Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Caterpillars-YIKES!

Caterpillars-  YUCK!  I hate them almost as much as centipedes and spiders!  (I'd rather come nose-to-nose with a snake than either of these!)

So, I was on the riding lawn mower on Friday, tearing things up.  Thankfully, Dom flagged me down and told me to stay away from an Azalea bush.  It was loaded with Caterpillars.  They make me cringe!




Years ago, while cutting, I brushed up against one of my blueberry bushes, causing an entire nest of them to drop on my head and shoulders.  I literally cried. I'm embarrassed to say that I grabbed some "industrial strength" insect killer and wiped out those remaining, as well as killed my blueberry bush!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dom's CONFUSING September Numbers.

Just got the call.  His numbers are jumping all over the place.  (My opinion, not the doctor's)

Some background:  For years, his M-SPIKE was ZERO.

Last summer, it jumped up to .3 and stayed there for almost a year. (blood work results)

6 months ago, it jumped up to .6  (blood work results)

3 months ago it was at .8  (blood work results)

At this point, Dr. Safah ordered a Bone Marrow Biopsy.  The reading was only 0.2 and were were all happy about this.

Fast forward to this month:

M-SPIKE 1.0  (blood work)

We have been going to a Slidell oncologist out of convenience, but have an appointment with Dr. Safah at TULANE in December.  I just don't know what to think about this.  The bone marrow biopsy is a more definitive test than blood work.

His LIGHT CHAINS are weird, too.

Normal levels of serum free light chains are:
• Kappa: 3.3–19.4 mg/L
• Lambda: 5.71–26.3 mg/L
• Kappa/lambda ratio: 0.26–1.65

His March numbers were:
*Kappa:  25.67
*Lambda:  28.00
*Ratio:  0.91

September found us at:
*Kappa:  12.8
*Lambda:  0.6
*Ratio:  2.12

I'd be delighted to get some feedback from you guys.  TIA.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Fun Three Weeks at the Beach

Just returned home from PCB yesterday.  Had a ball.

I decided to explore on the way to the condo.  Had read about "Morrison Springs" which is located about 45 miles North of PCB in Ponce De Leon.  Pretty, but not as nice as our Gulf.  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28930-d672192-Reviews-Morrison_Springs-Florida.html



Pal Patricia came in for Labor Day, Hurricane Hermine visited and ruined a lot of holiday plans for visitors.

They have a big 3 day "Gulf Coast Jam" every year.  It was cancelled because of the weather.  The bad storms came Fri, Sat and Sun.  Double Red Beach flags were flying.  NO SWIMMING!

Patricia and I enjoyed the crystal clear water and went to The Firefly one night.
http://fireflypcb.com/






Keith and Lauren came over last week for a couple of days and a night.  We enjoyed beach time and Happy Hour at The Liq across the street.

Although Hermine didn't affect us with storms, (Patricia and I waited for her in a hot tub with no luck)there was quite a tidal surge, and the water became muddy.





On my last night, I got a couple shots of the tide "rolling in".  I'd only seen that once before.



So..... back with my dear Dom for a week or two, then back to the beach!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Multiple Myeloma: Finding Resources and Support

While multiple myeloma can present many challenges, keep in mind that you do not need to cope with this diagnosis on your own. Your friends and family are important sources of strength and support. There are also many local and national support services available to assist you.

Here are some of the different types of resources available to you:

Medical information Your oncologist, other doctors, and nurses are a great source of information about treatment options, pain and side effect management, and other medical concerns. There are also a great number of reputable organizations that provide trusted information on multiple myeloma and related issues (see sidebar). The libraries at cancer centers also stock up-to-date literature on these topics.

Emotional support A multiple myeloma diagnosis can be overwhelming, making you feel sad, scared, or anxious. Individual counseling, face-to-face and online support groups, and patient-to-patient networks are available to help you cope emotionally. Ask your health care team or one of the organizations listed in the sidebar for recommendations. CancerCare provides free counseling and support groups led by professional oncology social workers.

