Thursday, November 8, 2007

Almost 2 months since transplant: good news!

Tuesday Richie got some excellent news: he is officially in remission. This time it really, really IS official. Three clear bone marrow biopsies sort of equal remission by most criteria in judging cases of multiple myeloma. They have started him on maintenance therapy: Thalidomide/Dex/baby aspirin + Zometa IV once a month. This will continue for the foreseeable future. Since he only needs the IV once a month, they are not installing another port, be it a PICC line or a Hickman.

Richie's energy level is improving big time. He's still not 100% but he's looking at recapturing more of the energy levels he used to have rather than settling for some sort of "new normal." I have told him this is not necessarily so realistic considering I will never get back to anything above a "new normal" level of energy after my bouts with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. He is likely to not ever get back to the 100% mark he was at pre-mm. He might get to 80%, he might get to 90%, heck, he might even get to 95% or better but he will never be the same.

Thanks to everyone for their support.