My brother lost his cat and I am going to Mayo again

My brother lost one of his cats while distracted by packing.  Cezar the cat just kind of slip out between his feet (while letting Sam (the dog) out).  Cezar has been gone for two days and if he doesn’t show up by Friday he will be a homeless cat.  Now, Cezar was never a friendly cat to me. But I don’t wish bad things for the cat.  I honestly hope he shows up between now and final move day.  Jim is gonna put out food on the back porch, I really want Cezar to be hungry, eat, and then want in.  Poor cat is gonna be homeless in the cold.


I feel rotten, I did not get enough blood on Monday.  Already feel weak and confused.   That reminds me I need to call for a blood test tomorrow.  Anyhow, I haven’t driven in 3+ months because on the weakness and confusion.  I doubt I will be driving any time soon.  I don’t feel safe to drive, even right after I get blood.  Especially after Monday’s transfusions.


DLI #3 happens on December 6th. So,  the 5th and 6th will be spent at Mayo.  I was gonna say the 5th was gonna be boring, but in reality, the 6th is pretty boring too.  The 5th is a blood test, pharmacist visit, nurse visit, and finally visit with Dr. Alkhateeb. Thankfully we dont have to have to be there till 1pm.  The 6th will be the DLI, which is a little over 4 hours of laying in bed getting fluids and lasic so I pee the fluids out.  At the 2 hour point they take a break from the fluids to pump in the DLI.  Then they resume the fluids.  Not very exciting.  I’m not quite sure what DLI #3 is supposed to do.  #1 fixed my platelets which are 133 right now.  #2 seems to have fixed my white blood cells, which are at 5.35 right now.  Would be nice if DLI #3 put a fix on my hemoglobin, but I am not going to hold my breath.  I have too much still messed up in my chromosomes for the DLI to fix.  So, I hope that it does something for me.


Then 2 weeks after my DLI, I will have yet another Bone Marrow Biopsy.  My poor hip bone looks like swiss cheese.  I believe I have had 18 Bone Marrow Biopsies since 2015.  The last one didn’t hurt, but I think that was just a fluke, cuz normally they ache for like 3 days.  But anyhow, this will just be another in the long line of Bone Marrow Biopsies.


At least we aren’t talking chemo anymore, at least for now.  I really don’t want to do chemo again.  I’ll take DLIs all day long if I can avoid chemo.  At least the chemo I will probably end up on won’t cause hair loss or anything major.   But I just don’t want more chemo.  Unfortunately I promised Teresa that I would do whatever the doctor suggested.  So, I foresee chemo in my future.  BLAH.


Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 49 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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