A Quick Update

Here’s just a quick update regarding my last post:

1.  I don’t have Parvo!  Or any number of strange wacky viruses I was tested for. My general feeling bad is most likely due to diet change (I can’t seem to stomach veggies right now. Protein is very hit-and-miss. That leaves carbs and sugar….and that’s what I’m living on. Very un-health coach, but I have to eat).

2.  The booby lumps are nothing of concern!  THANK HEAVENS!  Dr. B said in his German accent, ‘You have brown fat!  Brown athletic fat!  Normal!’  I said, ‘Dr. B, are you SURE??’  With a snarl plastered on his face and using his best southern American drawl he replied, ‘Yes, I’m SURE!’  Love that man!

3.  I am advancing towards complete remission!!  The majority of my lesions have shrunk and some have even disappeared!  Praise God!!  All but one of my major markers are within normal limits. Now we just keep them there and focus on my M-spike. I NEED to bring it from 0.5 to 0.0, and I need it to stay there…for forever!  The myeloma numbers in my bone marrow went from 65-70% to ‘no more than 5%’!  This is all such good news.

4. Chemo starts this morning.  I’ve already taken my 40mg of Dex. I’m waiting to be called back for infusions of apprx. 7 different prophylactics plus 2 infused chemo drugs and lastly I will be hooked up to my 24 hour chemo bag comprised of another 4 chemo drugs. Yippee!!

My chemo is over in 11 days. I can do this! Any unconventional nausea hints will be appreciated! Nothing seems to help but it will be better than last time. I’m not afraid;)

‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ Psalm 27

Back in Little Rock..Blah

I’ve taken a few weeks of vacation from blogging.  I spent the last four weeks at home with my hubbs and the kiddos and was able to enjoy being mommy again.  That made it much, much harder to leave this time.  Knowing that I am willingly coming back to be imaged, poked, tested and then pumped full of poison made it difficult but leaving my hearts at homemade it even worse.  I have to tell myself over and over that I’m here for them.  I’m going through this to survive for them.  It will ALL be worth it in the end.

I have a MRI scheduled for tomorrow, had my PET yesterday, my bone marrow biopsy and several blood draws today.  I also had a meeting with my PA this morning to go over the weeks I spent at home.  We learned a few very interesting things at this meeting.  The first being that my numbers are EXCELLENT!  Significantly better than the average myeloma patient.  That means that this chemotherapy is kicking some multiple myeloma butt!  I wish we could have left the meeting at that point, but there were a few other, less positive, things we had to hammer out.

According to my numbers I should be feeling great.  Something, though, is making me feel very ‘flu-like’.  I had assumed that it was because I’ve been anemic this whole time and because my immune system has been literally wiped out.  My PA doesn’t think either of those things would make me feel the way I do, so she’s ordered some out-of-the-box viral screens.  Like parvo.  Yup, the dog virus.  Leave it to me to get something wacky.  So, we will be checking into wacky viruses.  I’ll keep you posted on those results.  Parvo.  Seriously??

Secondly, I’ve got some very scary booby lumps that have everyone a little worried.  I pray that they are nothing, just a reaction to some drug I’m taking or have taken.  I pray that I will wake up one morning and they will miraculously disappear.  All we know is that what started out as one little pea sized lump that was ruled out as being anything other than normal boob tissue is now NOT pea sized and has friends.

I will continue to stay positive, though.  I LOVE my essential oils.  I swear they get me through the day.  I love my apricot kernals (thanks Kinsey!).  I love my turmeric that Dr. Barlogie sent me home with.  I would kill for a cervical adjustment right now, but Lee won’t budge on not adjusting me until I have consent from Dr. Barlogie.  Daddy-o’s so cute with his worry.  It’s very endering…if I say much more he’ll get embarrassed!

All of these ‘natural’ and spiritual medicines make me feel grounded and also make me feel like I can battle the bad parts of chemotherapy.  God gave man the ability to create medicine, but He also blessed us with medicine from the earth.  I think a good healthy combination of the two is the way to go.  Balance is everything!

‘I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you may have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.’  John 16:33