jm's Adventure with Multiple Myeloma: 2nd ASCT - Day 108 - September 4 2012

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

2nd ASCT - Day 108 - September 4 2012

Drove to St. Luke's Hospital MSTI in Twin Falls this morning. Got there early and stopped at Sportman's Warehouse which is located just on the edge of the canyon with a great view of the Twin Falls Bridge that I have to cross over to get to Twin Falls.
Twin Falls Perrine Bridge over the Snake River today September 4 2012. Double click to full-size.
 RN Kenadi, me and my oncologist, Dr. Padavanija. September 4 2012
Had a good visit with Dr. Padavanija. She thinks I should continue Augmentin (antibiotic for one more week to make sure the root canal is totally bacteria free). I was scheduled to get Aredia (bone building medication) this week, but Dr. Padavanija thinks I should forego Aredia for this entire month in light of the root canal. So, I  only got subcutaneous Velcade today in my left arm. I was in and out of the Infusion Area in just minutes since I didn't get the 3 hour Aredia intravenous drip. I took my Zolinza 400 mg (four 100mg capsules) while I waited for the Velcade along with 10 mg of dex. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

My blood values are good this afternoon. WBC normal at 4.7 (norms 4.5-11); hemoglobin 13.5 (norms12-15); and platelets 258 (norms140-440). They also drew a LDH and Beta2 Microglobuins along with my SPEP (includes the M-Spike) and free lights. I also gave them a urine sample.  I won't get those results until the end of the week via fax or during my Friday Velcade administration.

My comprehensive metabolic panel has a slightly abnormally high Creatinine which is NOT good - a measure of kidney function. I've been taking a lot of Advil for the root canal and I'm going to stop that now. However, my BUN is normal (another kidney function measure) - so, I'm probably alright.
Stopped at Taco Bell - yum.
Back home in Mackay, Idaho located in the smokey Big Lost River Valley by 2:45 PM. The Halstead Fire has grown to 135,779 acres and only 7 percent contained. Our air is just THICK with fire smoke - so, no walk for Kemmer and I. Can't even see the Mine Hill and it is less than 1 mile away. The sun was a bright orange, but not in my photo.


  1. JM, watch out for the Advil. My creatinine is at 1.1, GFR 40, and I was told NOT to take Advil or any NSADs.

  2. Lovey, I have STOPPED all Advil. Thanks for your support. jm