August 8th, 2002.
Well, it's been about 2 months since my last update. Nothing much new
has been happening though. I've made a few new toons and otherwise
just pretty much been kicked back and doing nothing.
last couple of weeks, I've been feeling a little worse every day. I'm
kinda aching and fatigued, my head feels full of pressure almost all the
time, though it's not like it's a full-blown head ache really. I get
sweaty sometimes and I've been getting kinda sick to my stomach.
Barfing's no fun. I just feel kinda out of it, I guess. It's
rather difficult to describe well.
I went back to the doc today as scheduled, and he examined me and I told him
how I've been feeling lately. He said my blood looked ok and he
couldn't find any swollen nodes or anything obvious that would indicate the
remission is over yet, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens
next. He said he didn't want to wait two months this time for the next
checkup though, because the symptoms I'm having shouldn't be ignored
entirely, so he wants to see me in a month. I got an appointment for
September 6th at 2: PM to see him again.
explained that it wouldn't do any good to do more biopsies on my bone marrow
or nodes or any of that stuff, because it will just show what we already
know: That I have 4th stage Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
we can do is wait for the major symptoms to return, like swollen nodes,
night sweats and that stuff, and then try to treat me again with anther
attempt at cleaning out the cancerous B cells in my body to return my immune
system back into one that's functioning again for awhile till it comes
around again, and hope it works.
figures the clot in my leg is finally cleared up by now, and that the danger
of more clots developing is small, so I don't have to take the Coumadin
anymore. Now that that's over, he suggests I try to get more exercise,
so I think I'll get a bicycle and start riding again. Maybe that will
help alleviate my other symptoms as well. It couldn't hurt to try.
about to leave for a family reunion, and I'll probably be gone about a week,
so if you email me and I don't answer right away, that's probably why.
I'm hoping to get in a little snorkeling in Lake Michigan while I'm there,
and I'm really looking forward to it!
Well, 'till next time, take care and...