Beginnings 

Looking back it would be difficult to identify when I first contracted Myeloma. It seems fair to say it was around before I noticed my shoulder back last December. Multiple Myeloma begins when cells in the bone marrow are subjected to external factors which might be environmental or chemical in origin and may be linked [...]

Sunday Summary – 28th May (Symptoms)

Three weeks on from my previous Sunday Summary and a chance to take stock of where things are. This is a summary which is a good stopping off point if you are interested but don't want to wade through all my posts. I am now very much out of hospital and undergoing chemotherapy as an outpatient. I [...]

Steroids

Part of my treatment for a Myeloma involves the use of a steroid (Dexamethasone). Dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid called a glucocorticoid. Dexamethasone helps to reduce inflammation and calms an overactive immune system. Dexamethasone mimics the effect of cortisol, a hormone released by the adrenal glands (located on top of the kidneys) that controls [...]

Better by Far

As I am in the middle of my second bout of Chemotherapy it's time to reflect on where things are. I expected that the chemotherapy would be making me ill. You here scare stories of hair loss and sickness. Maybe that will come, though I am assured hair loss is unlikely with Valcade.  In truth [...]

Sunday Summary – 7th May

Just a summary of where things are at. Myeloma The chemotherapy treatment has started and I have now had three courses of Velcade and two of Cyclophosphamide. This has been administered alongside the steroid Dexamethasone, following the VCD pathway. As yet there are no noticeable side effects which is good, other than a slight red rash at [...]

Biometrics

One thing that had been a constant since I have been in hospital is measurement of my body - whether as at the start the extent of the movement in my shoulders, to various MRI, Ultrasound, CT and X Rays tests I have had both in Nairobi and in Lincoln. More recently here in Lincoln [...]

Chemotherapy (VCD) – Basics

Information here is taken from various booklets received by me and interpreted in a non-expert way - they should not be taken in any other context than my own - possibly muddle opinions. Chemotherapy is not a single thing. It is not a static process but a dynamic one which combines different drugs taken over [...]

M.E.A.U

Mobile Emergency Assessment Unit (M.E.A.U) for short was my location for 5 days from Thursday to Monday. It's a holding bay where patients are kept and treated whilst awaiting transfer to the main wards.I was needing to be transferred up to the Haematology Ward but there were no spaces so I was treated in M.E.A.U [...]