Day +77

2/12/14 – I had my weekly check-up yesterday and my counts continue to be very promising. The only thing that has caused me some minor discomfort is that I have developed phlebitis in my left arm. I guess you can only use a vein so many times for drawing blood, infusions, CT Scans, etc… before it gets mad and starts to scream at you. I have been putting on hot compresses and started taking an antibiotic called Kaphlex to treat this. This gets added to all my daily medications which includes: Prograf, Penicillin V Potassium, Fluconazole, Valtrex, Bactrim, Folic Acid, Ursodiol, Magnesium plus Protein, Compazine (taken as needed), and Crestor. Thanks to my wife Sue who makes sure I take the right meds at the right times.
Yesterday I also was given the second half of my IVIG infusion. I seem to have handled this well again. Sitting in the infusion room I realized just how lucky I am. So many people have bad reactions to infusions.
With me being more than three quarters to the magic day 100, I am very much looking forward to getting my life back on track. Saying this, I do have some big things coming up before that. I have my first set of scans since the stem cell transplant. This is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th. We also are planning to start adjusting the doses of medication I am given to see if it brings on any signs of Graft to Host Disease. It is my understanding that we want to see a little bit of it but we certainly do not want me to get a bad case of it.
I am just so blessed with how well things have gone for me so far and I am so very thankful for all the support I have received from my family and friends. Especially a huge THANK YOU to my wife Sue, who has been there every moment of this journey with me.
I would like to wish a Very Happy Valentine’s Day to my wonderful wife.
My next appointment at the Cancer Center is Tuesday, February 18th.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!Psalm 107:1
More to come…

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