Saturday, November 7, 2009

And the Bone Marrow Says?.......

Nothing...yet. Results of Clyde's bone marrow biopsy on Thursday won't be back for another week or so. I sat on pins and needles all day Thursday waiting for the results. Clyde called mid-afternoon to report on her clinic visit. Her blood counts are very good. Her white count is well within the normal range and the red counts, including platelets, were slightly below normal but not to the point that she needed a transfusion. Her mineral levels, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, etc. were all good as well. Her meds were not adjusted at all which is a nice development. It's been the case recently that she's been taking too much of or too little of one drug or another. The immunosuppression drugs have been the tricky ones to dial-in. They've been responsible for the last visits to the hospital - nasty side-effects.

The medical team told Clyde that when the biopsy results come back, they expect to see both her cells and mine active in the marrow. I'm not sure what leads them to believe that but it sounds like good news to me and Clyde. If that is the case, the doctors will start adjusting the immonosuppression drugs to try to help my cells get to work on the cancer. I may be over-simplifying the process a bit here but that's generally the program.

The CAT scan Clyde had in the last couple of weeks showed the presence of some cancer in various places. It didn't appear that anything was getting worse but there wasn't significant progress against it either. Cancer, consideer yourself warned. We're coming for you and it's just a matter of time.

Clyde's spirits are high and she's feeling well. She attended a meeting at her office last Tuesday and is getting out of the house a bit. Her appetite is good and she still has plenty of opportunity for rest. At the moment things are going very well.

A big thanks goes out to all of you that took the time to send Clyde a happy birthday wish on the 3rd. She received a lot of wishes and notes on her Facebook page. She called me that afternoon to check in because she was getting birthday wishes from people she didn't know. My faith in the goodness of people was reinforced by all of you that took the time to prop up a person you'll likely never meet. I'll never be able to thank you enough. You are good people.

I'll let you know when we hear about the biopsy results. In the meantime please keep good thoughts. If you want to send Clyde a message, find her on Facebook. Her name is Rae Ellen Packard.

Be well.

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