Thursday, August 22, 2019

And So it Begins!

We went to the Tulane Cancer Center yesterday to visit Dr. Safah.  She recommends that we continue with Darzalex, but add Pomalyst and Dex to the treatment.

https://www.myeloma.org/treatment/current-fda-approved-medications/pomalyst-pomalidomide

We just had a phone call from Celgene's liaison, Kroger.  They're delivering the chemo (pill form) on Friday afternoon.

Daily for 21 days, then 7 days off.

Meeting with Dr. Calabresi in Slidell on Tuesday, and will probably start the Pomalyst on Wed.

As usual, we're extremely hopeful.

Thanks for the kind words and prayers!

Nan and Dom

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Had Another ER Visit

Dom came home from about a week in the hospital on Thursday afternoon.

He basically stayed in bed on Friday and Saturday.

I was certain that he needed another blood transfusion, or his creatine levels were out of wack, so took him to the ER on Sunday morning.

Over 8 hours later, he was sent home.

His blood was good, and his creatine levels were good.

His attending physician, Dr. Mercadel said that the Samonella and the hospital stay last week wiped him out.

Heading to the Tulane Cancer Center in the morning.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Our Patient is Home!



Wow, we had a ROUGH week!

Dom was hospitalized on Friday afternoon.  Slidell Memorial Hospital.  Christine flew in on Saturday afternoon.

We had one scare after another.

They thought that he had contracted C-Diff and had him in isolation for 2 days.  We later found that this can be deadly.  Thankfully, he dodged that bullet!

Dr. Michael Nguyen was the admitting physician.  Very NICE guy who put together a phenomenal "dream team" for our Dom.

(In the past, I've always chosen to be admitted to another Slidell hospital.  Ochsner.  I might have to change preferences!)

All-day, every day, there was a stream of doctors, nurses, and therapists in and out of his room.

Dom had 2 Kidney Specialists, An Infectious Diseases doctor, A Cardiologist, a Neurologist, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists.

Sadly, Dom is not producing his own blood, thus needing transfusions.  He had 2 units transfused during this hospitalization. The kidney doctors had him on Sodium, Potassium, and Electrolytes.

He was diagnosed with Samonella and was treated with 2 different antibiotics.

He was sent home yesterday afternoon with 8 more days of antibiotics, as well as sodium supplements.

We follow up with his Kidney Specialist, Dr. Kovachev in a couple of weeks.  He'll be keeping an eye on Dom's Creatine levels.

Heading to see Dr. Safah at Tulane on Wed.  Dr. Calabresi (Slidell oncologist) the following Tuesday, then Dr. Kovachev later in the week.

It's been a wild ride.  THANK GOD Dom is home.  I had my doubts last Friday.  He was incoherent.  What a scare.

GOD IS GOOD.  Thank you for all of the prayers and phone calls!




Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Simple New Ways to Use Chocolate for End of Summer/Back to School


Dom and I LOVE Chocolate!  The good folks at AMERICAN HERITAGE CHOCOLATE were kind enough to send me samples...Yummy!


As the new school year approaches and summer winds down, many of us are looking for end of season and back to school treats, fun ways to incorporate history lessons into family activities and simply new ways to use one of our favorite ingredients - chocolate.

AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate has a unique place in the history of Mars Wrigley Confectionery and in the hearts and minds of people all over America who appreciate an artisanal, authentic approach to making and celebrating chocolate. Conceived of, and crafted by, a dedicated team of historians, AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate is the result of painstaking years of research by a multidisciplinary team of more than 115 experts from around the globe. Culled from the archives of some of the most venerated historic institutions, libraries and private collections in America, and in consultation with leaders in food history - from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the passionate team has developed a chocolate product with a flavor profile drawn directly from the annals of chocolate’s historic past. It is the perfect choice for all of your home baking needs.

Try some of these AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate treats with your loved ones.

Monticello Historic Chocolate Ice Cream - This gem from the book Dining at Monticello may be the oldest American recipe for chocolate ice cream in print. Guests to Thomas Jefferson’s White House reported our third president enjoyed ending meals with a creamy dish of ice cream.



PREP TIME:25 minutes, TOTAL TIME:2-4 hours, NUMBER OF SERVINGS:6

INGREDIENTS:

8 tablespoons AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate  Finely Grated Chocolate

3 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1 vanilla bean

1 cup sugar

Salt

6 large egg yolks


PREPARATION:

Step 1 - Stir together the milk, cream and vanilla bean in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently.

