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Nearing REMISSION!!!

Apr 10

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Friday, April 10, 2009 4:49 PM  RssIcon

Good news today from the latest blood draw. The myeloma has been further reduced by the present Revlimid/Dexamethasone combination of oral drugs that I'm taking on a 28 day cycle of 3 week on and 1 week off. For those technical in knowledge my IGA is at 145 and the IGAkappa indicating normalcy shows only a trace. The result of this is that I'm nearing remission which is the closest I've been since treatments began two years ago this May. The side effect of neuropathy have made my lower legs and especially my feet very sensitive to touch causing numbness of the bottoms of my feet and occasional pain with aching in the ankles. Use of my hands for gripping causing painful cramping which is a new side effect that I've begun to experience.My hemoglobin is down which will require a unit of blood this week. I will return to Northwestern on May 7th for the next doctor's visit while in the meantime I will continue to get blood draws weekly and the Aredia and IVG infusion once a month thru my local oncologist. I've begun to gain weight after reaching a low of 165 pounds which puts me in a skin and bone look with all my cloths falling off unless secured. Muscle tone is gone and fatigue and weakness are a norm but I am able to drive and get around while staying away from crowds. Presently I'm ending a battle from a cold which lingers.

To all, have a good Easter and enjoy,

3 comment(s) so far...

Re: Nearing REMISSION!!!

Happy Easter Dave and family!
Prayers this weekend will be thankful ones for the positive showing on your bloodwork.

By Lynn on   Saturday, April 11, 2009 10:35 AM

Re: Nearing REMISSION!!!

Hi Dave:
That's wonderful news! Hope you and your family had a nice Easter.

By Tom Ellmaker on   Monday, April 13, 2009 8:44 PM

Re: Nearing REMISSION!!!

Hey Dave,

Good News, it makes us all very happy. Just to let you know we are gathering fish for upcoming visit. Jeff and Vicky are here just wanted to keep you updated.

We Love ya,

Janice and gang

By Janice on   Friday, April 24, 2009 5:53 PM
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