It never rains but it pours. This English idiom describes the fact that just when you think it can't get worse something else comes along to make you re-evaluate your thinking. Such has been the past 48 hours or so.
Since returning to the UK I have put on weight. This is a combination of the steroids Inhave needed to take, the water retention courtesy of my kidney problems and DVT, richer food and a lack of exercise brought on by the enforced bed rest as an inpatient and the effects of the Myeloma. In … Continue reading On ‘yer Bike
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 … Continue reading Sunday Summary – 7th May
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
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
The nights have been a bit hellish hear in hospital. The staff are lovely and I cannot fault their dedication and kindness - day or night. Early in my stay I picked up a tummy bug - Noro Virus and truthfully this probably was the straw that broke the camels back in regard to my … Continue reading Hellish Nights
Potassium is an essential electrolyte. It is one of those chemical substances which is vital for the body to function properly. It is used by your nerves and muscles, especially your heart. The body is an amazing and fine balanced machine and just one thing out of kilter can really cause major problems. Too much … Continue reading Potassium
I've never liked looking at blood - I can cope with needles but blood extraction is a nightmare - yet I have had to endure daily blood tests and continuous stabbing. My arms look like a heroine addict there are so many puncture holes. All this has been the result of my blood contents and … Continue reading Yoyo Blood