Mile 14

Fall Colors in the Eastern SierrasPreparing to return to Cedars today for Arm B of Round 4 of Hyper CVAD.  For those of you keeping score at home, this means I’ll have 4 more hospital admissions after this one.  If all goes according to sched…

Gearing up for Round 4

Welcome back, fight fans.  We’re about to initiate Round 4 of a scheduled 6 rounder between the skinny kid from Wisconsin and the Big Bad Hyper C-VAD monster.  It’s been a tough fight so far.  I’ve absorbed numerous body blows.  I’v…

Downhill

Throwback photo.  From last year.Since I have a lot of time on my hands these days, I get to contemplate pretty useless things.  For example, the word “downhill”.   It is one of those words that can mean one thing in certain context…

Just Beachy

Not much to report on this lovely summer day.  I’m enjoying being home between chemo sessions.  Next session will start in about two weeks.  On Wednesday night, I was invited to see Mission Impossible.  The movie was fun (if you see…

We may have a donor!

Shabbat Shalom(Cedars provides a Shabbat box for patients on request.   It contains two battery operated candles, a challah and a box of grape juice.   Everything I need to ring in the sabbath!)Good news. We may have a donor!We rece…

Registry "oops" and treatment update

First of all, apologies to all who tried to register for the bone marrow registry – only to find that the cut off for being a donor is under age 60.   I didn’t know that when I posted it.  I do appreciate your willingness to check it out…

The Sh*t is Working!

(Sunset over Manhattan Beach Pier – 7/3/2018)Results from last week’s bone marrow biopsy are encouraging.  In technical terms, it found negative minimum residual disease (MRD).  That means the test could find no leukemia cells floating around…

Solctice Update

Happy Summer Solstice.  Nominally the longest day of the year.  But it should be no surprise that for me, the longest day was May 2nd when I went to the ER to learn of my new diagnosis.To be honest, I’m getting sick of being sick.  I’m a…

Quick update: Sunday June 10

Back at Cedars for a few days, as scheduled.  I received two chemos….specifically methotrexate and cyterabine.  I need to stay here until the methotrexate passes through me, which they think will be around Tuesday. There have been a few minor…