Posted by: Barbara | October 3, 2008

CHEMO, AGAIN

Mario underwent another round of chemo this week. We spent about 20 hours at the oncology office from Wednesday thru today. I think that I’m more exhausted than Mario. Thank goodness that Annapolis Mall is right across the street!

The GOOD NEWS is that Dr. Selonick stopped in to tell us that the protein count was cut in half after the first round of treatment. It went from 6,000 down to 3,000. We were most happy to hear that news!

Today Mario received a medication to strengthen his bones as well as a shot of Neulasta. Neulasta will increase the white blood cells in order to fight any infections. Neutropenia landed Mario in the hospital last time, but hopefully this shot will prevent that from happening this time.

Mario is feeling OK right now but it often takes several days to feel the effects of the chemo. Thanks to all who have been so supportive with your emails and phone calls. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful family and friends at this difficult time!


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  1. I HAVE READ YOUR MONTHLY BLOGS AND I FIND IT EXTREMELY HELPFUL & INSIGHTFUL. MY 71-YEAR-OLD MOM WAS DIAGNOSED ON MARCH 26, ’08 WITH MULTIPLE MYELOMA. SHE STARTED OUT WITH MELPHALAN, THEN VELCADE & DEXAMETHASONE, NOW SHE IS ON REVLIMID & DEX. SHE GOES ON THE 27TH TO REVIEW HER BLOODWORK FOR THIS NEW CHEMO. I REALLY HOPE THIS WORKS FOR HER. HER DR. IS RECOMMENDING STEM CELL TRANSPLANT, BUT SHE’S NERVOUS ABOUT THAT.

    WHEN I READ YOUR STORY IT MAKES ME FEEL MUCH BETTER. THANK YOU FOR SHARING & I’LL KEEP MARIO IN MY PRAYERS.

    KATHLEEN


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