Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Follow up with Dr. Hema

Yesterday, I had a quarterly follow up visit with Dr. Hema. My blood tests were performed by Dr. Primary's office, so were available to Dr. Hema at my visit.

The two biggest indicators of the effects of lymphoma are IgM and M-spike. For reference, in April, they were 359 and 0.3, respectively. M-spike has been as high as 3.16. In a normal, lymphoma-free person, it is zero.

Yesterday's result was IgM of 284, teetering very close to the normal range of 60-263. That's a very nice improvement from 359 in April!

My M-spike number is 0.28. Now, I don't know if there is any real statistically significant difference between 0.3 and 0.28, but it sure isn't higher. All of this, according to Dr. Hema, indicates that my 90% remission is holding steady. My numbers may be steady, or, at best, very slightly better, but the good news is that they are certainly no worse.

I see Dr. Hema again in three months.

Dr. Hema's parting comment was to go enjoy my life. I intend to follow his orders strictly!


  1. Hey S-P!


    In the words of Spock of Shi'Kahr, Vulcan: "Live long and prosper!"

    =c )


  2. Awesome!!!!

    Lower readings makes everyone happy!!!

    We love you very much!!!

    Meemaw & Hubby