A Restful Pause

Joy(click the link above to hear my favorite holiday song while you read this update.).  I’ve completed Round 5 of HyperCVAD. One more round to go…. consisting of two hospitalizations…and treatment will be finished.  I endured another bo…

False Alarm!

Had a very scary morning.I was getting packed up for my scheduled 5b admission this morning when the phone rang.  It was Doctor M, my oncologist, calling to ask “are you coming?” I told him I was planning to be there for admission this afternoon…

Quick Update

Checking back into Cedars today for Round 5B.  The past 4 “B” arms have been comparatively easier and shorter than the “A”s.  Primarily because I am able to pass the methotrexate infusion relatively quickly, which is the criteria for getting …

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…