December 11th, 2003.
I went to see my new, local (San Francisco area) doctor yesterday
to get my checkup. It was pretty much preliminary though, and
there are tests Dr. da Roza will need to run to really dig in
and see if he can find out if my remission is waning. We talked
a little about the history of my NHL and treatments, then he
gave me an exam that was very similar to what my doctor in Michigan
It didn't take long, and afterwards I got my blood drawn for
some testing and they scheduled a CaT scan for me, which I went
to today. As usual, I had to fast for eight hours before and
drink the banana-flavored radioactive milk (barium). Then I
laid on the table in a hospital gown with my feet stuck through
the big, magnetic donut with the laser and did the breathing exercises
on command as the table moved me in and out of it.
At one point, they injected something into the IV, which as
usual, made my groin very warm very suddenly, but it's not uncomfortable
or anything like that. It all went fine, and I was out in about
I've an appointment scheduled with the doctor for next Wednesday.
By then he'll have had a chance to go through my complete medical
history and the latest blood and CT tests. He said he doesn't
know at this point if he'll need another bone marrow biopsy
or not, and I let him know that it's ok with me if he does.
He also said that if it's coming back after me, we'll just go
through treatment again, which will probably be Rituxan and
chemo, and that he expects I'll respond favorably again, just
as I did the last time. No worries.
Meanwhile, I experienced night sweats the last two nights in
a row, and the second night was a little wetter than the first.
My lower back is aching a little more each day, and my energy
levels seem to be dropping slowly, as they have for the past
couple of weeks. I let him know all this, and that it's really
what prompted me to go see him and get it all checked out again.
I'll let you all know what the doc says after I visit him again
next Wednesday. Till then, things are still good here
and I'm getting along fine. Christmas is in a couple weeks and
I expect to be flying home to Detroit for a visit on the 19th,
and returning here to the Bay area on the 29th.