Thursday, January 12, 2012

Uncharted Territory

I was at the hospital most of the day today. They did my lab work, then it took forever for the pharmacy to get the Rituxan ready. They finally started it about 11:30 AM, and it takes about 4 hours to be infused. My butt was sore from sitting for so long.

My doctor came in and said my labs looked great (platelets are up to 306; normal is 142-362). Johnnie's supercells are working overtime. :o) The doctor said that I am in "uncharted territory" right now. I waited for him to explain, and he said, "Well for one thing, you're alive." I seriously think that he wasn't sure that an old lady like me could make it through all this.

He plans to continue the methotrexate in my spinal fluid for at least another 20 times, and will continue the Rituxan every other week for the foreseeable future. We're hoping that will keep the mantle cell at bay. These doses of chemo are sort of maintenance doses, I guess. He said by the time we finish that regimen, Dr. B will be back from Afghanistan, and we can see what further treatment, if any, is needed. Please send up a prayer for a complete cure if that is God's will. Thank you!

I don't have to go back to the hospital until next Thursday, unless I start feeling really bad or having fever or some kind of problem. That's a relief. Now if I can just get back some energy!

It is cold here in south Texas today. It's probably going to go below freezing tonight. Thankfully it is dry, so no ice.

Sandi will be bringing Mom home this weekend. Mom has been with her since before Thanksgiving, basically. She was home for a week while Sandi attended a conference. They've been in Dallas quite a bit, so Mom has had a chance to get to know her great-grandchildren there. I imagine Mom is ready to come home to her own place, and I know she is ready to see Teddy. He probably thinks that he is part of Kelly's dog pack by now. :o) I'm so blessed to have sweet sisters who are there when I need them. I'm so grateful that Sandi was able to take Mom into her home for this time.

Have a great Friday everyone.


Johnnie Enders said...

I LOVE GOOD NEWS!! You know why we are so Strong? We are stubborn :0)

I love you and wish I was closer! XOXO

Kelly said...

I'm glad to hear that you continue to amaze your doctors. :) Also, good news to hear Dr. B will be coming home soon, I know you will be glad to see him and say to him, "I'm alive!!!"

Teddy has been doing great here with my dogs. He's gained some weight because he has a good appetite from playing so hard with my pack of rough and tumble doggies. I know he's really going to miss them but he'll be overjoyed to see Gran.

You remember how people used to say "Frodo Lives"? Well, we need a t-shirt that says "Kalona Lives!" :)

Love you!

Kalona said...

Johnnie, I was thinking the same thing. Sometimes that stubborn streak really comes in handy. :o) I love you, too!

Kelly, Dr. B won't be home until summer, so it will still be awhile. Keep him in your prayers, please.

Like your t-shirt idea. :o) Love you, too!

Sarah Oldham said...

This news is fantastic!! God is so good! I'm so chuffed to bits for you!!!! I love this so much.

Now I have the right kind of attitude adjustment to roll up my sleeves and finish the cleaning around the house. Something about good news really energizes me!

Have a blessed weekend!

Kalona said...

Thanks, Sarah! I'm glad my good news energized you. Wish I had some of that energy! Hugs.

Linda said...

"Uncharted territory"- *LOVE* it. :)