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Dr. Luke

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20 01, 2016

It shouldn’t be so hard to get excellent care

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Reliable healthcare. One would think all of the money spent on our behalf would guarantee a consistent standard of care. Au contraire! It's disheartening for me to admit it, but without a dedicated caregiver advocate--or patients like us that work tirelessly to stay up-to-date--it's likely that the care received by someone who isn't paying attention

5 05, 2015

Mystery infection hanging on

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My four day long, unrelenting fever is ongoing.  I described it as a "neutropenic" fever yesterday, because it felt so much like a half dozen others I've had in the past.  Turns out I was wrong. These were asymptomatic fevers, triggered by low neutrophil (mature white blood cell) counts following my first autologous (using my

14 03, 2015

Lessons learned: My 2nd opinion in Iowa (Part Five)

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Let's wrap up this series of posts (for now).  Do I allow Dr. Tricot to hit my myeloma hard before, during and after a second stem cell transplant, or continue to follow an incremental approach that uses the least toxic treatment combinations possible?  I'm not crazy about either choice.  I believe there is a third

12 03, 2015

Time out! Is being too busy a blessing?

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Plain and simple, I'm exhausted!  We have company staying here at the house, I've come down with Pattie's cough and beach party event planning is on overdrive.  I don't have the time or energy to contemplate my disintegrating future now. I did get a chance to visit with my medical oncologist, Dr. Mathew Luke, for