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Medical Update: Looks like I dodged another bullet!

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Medical Update: Looks like I dodged another bullet!

As I sat down to write this morning, I realized that I haven’t done a follow-up post about my recent medical up-and-downs.  Once again, my interest in all things myeloma has gotten in the way.  Hope I haven’t worried anyone!  Here’s what’s been going on.

The antibiotics (Levaquin) that worked like magic at first must have lost some of their mojo.  I backslid almost immediately.  My fever returned–although not as high–and my cough reappeared.

I had the opportunity to see my medical oncologist, Dr. Malhotra, after I arrived for my weekly Velcade sub-q injection Wednesday.  Running a 100 degree temp with a white blood count of 1.5, lymphocites 0.5 and an ANC count of 1.0, he decided it was best to skip this week’s Velcade.  I was also to stop taking Rev/dex until my fever was gone.

He did order neupogen shots for Wednesday and Friday, along with a chest x-ray.  The x-ray was negative, so I got “stuck” and went on my way.

I didn’t feel well until Saturday.  Feeling almost back to normal today.

I have been able to confirm one thing.  I feel better with a cold and low grade fever than I do for three or four days a week when I’m receiving full-blown RVD therapy.

Who knew?  I’ve been on it for so long, it just becomes part of the routine.  No one ever said living our “new normal” would be easy!  Guess it’s time to start taking Revlimid again this PM.  Dex and Velcade again Wednesday.  Are we all having fun yet?

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat