Sunday, October 14, 2007

IGGs Dropping

Yes, the new chemo regime seems to be working. After one cycle, the IGGs dropped from a high of 5700 down to 2900! I haven't discussed the numbers with Rifkin, just received the lab report on Thursday. But when I see him in 2 weeks, I'm sure he'll be ecstatic. So, I guess we'll be sticking with this cocktail for awhile. The results from the clinical trials were quite encouraging and I'm glad to see I've landed in the responsive category. It makes the rough days a bit easier to handle knowing it's working.

I also saw my orthopedic surgeon on Thursday to review the MRI results. (yes, there continue to be too many days where it feels like all I do is go to the doctor. A reminder that before all this nonsense started I took my good health for granted) Anyway, I would call it good news/bad news. There is nothing so acute on the MRI that would call for any surgical intervention. So, there's nothing that can be done, other than some physical therapy to give me some temporary relief., which I'll start that this coming week. On balance, I guess I'm relieved that there isn't another back surgery on the horizon.

Otherwise, life goes on and for that we are thankful.


Arlene said...


Great news! Those numbers will keep going down. Love you all. - Arlene

Susan, Catherine and Julia - Congratulations on the Rockies going to the World Series! Dan, TO BAD YOU"RE A WHITE SOX FAN!! - JIMMY :)

Ingrid said...

WOW, I can't believe it, I got on the blog again. Don't even ask me how I did it, but I am here again.

Dear Dan,
it is great to read that you respond so well to this new cocktail, although it seems to be a tough one to take.

Is Susan back from Paris to share this wonderful news?

And I do read also Julia's blog, being scared while reading her extrem life situations. Can't wait for her to be back to relax my thoughts of her.

Biiiiiiiiig hug, Ingrid

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Anonymous said...


I am very happy to hear that this new round of chemo is going well. Hope your family is doing good. God bless:)

Daniel Taylor

Anonymous said...

You promised to visit the Hamptons this coming summer. I am holding you to it. Susan and I will hunt down the Barefoot Contessa folks but other than that, you can set the agenda.

shawnandjaike said...

Great news about the numbers Dan!! Wow, Red Sox and Rockies, it doesn't get any better than that for us. Denver must be going crazy.

We think of you often.