One man's experience with multiple myeloma

Tag: Family Physician

May 7, 2012

Day 3 of no cytotoxics or steroids.

Went to work today.  Good appetite.  All was good.

Met with Leslie for my physical.  While some cholesterol blood numbers were a little out of whack – the HDL was 63 – she is not worried and said that we’ll look at it again in 6 months.  Because my 25(OH)D number was at 97, we agreed that I’d reduce the amount of Vitamin D I take to 5,000 IU every other day.  EKG was good, PSA was good.  If it wasn’t for this damn myeloma, I’d be as healthy as a horse!!

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.