Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In the treatment room
Dr. Hema was pleased with the report from Dr. Infekto and we are going ahead with rituxan treatment #3 of 4. He expressed admiration for my willingness to go through the post-infusion symptoms in order to get the treatments done. I told him that if that's what I have to do to get to hear the "R" word (remission) from him, then I was going to do whatever I had to do. The final treatment will be scheduled in two weeks, after any symptoms have subsided and I am back to full health. I hope that the symptoms will be alleviated by the medication that both doctors recommend.
This is my home for the next eight or so hours. More news later.
Edit: Some things I put in the blog to document my progress for my own needs; you are very welcome to read it, although it may seem obsessive/compulsive to you, it helps me document my progress.
Dr. Hema showed me my blood test result from today's tests. My hemoglobin reading was 10.9. The first blood test he ever gave me was 9. The normal reading is 14-17, with older men tending towards 14. The improvement from 9 to 10.9, almost 2 points closer to normal, suggests good things are happening under the hood! This is a bit of good news that I am thrilled to hear, however slight it may be. I love good news!