2019-06-16 Living with Cancer Day 834

Today was not a good day, I still did not sleep good during the night and the stomach cramps and pains were still there in the morning. I stayed in bed hoping for my stomach to settle. I had a light breakfast before the cut-off time to take my antibiotic at 9:00am. However, 30 minutes later I hat to vomit. I stayed in bed taking all my medication on time and rested as my stomach started to settle. I went downstairs around 10:30 to continue my resting, finally around noon, just for lunch, I started to feel good enough to have lunch.

After lunch I continued to rest in my recliner, drinking fluids and getting up every once in a while. However my over all condition stayed the same, light stomach discomfort and the crummy feeling remaining for most of the day.

With that said I had a few overwhelming surprises for Father’s Day. Dieter my son sent me a video of him reading a very touching poem he wrote. It was very touching. Dianne and I made a rule when they were very little they could not buy cards. He has made many homemade ones over the years howeverI believed he topped all the cards with this video today. Denise got me some great new t-shirts and shorts. She helped make a great rigatoni with turkey meatballs dinner and got me a lemon raspberry bundt cake. All this made it a very special day.

On Friday night we got a call from my ongologist with the lab result of the Myeloma panel that shows the monoclonal proteins.

A monoclonal protein is one antibody (also called immunoglobulin) that has grown out of control. This is also identified as an M-spike. Each of the different immunoglobulins in your body fights a different type of infection.

In my case the results were as expected bad because of stopping the Chemo treatment in order to find that was wrong with my oxygen intake and related issues.

The tests we run is looking at the Immunoglobulins Igg, Iga and, Igm and the Protein Electrophoresis Serum to find the Abnormal Protein Band 1.

The results of the last 4 tests taken on 2/19/19, 3/19/19, 5/20/19 and 6/12/19 were:

Immunoglobulin G (Igg) – 243, 230, 365, 573 | Standard Range = 694 – 1,618 mg/dL

Immunoglobulin A (Iga) – 294, 309, 622, 1,088 | Standard Range = 81 – 463 mg/dL

Immunoglobulin M (Igm) – 10, 8, 95, 82 | Standard Range = 48 – 271 mg/dL

Abnormal Protein Band 1 – 0.2 0.2, 0.5, 1.1 | Standard Range = NONE DETECTED g/dL

Because of the large increase in the monoclonal proteins, especially the Igg and Iga, we are stopping the DARZALEX® (daratumumab) and starting the Elotuzumab treatment. That is all I have on the switch, I will have more on Wednesday during my follow-up meeting with my Oncology doctor.

That’s it for today, all around it was not a good day, we expected it because in the past the weekend after a treatment day turned this way for 2-3 days. We will know more tomorrow.