Step 2 - Add the sugar and a small pinch of salt, stirring until dissolved. Gradually pour in the grated chocolate, stirring constantly, and continue stirring until completely melted.

Step 3 - Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in about 1 cup of the hot chocolate milk and slowly stir the egg yolks back into the simmering liquid.

Step 4 - Cook, stirring constantly, until the custard is thickened enough to coat the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat and stir until slightly cooled, about 5 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean (it can be rinsed, dried and re-used).

Step 5 - Freeze in an ice-cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions until set but still a little soft. Scoop into a 3-quart mold, or several smaller molds, running the spatula through the ice cream and tapping the mold firmly to remove any air bubbles. Fill the molds completely. Cover and freeze until set, about 2 to 4 hours. The ice cream may also be set without molding it: scoop it into a freezer-safe container and freeze until set.

Step 6 - To serve molded ice cream, dip the mold briefly in hot water, or wrap briefly in a towel heated in a clothes dryer. Run a knife around the top edge to loosen the ice cream from the mold. Invert the mold over a serving dish and gently lift the mold from the ice cream.

Step 7 - If not molded, serve in small scoops.


Chocolate Banana Nut Bread - Whether you like banana bread for breakfast, lunch, or dinner our recipe for Chocolate Banana Nut Bread will spice up your day no matter when you enjoy it! We use AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate to not only add chocolatey twist to your favorite Banana Bread recipe, but, thanks to our unique flavor profile, you’ll taste many historic spices including cinnamon, orange peel, chili pepper, and more!

Back when the Great Depression was affecting families across the county, no one could afford to throw out any scrap of food – bananas included! Around the same time, companies made baking powder and baking soda readily available on a mass production basis. Cookbook writers combined a thrifty mindset with readily available baking ingredients to create banana bread. Previously discarded rotten bananas were now a mainstay on tables around the country!



PREP TIME: about 20 minutes

COOK TIME: 45-50 minutes

TOTAL TIME: about 2 hours

NUMBER OF SERVINGS: Makes two 9-inch by 5-inch loaves



INGREDIENTS:

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus additional for pans

1½ cups all-purpose flour

1⅓  cups AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate  Finely Grated Chocolate

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon coarse salt

6 large bananas, very ripe

¾ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup pecans, roughly chopped



PREPARATION:

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the center position. Brush two standard 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pans with butter and line with parchment paper, allowing the paper to overhang the long sides by about 2 inches. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, American Heritage Finely Grated Dark Chocolate, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Step 2 - In a large bowl, mash together 4 bananas and sugar until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, stir in eggs, vanilla and applesauce until combined. Stir in flour mixture to create a smooth batter. Gently fold in pecans.

Step 3 - Divide batter evenly into prepared pans. Slice remaining bananas in half lengthwise and arrange on surface of batter. Bake loaves until they are firm to the touch and a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for 30 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or freeze up to 1 month.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Dom is Slowly Improving! No C-Diff, but Salmonella.

When Christine and I arrived at 11 am, the Occupational Therapist had him out of bed and sitting in a chair.

He's no longer in ISOLATION.  He tested NEGATIVE for C-Diff!

The Physical Therapy guys were outside his room, ready to pounce on him.  I told them to "Give him Hell".  They were delighted. 

They WANTED to walk him, but after laying on his back for 5 days, his blood pressure was too low.  They'd test it sitting up.  LOW.  Test it standing up.  LOWER.  They're going to try to get him walking tomorrow.

Dom asked to go back to bed and we all said, "NO!".  He ended up sitting in that chair for more than 2 hours.

Our Slidell Oncologist came in.  Told us that he was SO HAPPY that Dom didn't have C-Diff.  He's lost TWO PATIENTS from that!  He said that he wants to get Dom STRONG before he gets out of the hospital.  His blood counts are dropping, so I'm guessing that he'll need another blood transfusion soon.

Then Dr. Koachev, partner of Dom's Kidney specialist, came in.  He spent almost 30 minutes with us.  Explained that Dom was limited to 2 liters of liquids per day.  Getting IVs of Sodium, Potassium and Electrolytes for his kidneys.  Also told us that his Creatine had jumped from 2.5 yesterday to 3.5 this morning.

