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…

Treatment update – June 6, 2018

The final results of my bone marrow biopsy are in.  They reveal no detectable chromosomal anomalies.  Consequently, there are no specific targets for targeted therapy.  This is neither good nor bad news.  It just means that the curr…

The Ritual

Pretty much on schedule, clumps of hair began showing up in the drain….so the ritual of the buzz cut was celebrated yesterday.  FYI:  For safety and aesthetics, it is best not to go down to shiny scalp at the outset.  I good “Elvis goes …

Remembering Steve Taylor

Woke up this morning to the awful news that my friend and classmate, Steve Taylor, lost his battle with multiple myeloma.Many of you who knew Steve will be surprised that he was afflicted with cancer.  Steve didn’t want people to know about it.&nb…

Hospital Rhythm

There is a definite rhythm to a long term hospital stay.  It is not like life on the outside. The beat is driven by food delivery, doctor rounds, med administration, taking of vitals, tests, blood draws, etc. All of which can happen at any hour…..

Calm Before The Storm

I was delighted to receive a pass to go home for a couple of days this weekend.  Since they don’t initiate treatment over the weekend and I wasn’t being treated for anything, it was deemed that there was no reason to stay in the hospital.  So…

Nasty Cousin

So, I was feeling kinda crappy.   It felt like I was coming down with the flu.   Violent shakes. Dry mouth. Overall malaise. So I covered up with blankets, drank Gatorade, and endeavored to tough it out.   But after a c…