I picked up Diane today in the ‘57 and drove to my appointment with the Oncologist. This was a follow up to my last set of x-rays. The Doc had good news. She said the x-rays look good, all the blood numbers are good (as in no change), and the M-Protein number that had increased and prompted the substitute doc (in for my vacationing doc) to send me for x-rays may have been a false alarm due to the fact that the lab that usually tests my blood gives the resulting number only to the tenths as in 1.2, but the lab that tested this time reports to the hundredth, as in 1.29; so, the 1.2 could have been up to 1.24 all along (assuming they round up at .05) making the increase to 1.29 extremely small. That’s the longest sentence I have written in a while, I almost had to rest my arms. The doctor said just keep drinking that Mountain Dew and come back in three months. Okay, that’s not a direct quote. She said to keep doing what ever it is I’m doing and come back in 3 months. If I’m still in your prayers, thank you.
I left work at noon telling the guys I was going to my 3 month cancer check appointment to “spin the wheel.” That’s kind of what it feels like. Today the wheel landed on 1.29. That’s my M-spike, or M-protein number, the main indicator the doctor watches to monitor this cancer. Although my bone marrow biopsy in June had actual good news, today’s 1.29 (up from 1.2 in June, up from 1.0 in March) is not. This prompted the Doc to prescribe another skeletal survey (a full body set of x-rays) to see if there are any bone lesions or tumors under construction. I will go back in two weeks to discuss the x-ray results and the next step, if any. Note to self: Thank God for a wonderful year beyond the Multiple Myeloma diagnoses. If I get more years, thank him for those also.