Dom's collar bone started killing him, so they put him back in bed with a percocet.  When he started getting dopey, we left.

Did a little shopping, had a late lunch and came home.

Dom called.  The Infectious Diseases Dr. made an appearance.  She said, "You told me that you had Salmonella once.  Well, you've got it again!  No more runny egg yolks!".

She then went on to say that his Creatine number dropped from this morning's 3.5.

Feeling hopeful, gang!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

New Action With Dom- Blood Transfusions and a Hospital Stay

Hey gang!

It's been pretty rough around here. 

On Wed. the 29th, he needed 2 units of blood in a transfusion.  His body has quit producing blood.  Either the myeloma cells or something else going on in his bone marrow.  To be determined.

After a few days, he felt like a new man.

THEN...This past week, he couldn't get out of bed on Wed. or Thursday.  Weak.  Nauseous.  Diarrhea kicked in Friday morning.

His Oncologist had me take him to the ER at Slidell Memorial Hospital on Friday.

They admitted him that afternoon.  He needed yet ANOTHER unit of blood.  He needed Potassium and Electrolytes.

I came in on Sat. morning to find out that they were moving him to the Cardiac Step-Down unit.  They found an enzyme in his blood that could affect the heart.
They wanted to keep an eye on him.

Now he's in ISOLATION in the Cardiac Unit.  Gowns, gloves and masks worn by everybody.

He's got quite the team of specialists.  I met a Kidney Specialist this morning.  He explained that Creatine should be a 1.  Dom is a 2.5   Dialysis is needed at 5.  He ordered an ultrasound of his kidneys and bladder.

Then an Infectious Diseases doctor came in.  She said that he has some type of bacteria in his blood.  She's THINKING E Coli.  They're also testing him for C-Diff.  Bacterial infection in his colon.  Pretty creepy stuff. 

https://www.medicinenet.com/is_c_diff_clostridium_difficile_contagious/article.htm

He's got a Neurologist on the team.  Trying to deal with his Neuropathy.

Also a doctor of Internal Medicine.  She ordered Occupational and Physical Therapy.  "Use it or lose it, Mr. Manzo".  I told the PT to work him hard!

Sooo...  our daughter flew in this afternoon.  When she showed up at the hospital, I left.  She'll be a great help!  I'm tickled that she's here.

I was sobbing yesterday.  He was almost incoherent.  No tears today, just smiles.  I like the new team of doctors!  I'm impressed with this hospital, too!

They need to keep an eye on a few things, but he was very engaging today!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Reveal- MANGO GUAVA!

Hi gang-

On these hot summer days, Sparkling Ice really hits the spot.

We LOVE the new "Mystery Flavor".  YUMMY!


After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice is excited to reveal the flavor of its limited-edition Mystery Flavor - MANGO GUAVA!




Sparkling Ice officially announced that the tropical flavor over 403.2K people have submitted guesses for as part of the #WhatTheFlavorSweeps contest. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a 7-day Caribbean Cruise from Holland America, with over 500 additional winners receiving fun tropical prizes perfect for summer.

The Mystery Flavor will be available for a limited time at local grocery stores while supplies last.

Friday, August 2, 2019

INTRODUCING WONDER MELON™, THE NEWEST IN TREND-FORWARD HEALTHY BEVERAGES

KAYCO RIDES THE WATERMELON WAVE

Delicious, Organic Drink Delivers Powerful Hydration in Two Refreshing Varieties: Spicy Watermelon Lemon Cayenne & Cool Watermelon Cucumber Basil

USDA Organic
OU Kosher
non-GMO Verified
Certified Fair Trade


Bayonne, NJ, AUG 1, 2019 – The consumers have spoken. Watermelon, one of today’s fastest-trending fruits, has enjoyed triple-digit growth in casual and fine dining. Demand for the refreshing summer staple is on the rise even in the fall and winter months. It’s a must for any mixologist and you’ll find it on one in 10 restaurant menus.

Most of all, people just love watermelon – and they know it’s good for them.

KAYCO (www.kayco.com) is taking the beverage industry by storm with Wonder Melon™, the latest thirst-quencher for those seeking clean, uniquely flavorful new refreshment options. Wonder Melon™ is made from 100% organic cold-pressed juice with no added sugar, artificial ingredients, or artificial colorings.

