jm's Adventure with Multiple Myeloma: Bone Marrow Biopsy to Confirm Relapse - October 17 2012

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bone Marrow Biopsy to Confirm Relapse - October 17 2012

Clay Smith, MD came in to continue my appointment from yesterday which was a pleasant surprise. He and his team including the UCH pharmacist, Jenny, my transplant coordinator, Lindsey McMenimen are working to coordinate everything with Dr. Padavanija at St. Luke's Hospital in Twin Falls. Dr. Smith will contact Paul Richardson, MD, Boston for my second opinion to get started.

NP Angela did my 8th bone marrow biopsy in 15 months today.

Bone Marrow Biopsy History:
  1. 24 May 2011 (Diagnosis at Dr. Moore in Ft. Collins, Colorado)
  2. 20 Aug 2011 (1st at UCH with Glen, NP)
  3. 1 Sept 2011 (Karley, NP)
  4. 2 Nov 2011  (Karley, NP)
  5. 9 Mar 2012  (Karley, NP and 1st with OnControl Driver)
  6. 3 May 2012 (Shannon, NP with OnControl Driver)
  7. 12 July 2012 (Trish, NP with OnControl Driver)
  8. 17 Oct 2012 (Angela, NP with OnControl Driver)

The bone marrow biopsy went well, as they drugged me with morphine and Ativan. I held the real dinosaur rock for good luck that Ron made Jani.

After the bone marrow biopsy, Jani and I had lunch in the hospital before my chemotherapy appointment at 1 PM. I had to have an IV started and the nurse was able to get it started on the first poke. 

 They ran 1,000 cc of fluids because of my high creatinine (1.47) drawn yesterday. 
Then, I got my subcutaneous Velcade in my right arm. I took 20 mg of dexamethasone orally and will take 20 mg tomorrow and stop.

Jani drove me to Greeley and I slept in the back of Bart the whole way. We had chinese food for dinner.


  1. JM, I'm so sorry that you're having to face this. I'm glad that you like Dr. Smith, and that you'll be going to Boston for the second opinion. Dr. Richardson is revered in the MM community. Best wishes, Lovey

  2. Thanks Lovey, probably the most difficult part of all of this RIGHT NOW is that I have not flown since 2004 - so, that will be an ADVENTURE in it