In a feat of typical Rich timing I managed to pick up a cold right before my IViG infusion yesterday when my immune system was at its most compromised. On the plus side the cold seems to be moving pretty fast. The negative? every time I cough it feels like someone is stabbing me in the lower back. Was up almost every hour on the hour last night coughing and then muffling a scream into my pillows. Really wish I had some idea of what in the Hell is going on with my lower back because I have never felt pain like this before.
Oh and it was a damp evening thanks to the night sweats, which I detest. Pretty sure that’s coming from the Velcade portion of the PACE chemotherapy regimen — I used to get that all the time during year one when I was doing weekly Velcade shots.
So yeah, pretty miserable night, but I made it to work. Stoned off my ass on Oxycodone and DayQuil, but here nonetheless.
I met with my oncologist yesterday as well and, thanks to my numbers continuing to improve on this VTD-PACE regimen, we’re doing round four. I also signed the paperwork at that meeting for my collected stem cells to be delivered here from Arizona as that is still the plan (a stem cell transplant) following this fourth cycle of PACE. I’m still concerned about the six week break between the end of round four and the start of the stem cell transplant, but sounds like there’s nothing to be done about it — Dr. Matous wants me as recovered as possible before I walk into the transplant.
Here’s to hoping that my numbers don’t go nuts like they did at the start of the year when I had to take a few months off chemo for that stomach surgery.