My last low dose chemo shot was New Years Eve 2015. My Oncologist said to come back in three months for testing. Three months have passed. I went for tests on April 4th and anxiously waited for the results. I also saw my Urologist that same day, my five year and final appointment with him. His office called later to say my PSA (Prostate cancer indicator) was undetectable. I love that word. My three month test results for Multiple Myeloma, although reported mostly in Medical Greek, were finally posted to a web site I access.
This message was included with the report: “The serum protein electrophoresis exhibits a possible monoclonal immunoglobulin band in the gamma region. Serum immunofixation (IFE) for further identification of this band has been reflex ordered.” And this: “A reflex test is a laboratory test performed (and charged for) subsequent to an initially ordered and resulted test. Reflex testing occurs when an initial test result meets pre-determined criteria (e.g., positive or outside normal parameters), and the primary test result is inconclusive without the reflex or follow-up test. It is performed automatically without the intervention of the ordering physician.” That alone does not mean bad news, but it seems a step in that direction. My Oncologist said she would call me if there was anything we need to discuss; so far, no call.
In the meantime, there’s much to do as I remain among the living. I finally connected the computer to the stereo, I continue organizing photos, and I actually think I spotted retirement way out there on the horizon.
This is my second new Radio Control car, a Losi 22T with one of my favorite racing bodies from the old days. For now, this is an indoor turf track only car .
It’s fun to run it with friends at the RC Plus track in Salem, Oregon.
My two year old grandson, Kellen, is learning to drive RC cars with an old RC10T. He’s got tight circles pretty well figured out, and is very familiar with the transmitter’s on/off switch (it’s just fascinating!).
I recently had another great visit with my brother, Loren, in Brookings, Oregon.
The winter project on the Chevy this year was replacing the rear main seal. Check that off the list!
I’m not sure how this will play out, but my scalp has become consumed with “Revenge Of Chemo Hair.”
I meant to include this picture, “taking time to smell the flowers,” with Kellen.