Chemo Treatment #5

Sorry to blog late.  Yesterday was Chemo day and what a long day!  Christmas stuff is happening and keeping us very busy as well.

Hemogloben was at 104.  Down two points.  Doctor says it’s ok.  I gave him his needle to strengthen it last night.
During this past week on his right leg, above the ankle, it became swollen, red, dry and very itchy.  Turned into a rash.  Doctor sent him to ultra sound to rule out a blood clot…..all ok. WHEW.
Also, during the week, he’s been coughing and looks like he’s developing a cold.  Doctor listened to his breathing and detected wheezing on right lung.  Off to see Michael in X-ray dept. We missed Michael, he wasn’t there.  LOL  Results, no pneumonia.  WHEW, again.
So, doctor okayed chemo today.  In the chemo room, we were told he needed his monthly bone strengthening IV medicine.  Darn, that takes two hours to drip through.  We weren’t expecting this.  However, Tony gets the comfy chair, lounging and reading the paper and gets to watch TV.  He gets control of the converter……while I sit on a stool with wheels :(

While waiting for the IV to finish, we were going to miss the appointment with the pain management doctor, so he came to us to discuss back issues.  Basically he said Tony’s back is a mess and isn’t surprised about his pain.  He was asking Tony how his neck was because the MRI showed problems there as well and that he should be in much pain.  But his neck is pain free.  He’s very surprised at that.  Tony does have a fracture on his lower back causing much pain.  Hence all the morphine.  In the end, instructions are ZERO physio, absolutely no chiropractors or excessive physical activity.  He seems ok with acupuncture.  Must be with small needles only.  He feels that he needs a second opinion to simply validate his suspicions, which is good. This Friday AM, Tony is at Sunnybrook with a back specialist.  Sounds like they’ll be discussing surgery options?  This is definitely Myeloma related injuries.  Pretty quick, eh?

Since our last blog, Tony has improved with mobility and pain is manageable.  (His mom is happy with this)
Steroids have begun again—-4 days on, 4 days off!   OMG….His chatter is back!  There goes “my” sleep.