Category Archives: Road to Recovery

This category is about my road to recovery from Multiple Myeloma (MM). MM is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs.

2017-08-23 Recovery Day 170

So how was today? Simple answer, almost like yesterday. After breakfast I went outside to relax a bit. Since Monday was a bad day for me I had skip calling Jürgen, so I decided to call him. During the call I noticed that our fountain was not working because of a lack of water. After the call with Jürgen I got up and filled the fountain, and since I had the water house on, I decided to water all the flowers and bird baths.

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2017-08-22 Recovery Day 169

Today was a much better day than yesterday. I got up had breakfast, after that I went for my short walk in front of our house. After that I started to contact some of my family and friends via Skype or FaceTime. I spoke to Francois, Ray, Hannelore, Peter and Don. Before I know it, it was lunch time. What a difference compared with yesterday. I was full of energy in the morning, I even went for a second walk after lunch.

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2017-08-21 Recovery Day 168

Today was a rough day, not sure how it happen, all I know my system was out of wack. It all started after waking up. Before that I had a good night sleep getting up every 3 hours to relieve myself of the chemo fluids in my system. Things changed when it was time to wake up. I just fell asleep agin. I was able to have a short FaceTime call with Ray before I had the energy to get out of bed.

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2017-08-20 Recovery Day 167

Today started off like yesterday without any problems. The night was good as I was able to fulfill the medical requirement to get up every 3 hours in order to flush my system from the chemo and other medication fluids.

We had again the free breakfast at the motel, it still was not much, but enough for us. We had already pack most of our stuff last night, all there was left to do was to pack the last few things and take them down to the car and start our drive back home.

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2017-08-19 Recovery Day 166

Today started off without any problems. We had the free breakfast at the motel, it was not much, but enough for us. Since our appointment was not until 10:00 we had enough time to get ready. Since the most time we would spend here I was able to reduce our things to pack-up and take. I am so glad that the laptop I purchased not long ago was the 14 inch MacBook, the size, weight and functionally is just perfect. Not to much nor to not enough. By the time we were ready to go, the taxi was here to take us to UCSF MD at Parnassus.

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2017-08-18 Recovery Day 165

Today is the day for the start of the Stem Cell Transplant. Step 1 is the the Cytoxan chemo infusion. However, because it is very toxic I receive before and after other fluids for protection. In summary, zxtoday was very good day, better than I had expected. Have we reached the turning point? We will find out by the end of this week, since this week every day will have a appointment for something.

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2017-08-17 Recovery Day 164

Today started of like the last few days, the only pain I had was the shoulder-back-shoulder pain which came in various pain levels. I also had no the morning sickness (dizziness and quizziness). The morning was used to pack up Dianne’s and my computers with all the accessories, such as chargers, mice, extension cords, etc. I also packed our cloths for the next 3 days. I know it sound like nothing, but it not only took me all morning, but it also took all my energy since I did not rest between the various activities.

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2017-08-16 Recovery Day 163

If you have not read yesterday’s posting, please do, otherwise you may not understand what I am about to report.

Before I update you about the additional Cyclophosphamide, also called Cytoxan infusion I am going to receive, let me update you about my pain.

Today was another good day, just like yesterday, because the only pain I had was the shoulder-back-shoulder pain which came in various pain levels. I also had no the morning sickness (dizziness and quizziness).

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2017-08-15 Recovery Day 162

Today was a good day because the only pain I had was the shoulder-back-shoulder pain which came in various pain levels. I also had no the morning sickness (dizziness and quizziness). However, we did have a eventful day since we had a appointment with UCSF in San Francisco. The appointment was to tell as the details about our upcoming Stem Cell collection and transplant. However, as we found out there was much more to it.

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2017-08-14 Recovery Day 161

Today was a good day with a slow start in the morning. I did have a bit of the morning sickness (dizziness and quizziness) which lasted to about 8:00 AM. After some breakfast I walked for about 20 minutes. For the rest of the day all I had was the shoulder-back-shoulder pain which came at various levels.

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