Wednesday, March 25, 2009
And the Plan Is......
We will be proceeding with the "super beam" high dose chemo next week followed by a stem cell transplant. Beam is just an acronym for 4 of the 9 drugs I'll be getting. We met with Barlogie yesterday and unfortunately, the bone marrow continues to be "packed" with myeloma cells. Although the IGGs have come down to around 3200 that apparently is not significant in light of the bone marrow being so full of myeloma. I've been given another week off to continue to recover and to regain some strength. I start physical therapy tomorrow and otherwise have daily labs until the chemo starts next Wednesday or Thursday. The chemo will be administered over 5 days, after which I'll be given my stem cells back and then we wait for the stem cells to produce new cells to replace the ones destroyed by the chemo. Everything will be done on an outpatient basis, although I'll spend about 5 hours a day at the hospital getting the chemo and being observed for any reactions. Catherine and Julia will be here next weekend which will be a big lift for me as well as Susan. I do wish it felt like we had made some progress over the past 2 months. The most I can say is we've held it at bay, but now it's time to start slicing it up. Not much going on for the next week, so I likely won't be posting much until the chemo begins. Here's hoping you have great spring weather for the next week ---yes, even you North Dakotans who are apparently homebound due to a blizzard. Why did I ever leave that state? Oh, yeh, the weather did play a role in that decision.