Monday, March 29, 2010

Good Progress report.

I am now 1/2 done with my treatment. The Dr. did the special flow cytometry blood test again last Friday to see if there was any cancer still in my blood. The results today show NO cancer (0.00%) in my blood. It was quite reassuring to receive this news today. The next step now for progress is to see if there are any cancerous cells in my bone marrow. There is a chance of this since the bone marrow makes the white cells which previously had cancer in my blood. The bone marrow test will be performed this Wednesday. The results will take a few days to receive. I am now feeling back to normal for the most part. I am concentrating this week on getting my weight back up. I have dropped to 148 lbs and look pretty thin. Scheduled to start Chemo again next Monday.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

fever, back home now.

Last Friday I spiked a fever and immediately went to the hospital. They got me started quickly on IV antibiotics. I was in the ICU for 2 days, then the regular floor 'till yesterday. It was a blood infection again so it was a very difficult 5 days. Back home now and recovering.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Still tired.

Spent most of the day at the clinic getting two blood transfusions today. This did boost my energy a bit and my appetite is starting to come back. But still, I just feel tired. My white bloods counts have been at their low point the past few days so I am being very careful again to avoid getting sick. I sure will glad when this is all finally over!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Tough couple of days.

Since coming home from the hospital, I still didn't get much sleep due to several side affects. But things are getting under control and I am not sick. I was able to sleep most of this afternoon after getting back from the clinic. I had a spinal tap and two other shots today.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Going home tomorrow morning.

This has been a long week. The lack of sleep and busy schedule receiving Chemo and lots of meds has been tough the past 2 days. However, I am getting through it fine with my vital signs normal all week and my blood counts are all ok. I have one more Chemo tonight at 2:00 am (Friday am) then I go home in the morning. It will be nice to go home and get some rest.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Busy past 2 days.

I am starting my 3 rd day of Chemo today. The past 2 days went smooth but were quite busy. I feel fine and am scheduled to go home Friday.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Round 4 started today.

Today I started round 4 of my Chemo treatment. At 8:30 am the Dr gave me Chemo via spinal tap. Then, I was admitted to the hospital for 4-5 days. We added a Chemo to the treatment and they gave it to me via 3 shots in my muscles. Now, I am on the first dose of chemo which runs 24 hours. I actually feel relieved now that we finally got this round started after waiting one week.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Next Chemo update

Today the Dr. said the bacteria I had was from my central port (for those of you that don't know, this is a tube that they implanted under the skin in my chest back in Dec with a catheter to a main vein. This is what they draw blood from, give chemo, transfusions, etc. without having to stick me with a needle every time). So, the plan is they will continue antibiotics for the next 4 days, do another blood culture tomorrow, then start Chemo on Monday (assuming the blood culture shows negative as we expect since I have no fever or other symptoms.) We just need to make completely sure there is not bacteria before starting the next round of Chemo.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Delayed treatment

The blood cultures from Saturday indicate that there might be some bacteria in my blood. So, just to be safe they drew blood again today to retest and verify with a new blood culture. They also started me on an Antibiodic drip for today and that is the plan for the next two days (I just go into the clinic for two hours.) I feel fine and still have no fever, they just need to rule out the chance of any bacteria in my blood before starting Chemo. The delay is a bit frusterating but it is better to be cautious. Hopefully we start on Wed or Thurs of this week.