Of medicine and dnd and Mojo

Today was lab work day.  This being my bad week, my hemoglobin was only 12.6 and my platelets were only 183.  Down from 13.2 and 265 respectively 2 weeks ago.  They will go back up over the next 2 weeks.  But its all good wherever it is, I don’t need blood or platelets so I am happy with the numbers.  This chemo, no matter how much I hate it, and no matter how long I am stuck on it is doing real good things for me.  I fully expected to be dead by now.  Heh, I am far from dead, and that is a damn good thing.


Tomorrow I have a video visit with Kristal, Dr. Wehbe’s nurse.  It’s at 2:20 and should take about 5 minutes, maybe 10.  I have no questions for her.  And she is just going to ask how I am feeling, which is good but tired all the time.  Same thing I have said in every appointment that I have had since chemo started.  But since Dr. Wehbe is being so kind as to prescribe the chemo, I will continue to once a month go thru these motions of seeing Kristal or Dr. Wehbe once a month.  They are nice people so it’s all good.


Today I found out that jubal is going to try his hand at DMing on the Gang Gaming Server.  He is planning a one, maybe two shot and that is cool.  So this Friday we play, then we skip a Friday, then we play on Friday if we don’t finish this Friday, which I doubt we will.  Anyhow, jubal said level 7 any race any class, so I made KillinTime the Bugbear Assassin.  He is 8 feet of sneakiness with a mean backstab/surprise attack.  I don’t know if jubal has ever DMed before, but more power to him, I hope he enjoys it.


Then Sunday is my first real playing of Heiliker Krieger or H for short in Jason’s Dungeons and Dragons Eberron game.  Have to come up with a list of stuff he wants the guild master to supply us.  The funny thing is all I can think of is a jar of black paint and a brush.  A little religious graffiti in the mournlands.  It’s all good.  I have no qualms of walking into the land of death and dealing with this guy we are supposed to kill.  H was 50 ft away from the line where the mourning occurred.  Actually he is scared to death, but he won’t admit it.


Then there is Maloon on Tuesday, my Dugeons and Dragons campaign.  I finally sort of introduced a big bad to the party.  She got away though.  She will be back, maybe not next week, but eventually as any good big bad does.  Anyhow, they are level 6 now, opened up some new abilities I think, killed a lot of Gnolls and Giant Gnolls.  Got a ton of xp last session, really work well together as a team.   And everyone seems to get along, so it’s all good there too.  Gonna make next week extra special (I hope to) cuz I promised more fun for the players.


Then on Thursday is the trip to Mayo that I am not looking forward to.  Teresa doesn’t want to drive down the night before, so we are leaving around 4am to get there at 8:20am.  8:20am is when my blood tests are scheduled for.  Then my semi-consciousness goes and has yet another bone marrow biopsy, I think this is number 18 or so.  Lots of holes in my hip bone.  Then there is a pharmacist visit, a nurse visit, and then finally a visit with Dr. Alkhateeb his own self.  I have some serious questions for him, so its good that we will be seeing him and not some other doctor which happens on rare occasions.  Then there is the 4+ hour drive back home.  Teresa can somehow do it, I normally can’t sleep in a car, but these 16 hour days with a bone marrow biopsy involved I somehow manage to.  So hopefully I will catch some sleep going and some sleep coming back.


Oh, I almost forgot to share this, but its a big deal to me.  Dr. Alkhateeb took me off Penicillin and Acyclovir yesterday, today being my first day not taking them.  That I believe takes me off all meds from the transplant.  And makes my med management even easier.  woot.  Also yesterday I found out that I will be getting the MMR vaccine IF I ever come off chemo.  He didn’t say the directly, but said he couldn’t give me the MMR vaccine while having chemo so I took it how I took it.  I want the MMR vaccine because Iowa has had cases of Measles in the last couple of years.  So, anyhow, those were my two medical surprised yesterday that got me excited.


Oh, in other good medical news, my chemo for June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd should be back at the Clive (closer) location.  That is some really good news for me.  15-20 minute drive vs 45 minute drive.   Surface streets vs Freeway.  Yup, color me happy about this too.


Well, I got wordy again when I didn’t think I had much to say.  But I had a lot to share after all and I think I got everything I wanted to.  So, lets see if I can find a good video to share.


Oh yeah, Mojo update.  Mojo had/has a bee sting which caused all the swelling.  Turns out he is allergic to be stings too.  Benadryl and an anti-inflammatory have made him feel and look much better.

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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