3 business days. This is quite an improvement as I know lab results quite quickly. It is superhot in GA and FL these days; I tend to stay indoors during the day and if I do something outside, I try finish up before 10:00 am.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Corvette/Deer/3 Year Anniversary--April 17, 2012

Last Saturday was a beautiful day in north Florida so my wife and I decided to take a drive in the Corvette. Unfortunately, a small deer decided that he wanted to share the road with us. He and the front end of the car are no longer with us.

March 30, 2012 is my 3rd anniversary with MM. On the April 11, 2012; I had my 6-week checkup with H/O. Igg was 1568, down from 1631 of 2/14. M-spike was 1.4, up from 1.3 of 2/14; but it has been 1.4 in the past. Kappa Light Chains were 3.5, up from 3.35 of 2/14. WBC, RBC, and Creatinine were all normal.

I have now been off chemo since early July of 2010 (almost 1 3/4 years). Will continue to stay off chemo at least until next appointment in late May.

I feel good and am staying busy.

Friday, March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012---3 years with MM

March 30, 2012 will mark 3 years after my official diagnosis. Generally feel good and I have now been off chemo for 1 3/4 years. Will go for my periodic checkup in early April. At that time, I can be more specific about my condition. Regards:

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012

Visited the O/H yesterday. IGG had dropped to 1472, which is in the normal range; Kappa Light Chains rose slightly to 3.02 (1.94 is upper normal); but they have been higher in the past; M-spike dropped from 1.3 to 1.2. Overall I feel ok and there is no pain. WBC and RBC were low and I need to watch this. I did get a flu shot this past October; hopefully flu will not be an issue this year.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year to everyone.