mind on Flickr”>Waiting for my bloodtest
On Monday I had my monthly full blood test. Unfortunately I didn’t drink as much water as I should have beforehand, help so I was dehydrated. This meant it took a few pokes before the attendant was able to get enough blood to fill the four test tubes needed for the various tests. I will remember next time for sure.
I looked at my results online today using myehealth, a service in BC which provides free access to my lab results as soon as available.
My cancer levels (igG) have dropped. This is good news. It is always worrying when you begin a new treatment (now Pomalyst after Revlimid and Velcade) whether it will be effective or not, so I’m happy that I’m showing progress.
|Date||Albumin||Beta Globulin 2||Gamma Globulin||igG||igA||igM|
|Reference Range||34.0-53.0||1.8 – 4.8||5.1 – 15.0||6.7 – 15.2||.70 – 4.00||.40 – 2.30|
My Hematology Profile is the Complete Blood Counts test I have every 2 weeks that measures my overall health.
|Reference Range||4.0 – 11.0||135 – 170||150 – 400||2.0 – 8.0|
So, my chemo treatment is working and the side effects have been minimal. I’m continuing to focus on healthy living, positive thinking, and creative self-portraits to help me cope and remain happy.
To recap: I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, a rare blood cancer. It is incurable, but treatable. From February to November 2013, I received Velcade chemo through weekly in-hospital injections as an outpatient. From February 9th 2015, I am on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).
Photos related to my Pomalyst chemo treatment can be viewed in my flickr album.