Optimism Required

Last night I heard the frogs singing in a nearby wetland for the first time this year.  Slumbering frogs awakening into song portending spring is one of my favorite soundsWhen I hear them, I can’t help but be reminded that spring is near and know that it is a time of rebirth and and a time for optimism.  

As 2012 ended, I was looking forward to the new year with hope that good things would happen in 2013. So far, I have had to resume treatment because of my rising lambda light chains, I have had another cold and cough, and just last Thursday I woke up with shingles!  All of this sounds worse than it has been.  My cold kept me down and at home, but considering my weak immune system, I think I recovered rather quickly.  When the shingles made their ugly debut, I called my oncologist right away and he prescribed an aggressive regimen of acyclovir and it seems to be working.  I haven’t had a lot of pain and I am thankful for that knowing how bad shingles can be.  

My last blood work showed that the lambda light chains had increased by nearly 22 points.  Before that, they were rising about10 or 11 points a month.  When I saw the latest results, it was upsetting and even a little scary.  I have to keep in mind I had only two low dose injections of Velcade prior to that blood work. I have now had three injections with a fourth one scheduled for this week – if the shingles don’t get in the way.  At my last appointment, my doctor reassured me that we are treating a miniscule amount of myeloma.  We hadn’t seen the latest light chain results at that time, so I need to remember that a 22 point increase of a miniscule amount should be kept in proper perspective.

The year 2013 hasn’t had an auspicious beginning, but there is a lot of this year left and I am optimistic that things will get better.  After all, I heard the frogs singing.
 

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day
This is the centerpiece for our 
 dinner table.