On our Friday date day, while we were sitting at the movies (I highly recommend Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges), my phone rang. I went to the lobby and spoke with Nurse K. who gave a wonderful report. My M-spike number is now 0.55, down from 3.16! Normally, it is zero, so it is certainly trending in the right direction and, if my estimation is correct, pretty quickly. It sure seems like, since Sheriff Fludarabine hit town, that the lymphoma gang is leaving.
Last October, the IgM reading was an alarming 5120 versus a normal range of 60-263. In December, the level had improved to 1520. Today's report is another great improvement to 532. That's still a high number, but shows tremendous improvement!
My hemoglobin is plateaued at 12.9, but is just a tick outside the normal range of 13-17.
Needless to say, we are very happy and very encouraged by these steady improvements that trend towards normal. It seems like an early remission is a real possibility. As my friend N said, in encouragement, "Wait a minute, I think we can lick this thing!"
Thanks for sending me your encouragement, crossing your fingers and toes and for sending your prayers heavenward. It's working!