Go Bone Marrow Go

Yesterday was my regular blood test.  I didn’t expect it, but my hemoglobin climbed again to 11.2 (which is a normal range for men) and my platelets dropped from 242 to 172, but this is my 2nd week from chemo and they always drop after chemo, so it is no big deal (they are still in normal range for men).  So, the chemo is working very well.  Yes, spending 2+ hours 3 days of every 4 weeks is working quite well.  I am happy with the results.

I tentatively only have one more round of this chemo to go.  The March chemo which is on schedule for 2 weeks from this coming Monday.  Hopefully, it will be my last chemo round, but that isn’t likely in the long run outlook.

It does not mean that the chromosomes are fixed, but it means that my body is now making the hemoglobin and platelets necessary for me to keep living.   I may, however, have to be on this chemo for the rest of my life, which sucks, but is doable.  I won’t get upset about that thought until it actually becomes a reality.

Teresa is healthy again.  Still has a slight cough, and her voice sounds off, but she has been going to work all week, and was able to drive me to my labs yesterday and plans on taking me to chemo and the nurse visit that follows the chemo.  I am happy that Teresa is better, she was so sick and miserable for a week+.  Pneumonia is a mean sickness, she handled it well though and didn’t give it to me.

I think Teresa’s new favorite restaurant is the new IHop on the corner of Hickman and Alice’s Road.   It is a really nice place.  The service is always excellent and the food is good too.  Teresa is hooked on their chicken and waffles (LOL, for some reason I find that funny.  I have a few things I go between there, mainly though it is either the turkey dinner or the Cheese steak sandwich with fries or onion rings.  Teresa takes me to IHop every time we are done with blood tests or chemo or doctor appointments.  So, we are going there quite often.  Well, we may not go every time, but often enough that we are recognized by sight, but not quite by name yet.

I am still not sleeping right.   No matter what time I go to bed, I wake up at 4am ish.  I have, however, regained my ability to nap.  Something that I had lost for a while.  So, I get between 4 and 5 hours of sleep a night and 1 and 2 hours during the day.  I am normally in a tired state though.  It is not enough sleep and I have stumped my shrink.  He had me try 3 Restoril and I still woke at 4am.  Per him, I am not getting good REM sleep, and this can do all sorts of things to my mental state.  I have explained to him it is just a cycle and I will snap out of it sooner or later,  A very annoying cycle.

Yes, I am still drooling.

I want to go to the Region and see my mom and brother, and see their new house, but I am not allowed to travel until after the bone marrow biopsy on April 10th, well actually the results of the biopsy, which will be available a few days later.  If it is good news and the chemo fixed my chromosomes. I will make the trip to Chesterton at the end of April.  If the results are not good, then I possibly may never get to go, will never see their house, but at least they will come here so I can see them and they can see me.  🙂

A Gang member passed away a few days ago.  Steve had a heart attack.  Steve and I were not as close as I am to some Gang members, but he was family.  I am saddened by his passing.  I hope Dani (his wife) and their kids are ok.  I’m sure that someone from the Gang reached out to them.   I’m just not in the right mental state to be supportive, but I am sending all the love and good thoughts to All of Steve’s family.

I took a several day break from Skyrim (shocker, I know).  It was needed.  I was getting burn out.  Now, several days later, I am thinking about going back to it.  But I may wait a few more days, make sure that I am not going to totally burn out on it.

Instead, I have been playing Civ 4: Warlords.  I beat my old conquest record by 100 years and 2000 points.  Not sure how I did this, but I did.  I have not been able to come close to beating the game before the year 2000 again.  This is on Settler difficulty, the easiest difficulty.  See, I can beat the game handily on Settler.  But when I moved up 1 notch to Chieften I got my virtual buttocks handed to me.  And there are 4 or 5 levels even harder.  Bah, I play to have fun, so I will stay stomping enemies on Settler difficulty, no need to stress out about a game.

The music and sounds for Civ 4: Warlords suck, so I turned them off.  Don’t need them or want them.  So I play the game in silence.  Starting at 4am ish, in bed next to Teresa, who sleeps right thru it.   I turn the monitor away from her when I start it up because it does a lot of flashes, but once the game starts, it is all mellow and I Can play at night just like I play during the day.

However, I really need a new game.  The next Elder Scrolls game (Skyrim is Elder Scrolls V.) isn’t do out till NEXT year, which is a big bummer.  But Bethesda is releasing a space game sometime this year, so there is hope.   But I really need a new game NOW.  One I can immerse myself into and spend 1000s of hours playing.  Heh, I’m not asking too much, am I?

Well, this blog entry went much longer than I expected it to.  So, I will cut it off here.  I want you all to know I love you all and want nothing  but the best for you.  Peace.

Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 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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