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.

2017-06-25 Recovery Day 111

Today is so much better then yesterday, had a good breakfast, which always helps. About an hour after breakfast my shoulder-back-shoulder pain showed up at a PL6. The good news it stayed there for the day. However, an hour later the top of my left and right leg broke through at a PL6 where it stayed for the day even with ice. At the same time, pain developed in my left foot. To be exact the location is the top where the foot and leg meet. It started with a PL6, but quickly got to a PL8 where it stayed with the help of Ice.

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2017-06-23 Recovery Day 109 – Addendum

It was pointed out to me that I did not provide the details what the spine surgeon said about my progress. I am sorry for forgetting to provide this important information. So here we go, it will be short posting (addendum) with the outcome of my checkup with my spine surgeon.

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2017-06-24 Recovery Day 110

Today started of well. I went downstairs to enjoy Breakfast, which was strawberry/rhubarb jam on a pretzel bun. A bit later the rest came downstairs to make their Breakfast. We chatted a bit about what they did last night and what they have planned for today. Around 8:00 my shoulder-back-shoulder and the top of the left leg became noticeable with pain. By 9:00 the pain reach a level that forced me to go upstairs to rest with ice packs. By then the top of my right leg also started to pain.

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2017-06-23 Recovery Day 109

Temperature wise we are finally in the downturn phase of cooling down 10F to a high of 98F. The plan for today is to continue keeping the pain log up-to-date. Like yesterday, I also decided to stay downstairs after breakfast since the upstairs was still under a heat attack. With Renée, Dieter and Carsten have arrived late last night for a visit, I hope that my plan to stay downstairs where the Air Condition is, will keep things cool, and my pain under control.

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2017-06-22 Recovery Day 108

Temperature wise we had another repeat of the last 3 days. The plan for today was to continue keeping the pain log up-to-date. I also decided to stay downstairs after breakfast since the upstairs was under a heat attack. Because of the night temperature not going below 85F, nothing cooled down. With Dieter and Carsten coming for a visit, I want my pain to be as much as possible under control. The only way to do so is to stay downstairs where the Air Condition is able to keep it cool.

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2017-06-21 Recovery Day 107

Temperature wise we had today a repeat of yesterday day 106. The plan for today was to keep a pain log to figure out what triggered what. I also decided to stay upstairs until lunch to keep the pain level in check. I woke up without any noticeable pain. Having breakfast in bed, taking my 6:00 o’clock Dilaudid and Ice Pack did not change the pain level (PL). The first increase in PL came after 7:00 while resting. It was an increase in my shoulder-back-shoulder pain (PL6). It stayed that way until noon (12:00).

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2017-06-20 Recovery Day 106

Yesterday was a hot day, which made it difficult to cool down the bedrooms since the night temperature did not drop not drop much. The side effect was that I did not get to sleep around 11:00 PM. As to the leg pain, there was no evidence of it. All I had was a bit of back pain, which is normal for the last few weeks. I lower it during the day with an ice pack, which keeps it in check.

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2017-06-19 Recovery Day 105

Today will be another hot day. Yesterday’s high was 106.5F (41.4C) and a low of 80.2F (26.8C). The low did not help cooling things down during the night as the inside temperature’ s low stayed around 84.5F (29.2C). Today will be similar, 104F(40.0) for the high.

Enough of the high temperatures, what about the leg pain? Getting up this morning revealed just a touch of pain in both legs. What a difference compared to yesterday which prevented me from walking.

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2017-06-18 Recovery Day 104

Today’s posting will be very short. Today was a very bad day. Starting in the morning with the pain in both of my upper legs. Same as yesterday the pain appears when getting up to walk. However, compared to yesterday the pain was more severe and would not go away with walking a bit. Add that I also now have to deal with extreme constipation, and you get an idea how my day went.

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2017-06-17 Recovery Day 103

Today started of great. We watched an episode of Iron Fist that we did not finished last night. After that, we got up and went downstairs for breakfast, I even helped a bit. Since today will be a hot day, about 100F, 38C, Dianne and I decided to do our morning walk very early at 7 o’clock. Returning from our walk, we found Denise downstairs, ready for us some house cleaning. My part was to stay out of their way, which was OK with me. Around 9:00 Dianne and Denise left to go Grocery shopping and I retuned to my recliner to get some rest.

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