Up early in the dark for my trip to St. Luke’s Hospital MSTI (Mountain States Tumor Institute) in Twin Falls, Idaho. Left early because it snowed yesterday and so I could go more slowly watching for critters (deer, moose, elk) in the road, but I didn’t encounter any.
My blood draw went well and I was careful to hold the site for 5 minutes afterwards since I expected that my platelets were improving, but still below normal.
My white blood cells were almost normal at 4.4 (norms 4.5-11); hemoglobin normal at 12.3 (norms 12-15); and my platelets were up from 80 last week to a normal of 149 (norms 140-440). So, my bone marrow is recovering from the Zolinza (vorinostat) in these values.
My creatinine was lower at 1.16 (norms 0.52-1.04) from 1.47 last week on 10/16/2012 and 1.20 on 10/20/2012. My BUN remains normal at 11 (norms 7-170. So, it appears that my kidney function tests are on the mend. I will continue to drink lots of fluids daily (3,000 to 3,500 ml).
My LDH is soaring at 993 (norms 313-618) – goes well with the relapse.
After my labs were back, I saw Dr. Padavanija and nurse Kendi. They have been working on getting insurance approval for the Carfilzomib (Kyprolis)