December is a month of reflection and recollection for me, with a lot of original Myeloma diagnosis milestones:
Dec 14, 2009 first Hematology/Oncology (I'm in the wrong place) appointment
Dec 18, 2009 first surprise, why me, shocking bone marrow biopsy
Dec 30, 2009 totally unexpected Myeloma C A N C E R diagnosis
I am feeling a bit melancholy... as being re-diagnosed and out of remission so soon has hit me differently than my initial diagnosis... but enough of this... and on to my recent statistics.
Had my monthly oncology appointment on Monday and even with being back on Revlimid chemo and Dex steroids and all the other meds... my Myeloma markers still increased:
Specifically my IgA immunoglobulins are now 1890, up 400 points from just last month, and more than double what they were this summer when I came out of remission. On Kaiser's scale, normal range is between 40-700
My M-protein (M-spike) is now 1.4, up from zero after my autologous stem cell transplant in July 2010.
My oncologist wants to double my Revlimid dose, (from 5mg to 10mg), but I said no thank you, let me enjoy the holidays without increased side effects and possible complications. My initial 2010 treatment started at 10mg, with somewhat bearable side effects. But when we increased to 15mg, I wound up with a serious rash and other dangerous side effects, so we quickly backed down to 10mg.
Onward the battle goes...