An update on Mom...after a coupla trips to see an oncologist for funky results in her blood work, about a month ago Mom was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. Her only symptoms of the cancer are fatigue and anemia. For the past month or so she has been going for chemo shots on Thursdays as well as taking oral meds to keep the wacky plasma cells in check and to boost her other blood levels. Mom's side effects from the chemo so far are fatigue on the second and third days after the injection. She should not lose her hair or suffer any other major side effects from treatment. Her last appointment with the oncologist boasted a great report of appropriate levels going up and appropriate levels going down. The recommendation from the oncologist was "Keep doing what you are doing.". Mom's blood work before her chemo this past Thursday showed a normal level of red blood cells so they did not give her one of the shots that day...great news!
The Loyd outlook on all of this: press on regardless. We don't know about stages, phases, prognosis, expectations. We are living in the now, in the today, embracing each day as it comes, rejoicing in good news from the docs. Mom continues to boss Dad around, enjoy visits from her German Baptist friends each day, and indepently care for her daily needs. She is my hero, hands down.
I'll continue to post about Mom's progress through this blog. Feel free to read all the other stuff that goes on in my personal world with which I pollute this blog, some of that stuff is just funny.