I have been posting fewer medical updates as my recovery moves along following an auto stem cell transplant July 1st. But there were a few things to note this past week.
I saw my medical oncologist, Dr. Vikas Malholtra, at the Florida Cancer Institute in Spring Hill Wednesday. It was my first visit since my transplant.
It was great to see Dr. Malholtra again. He is a genuinely caring and compassionate man, and was visibly pleased I was doing so well.
My numbers were fine. My white count and lymphocytes had dropped a bit to 3.8 and 1.3, respectively. But my red blood count and hemoglobin were both up to 3.93 and 12.6. My neutrophil count was holding over 2.0., but my number of platelets were actually down from last month’s 148. They were now at 137.
I asked Dr. Malholtra about this. He reassured me that there was nothing to worry about–that my bone marrow was still recovering from the shock caused by the high dose chemo pre-transplant.
As Dr. Malhotra listened to my breathing, I felt a bit congested. He thought I sounded fine. My blood pressure and temp were normal–and I had gained a few pounds.
Just the type of follow-up check you like to experience–everything was/is OK.
Next week I return to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for blood work and a bone survey, leading-up to my October 6th appointment with my myeloma specialist, Dr. Alsina.
Since Wednesday, the congestion in my lungs has come and gone. Earlier in the week I was coughing some, and I felt like I was coming down with a cold, most likely caused by last week’s travel.
But the great news is; I can feel my body fighting the infection–and winning! My immune system continues to show signs of life. How great is that!
I wrote a column for the Myeloma Beacon this week about wearing a mask while traveling with a weakened immune system:
I plan to do a follow-up column next week as well. For now, no news is good news! Have a great weekend, everyone.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat