Thursday, July 30, 2009
After 2 weeks of steroids the white and red cells seem to be holding. The stability may be illusory, but it keeps me from getting a shot or a transfusion, and may allow more therapy, such as thalidomide. Will know more on Monday. Received an email from Arkansas today saying Barlogie just received a letter from Rifkin and Dr. B doesn't agree with Dr. R. My short response to the nurse was to the effect of, "Have Dr. B call Dr. R and talk about this." Duh! Am I supposed to get in middle of this? Based on my knowledge of biology, hematology, oncology, pharmacology, and medicine, I shouldn't be in the same room with these docs. It seems I've gotten myself smack dab in the middle of the debate between blast it out of existence and manage the disease. That being said, I do know that I won't get in the line of fire of any treatment loaded with high dose chemo. After 4 1/2 years, "blast it" has not worked at all with my cells. (both unsuccesful transplants were preceded by high dose chemo regimes.) "This should prove to be very interesting," said the lab rat.