Last Valcade

This morning I have reached a milestone. I am here at Ingham Suite for my last Valcade Injection. This is the chemotherapy drug which I have been taking twice a week for the past three months. For once I didn't need to have my bloods done, this has quickened the whole process.  Monday's trip to … Continue reading Last Valcade

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Hb, WBC, Plts & Neuts?

Each Tuesday and Friday they take blood. This is sent to Haematology for testing ahead of my Valcade injections.  The values obtained determine the dose of Valcade, though in practice they work in arrears i.e. Today's Valcade relies on Tuesday's results. What are they measuring? My booklet records 4 values denoted Hb, WBC, Plts and … Continue reading Hb, WBC, Plts & Neuts?

Progress

Today I have met with my consultant. We meet every three weeks at the end of a chemotherapy cycle. A chance to touch base and reflect on progress. I have just completed my third cycle of chemotherapy and so approximately half way through the process or so I believed. It turns out that I have … Continue reading Progress

New Routine….Same Wait

Chemo routine subtly changed. Still Tuesdays and  Fridays Still Bloods to be taken Still Valcade to inject Same observations. Same Questions  Numbness? Hearing? Walking? Buttons? Location changed Clinic 7 to Ingham Fast through Clinic 7 Same long wait at Ingham Staff down  Nurses short Pharmacy slow Some things don't change. Waiting.

Pins & Needles

As the chemotherapy treatment progresses there are signs of some of the side effects becoming manifest. One of these is Peripheral Neuropathy. This term describes damage to the nerves in the hands, feet, arms and legs and is both a symptom of Myeloma and it's treatment with Valcade (Bortezomib) and other chemotherapy drugs such as … Continue reading Pins & Needles

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 … Continue reading Sunday Summary – 28th May (Symptoms)

Outpatient 

Today was the start of my second series of Chemotherapy. The first series had been entirely carried out on Waddington Ward, however today was the first time I had done this as an outpatient. The difference being that I first had to attend the doctor's surgery where I had my blood tested for my  INR. … Continue reading Outpatient