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Monthly Archives: July 2015

26 07, 2015

I’m going “home!”

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So many ups and downs. So many. Despite the bumpy ride, I've checked out of the hospital with everyone's blessing except for one of my nurses, named Hanson; she's very protective. Of course I'm not really going home. Instead, its back to the world famous Heartland Inn. A mid-priced equivalent to a Quality Inn, the three story motel is nothing

23 07, 2015

Houston: We have liftoff!

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After 11 short, challenging days, I've now officially engrafted. 12 Days! It took me 17 days to engraft after my first transplant, four years ago. For once I've caught a break. Don't get me wrong. I'm still fighting diarrhea off using Imodium. This chemotherapy induced dry mouth makes it difficult to speak and eat, my

19 07, 2015

Infection changes everything

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Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE). Scary sounding. I've been battling one or more bacterial infections since I got here. Turns out one of them is a VRE. Come to think about it, I've probably had it for months; think back to my mysterious urinary tract infection (UTI) that was never officially diagnosed back home. Levaquin knocked it

10 07, 2015

Another positive step toward myeloma awareness

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I was pleasantly surprised to find this high profile article on line yesterday Triple Drug Tx Effective for Smoldering Multiple Myeloma A new standard of care? MEDPAGETODAY - Sanjay Gupta, M.D., Editor Contributing Writer: Pam Harrison July 8th, 2015 Further evidence has emerged that supports the safety and efficacy of a proteasome inhibitor-immunomodulatory drug combination