April 25, 2012
Went to Quest for blood work in preparation for my regular physical next week with Leslie.
Went to my dentist, Mark, because I needed to have a dental clearance in order to be able to take the Zometa (zoledronic acid) which is used to help prevent fractures in Myleloma. However, because it is a bisphosphonate, it is also associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw. Therefore, Warren (my hematologist-oncologist) wanted to be sure my jaw/teeth etc. are healthy enough to withstand the Zometa before I was given any. After Mark examined my mouth and my X-Rays, he told me that he’d prefer that I have some work done before I took any of the Zometa. So, this work is scheduled for the week of May 6 and May 13 and my Zometa dose scheduled for 4/30 is being postponed.
This is OK. Things need to be done the right way. As a scientist, I get it.