Monday, December 20, 2010

Amped Up

As Emeril would say, BAM! We're amping it up for the holidays. Velcade dose doubled, steroids quadrupled, and the treatment is now twice a week, as opposed to once a week. Rifkin and I made this decision today after first looking at my blood counts, all of which were "excellent" and considering that my IGGs and M protein were rising. Rifkin agreed with me that we want to try to decrease those myeloma numbers in advance of receiving my brother's white cells next month to give them the best chance of choking down this myeloma. I jokingly suggested that we first call my family to get their input as they're going to have to live with me during these next few weeks. I was on this dosage 4 years ago, but it was the first course of treatment following my first transplant. A whole lot of toxic waste has passed through these veins since then and I don't tolerate this stuff like I used to. But I was the one who initially suggested it, so I wasn't going to back down when Rifkin agreed. It should be an exciting Christmas at the Patterson household this year.
Joy and Peace to all,


Steven L. Ritter said...

Rock on.....

Hit it hard....

Merry Christmas !!!


tim's wife said...

Can I bring you to my in-law's for Christmas, Oh can I pleeeeasssseee.
I'd like nothing better than to set someone who's 'roid ragin' on a select few of them.
Oh yeah, peace on earth, good will toward men, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Hope you have a peace filled holiday!

sigun said...

Dear Dan,

Oh, those steroids... we've got to get you a punching ball!! Bon courage. Bises, Sigun.

matt in california said...

My father is also in what sounds like the same boat.Multiple transplants after 5 years since diagnose hes being put back on velcade.Thank GOD he is still with us and home from the hospitol for christmas and another year.Stay possitive oh ya and keep breathing.HAPPY NEW YEAR DAN!!!!

sailor said...


Hope you are doing well. Sending love, light and laughter to you and those you love.