Financial assistance There are many organizations that provide help with medical billing, insurance coverage, and reimbursement issues. There is also financial assistance available to help people who cannot afford the cost of their medications. Good places to start your research are the websites of the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (www.cancerfac.org) and the Partnership for Prescription Assistance(www.pparx.org).

Benefits and entitlements Local and county government agencies can give you information on Social Security, state disability, Medicaid, income maintenance, the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and food stamps. Check your local phone directory for listings.

Transportation help CancerCare's Door to Door program offers grants to help multiple myeloma patients with transportation costs such as gasoline, taxi service, and public transportation fare to and from medical appointments. The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery Program provides transportation to and from cancer centers for patients and their families. Your local and county governments may also offer low-cost transportation for people who qualify. Churches, synagogues, YMCAs, YWCAs, or fraternal orders may also have volunteers who can provide transportation.

Housing/lodging The Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society, the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses (www.nahhh.org), and other organizations provide temporary lodging for families of a patient who needs to travel far from their home for treatment. Joe's House is a nonprofit organization that offers an online database with lodging information near cancer treatment centers across the U.S. To learn more, visit www.joeshouse.org.

Other practical assistance People affected by multiple myeloma may feel overwhelmed by any number of other day-to-day concerns not covered in this fact sheet. Contact CancerCare or any of the other organizations listed in the sidebar to learn about additional recommended resources. To learn more about what is available in your community, you can also contact the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (www.n4a.org) and United Way (www.unitedway.org).

http://www.cancertherapyadvisor.com/fact-sheets/multiple-myeloma-finding-resources-support-treatment/article/518237/

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Global Multiple Myeloma Industry : Insights, Development, Research and Forecast 2016-2020

ResearchMoz presents this most up-to-date research on Global Multiple Myeloma Market 2016-2030.

Multiple Myeloma is a form of blood cancer. Blood cancers, or hematologic cancers, affect the production and function of blood cells.

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Most of these cancers start in the bone marrow where blood is produced. In myeloma, unusually large numbers of abnormal plasma cells gather in bone marrow and stop it from producing an important part of your immune system. Multiple myeloma is a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells. Multiple myeloma is characterized with low blood counts, bone and calcium problems, infections, kidney problems and nervous system symptoms. Usually the age factor is considered as the most prominent factor in multiple myeloma cases.

Multiple myeloma was considered to be a non-treatable disease but hopes have arrived with the approval of Darzalex which was a much awaited product and has shown positive results in the trials. Many other products are in the pipeline and will arrive after some time. Darzalex is an antibody with immense potential and was the first monoclonal antibody approved by the FDA for the treatment of heavily pretreated retreated multiple myeloma. More experiments have started to check out Darzalex in combinations to find out its effectiveness in case of other problems too.

The key factors which are anticipated to drive multiple myeloma market include increased penetration of cancer drugs, increase in ageing population, rising obese population and increase in healthcare expenditure. Some of the significant developments of this industry include upcoming new innovative products in the market, trend of combination therapies, and chance of new players. However, the challenge to be faced ahead is high price and legal regulations.

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Table of Content

1. Blood Cancer: An Introduction
1.1 Symptoms of Blood cancer
1.2 Treatment of Blood Cancer
1.3 Types of Blood Cancer
1.3.1 Leukaemia
1.3.2 Lymphoma

2. Multiple Myeloma
2.1 Characteristics of Multiple Myeloma
2.1.1 Low Blood Counts
2.1.2 Bone and Calcium Problems
2.1.3 Infections
2.1.4 Kidney Problems
2.1.5 Monoclonal Gammopathy
2.1.6 Nervous System Symptoms
2.2 Risk Factors for Multiple Myeloma
2.3 Tests to Find Multiple Myeloma
2.3.1 Laboratory Tests
2.3.2 Imaging Tests
2.4 Treatment of Multiple Myeloma

3. Multiple Myeloma Market Analysis
3.1 Global Blood Cancer Market by Value
3.2 Global Multiple Myeloma Market Forecast by Value
3.3 Global Forefront Treated Patients Forecast
3.4 Global Reverted Treated Patients Forecast

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