Pressure Tactics

One of the side effects of Myeloma is Kidney Disease and one of the results of poor kidney function is high blood pressure. Although the Myeloma has remained in remission, my kidney function has remained low and since May (when I was briefly in hospital) my kidney function has been much less than in previous … Continue reading Pressure Tactics

“Out of the Blue”

It’s been over three years since my last post. I have remained in good health, survived Covid unscathed and been doubly vaccinated. Held down a full-time teaching job. I have continued to have bimonthly haematology consultations and twice yearly renal consultations together with associated blood tests. Everything has been stable until this week …. My … Continue reading “Out of the Blue”

Hot and Cold

As I reach the bottom of the neutropenia curve, I am experiencing temperature fluctuations. Although generally I feel cold I have actually had a temperature of 38°C or above on a couple of occasions in the past two nights. This has required urgent action. Last night at 1am I was having blood extracted for culture … Continue reading Hot and Cold

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus (Venus, Mars and a later Moon)

A submission to this week's photo challenge : Focus. Taking photos of the night sky is difficult - my Canon EOS 70D needed a lot of tweaking to get something and in truth my inexperience got less than focused shots of the sky on that occasion. It was however, too good an opportunity to miss … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus (Venus, Mars and a later Moon)

Frustrating Days

The potassium won't drop consistently and hovers around 6 - critical for most of the day teaching a high of 6.4. Haematology have suggested that it might be a false positive but Renal are more cautious and up the meds. I spent most of the night last night and all of the afternoon.and evening booked … Continue reading Frustrating Days

False Positives

So one possible explanation of my raised Potassium appears to be due to the large number of dead Myeloma cells in my blood stream, which have been destroyed by the chemotherapy- these cells - full of potassium are giving false positive readings  due to the method of testing. More blood extraction has not reveal acidima … Continue reading False Positives