As I enter the final day of cycle two of my chemotherapy with a week off to come it is good to see progression in different areas.
- My foot for so long bloated, swelling is finally beginning to look more normal.
- The itching on my back a feature two weeks ago has gone.
- My shoulder is so much less tender, though remains stiff – importantly it does not hurt most of the time.
- The urge to go to the loo – especially at night has reduced significantly and this even though I am still drinking approx 3 – 4 L of water each day.
- The potassium levels on all recent measurements have been normal.
Of course there are still things which need to be watched.
- I am running a very slightly elevated temperature at times just above 37°C and have had some raised glands as I endure a low level sore throat (viral infection). I am continuing to measure my temperature at least four times a day.
- My GFR (kidney function) is still a very low 12 out of an expected 90. It will be measured later today, hopefully there will continue to be improvements here too.
- I am slightly anaemic, a feature of Myeloma, and whilst I remain on the low potassium diet it is also more difficult to get the iron from green vegetables and nuts which also have higher potassium levels.
- The steroid treatments have put weight on me and disrupted my sleep patterns but it is a small price to pay for the overall treatment. A steroid free week next week will help.
I am not naive enough to assume the path will always be uniformly upward – there will be dips to come I am sure but I remain realistically positive in the early morning light of a late Spring Morning.