Chemical Warfare part 2! Mission = Remission Again

Start running Myeloma!!!
Chemo’s coming to gobble you up again!!

So we picked up some of my prescriptions, after my treatment planning appointment Nov 18… I couldn’t help but laugh when I tried to organize all these meds in my “pharmacy drawer”. There’s a lot of meds here again! It’s 2010 all over again… but actually I am grateful for the deja vu medication treatment routine, as I now know how to manage the side effects from each one. I take some in the morning and some at night. Some with certain types of foods. Some without food.
Can you guess which I take WHEN?

Frontline attack #1
Fortunately at a low dose to begin with!
This Rx comes from the Kaiser “specialty pharmacy” in San Francisco
They are so wonderful with personal calls, and sending it FedEx next day!
Hello again my friend Revlimid!
We’ll be friends for 3 weeks on, 1 week off.
Cost is unbelievable! I just received my new Rx!
(and the 2013 price is even higher than my 2010-2012 (of course!)
Ready for this… $9,283.57 per 21 day cycle! OMG!!!
Interesting article here regarding cost and survival

The magic hot pink pill to prevent allergic reactions and hives from Revlimid
Back in 2010 when they tried higher doses with me I had huge allergic blotches and rashes…
I didn’t realize how serious it was at the time

Good ol Aspirin to prevent blood clots
and deep vein Thrombosis from Revlimid

ROID RAGE right here !
I have a love/hate relationship with you Dex!
 5 cute lil pills per dose, but dang they do a number on my system!

Omerprazole to prevent ulcers, acid reflux, etc
These I have to remember to take longer, as the Dex roids have been
wreaking havoc on my GI system 
Antiprotozoal to prevent Pneumonia and other cooties!
It has the consistency and appearance of yellow preschool paint, with a Citrus taste
Quite pricey at over $2500 per Rx

Antiviral to prevent Shingles
I forget if I did this pre and post stem cell transplant in 2010

And I think I will add B-12 and a daily vitamin to this chemo cocktail as I keep getting sick!!! ggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

How do I feel overall? Kinda spacey, mentally worn down and a bit sad. Seems like I am sick every week now. (Home sick again now! ugh!) Most of the time, I feel dehydrated, dizzy, nauseated, weak, tired, GI yucky stuff and nasal stuff etc!!!!  Just go away Myeloma!

I really thought I would be “different” and get remission for a long long long time… instead, Myeloma came back fast and from all the studies I read… my clock is ticking faster than I really allowed myself to absorb before. Am I lucky if I have 10 years from diagnosis? 

2009 + 10 = 2019
Tick… Tick… Tick… Tock