Good News Among Hospital Stay
Thursday December 27th 2007, 4:17 pm
Filed under: Leukemia

My sodium, which had been very low, is rising again. My bilirubin (causing the jaundice, and indicating the toxicity of the chemo drugs) is slowly decreasing.

The bilirubin levels may not be low enough tomorrow to give me the full dose of chemo, but we will adjust accordingly by either giving a smaller dose or waiting a few days for my regularly scheduled dose. I am assured that these things are normal and will not create undue problems.

In other good news, I am producing some healthy red blood cells with good nuclei. This is a sign that hopefully remission is near on track, despite the high volume of leukemia found in my bone marrow on day 15. The day 28 bone marrow aspirate remains the critical measure of this, but it is nice to have some good news building up to then.

I discussed with one of the doctors today that I will probably be feeling the worst during induction (first month) (which I had known) but even then, I’m not going to feel like me for months and months. The hope is that after this first month, the constant pain will be lessened, and that by the third month I’ll start to actually feel better. An interesting sub-roadmap to look forward to.

Without a large centralized pain in my gut or my arm, I’m definitely feeling the effects of everything all over–very sore, painful, and swollen. I had concerns about the pain meds, but I think we’ve addressed those and I feel more comfortable using them now.

–Reid.


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