This healthy game-changer comes in two exciting varieties. Watermelon Cucumber Basil is a delightfully cool concoction of real watermelon juice, lemon juice, apple juice, cucumber juice, and basil, with only 80 calories per 8.45 oz. bottle. Watermelon Lemon Cayenne wakes up the taste buds with real watermelon juice, lemon juice, apple juice, and a dash of cayenne at just 100 calories per 8.45 oz. bottle.

“Wonder Melon™ perfectly captures what consumers are looking for right now,” says Kim Cassar, Kayco’s EVP Sales & Marketing – Beyond Division.  “It’s not only healthful and out of the ordinary, but also undeniably trendy and irresistibly delicious. We’re confident that Wonder Melon™ will make a huge splash this summer.”

Both varieties are non-GMO verified, certified Fair Trade, USDA organic, and certified OU kosher (parve). Packaged 6 bottles per case ($3.99/bottle MSRP), Wonder Melon™ is available in the refrigerator section at Shop-Rite, Fairway, Best Market, independent grocers and Amazon.

Wonderful Watermelon Facts

Watermelon’s 92% water content is excellent for hydration. It contains a bounty of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals associated with the following:

Digestive health
Eye, skin, and hair health
Sun protection
Diabetes protection
Heart and blood vessel health
Weight loss
Combating asthma
Weight loss
Nerve function
Reduction of inflammation


This is some YUMMY STUFF, gang!  Here are a couple of my favorite drinks:

Pineapple Punch

2 oz pineapple infused vodka

1.5 oz Wonder Melon™ with Juice, Watermelon, lemon, and cayenne

Splash simple syrup

.5 oz pineapple juice

.5 oz peach schnapps


Summer Refresher 

2 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. Watermelon juice

1/4 oz. Simple syrup

1 oz. Lemon juice

1 oz. Wonder Melon™ with Juice, Watermelon, Cucumber and Basil

Sugar rim

Kayco is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kosher foods. Its expanded Kayco Beyond Division sources and distributes new products to the general market beyond kosher, to meet the demands of consumers looking for optional products that are healthful, convenient and/or for restricted diets and lifestyles. These brands include Dorot, Absolutely Gluten Free, Beetology, Mighty Sesame, Tuscanini Foods, Wissotzky Tea Co. and new Wonder Melon™. They are headquartered in Bayonne, NJ. (www.KAYCO.com).


Thursday, August 1, 2019

One Thing After Another Here

Well, his 8 years of complete remission spoiled us.  The last 2 years have been chaotic!

Dom finished up his 5 days of radiation on his broken collarbone and ribs.  We went in to see our Slidell oncologist on Monday.  He did blood work and made us an appointment with Dr. Safah at the Tulane Cancer Center in 3 weeks.

We were tickled!  Three weeks off!  YAY!

Not so fast...the phone rang around noon on Tuesday.  "Dominic needs 2 units of blood!  Come in today to be matched, then go to the hospital for a Transfusion on Wed".

We drove into Slidell.  (100 miles round-trip).  They did their blood thing and scheduled us for a transfusion at 8:30 the next morning.

Back to Slidell.  SOMEONE told us that it would be about 2 hours.

They were sadly mistaken.  We were at Slidell Memorial Hospital for 7 1/2 hours!  What a long day.

We were hoping that he would perk up today, but that's not the case.  He's exhausted.

So, that's what's new here.

Going to Tulane Cancer Center in NOLA on the 21st.  We're afraid to answer the phone!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Darzalex isn't Working- Dom has a Broken Collar Bone

Hi gang-  it's been pretty rough around here.  After 7 Darzalex infusions, they had to stop so that he could get radiation on his hip and both rib cages.

We LOVE his Radiology Oncologist, Dr. M.  This guy actually called Dom personally the other day and talked for about 15 minutes.  We've only had 2 other doctors do that.

The last time that we spoke to him, I said "Doc!  When he was diagnosed 10 years ago, it was a breeze.  Thalidomide, total body radiation and a stem cell transplant.  He was in complete remission for 8 years!"

Dr. M. said, "Dom-  you beat the odds, man.  You're 10 years older.  The cancer and the treatment are kicking your ass."

Sure enough.  Saturday morning he couldn't lift his left arm.  Horrible pain.  He stayed in bed the entire weekend.  We called Dr. M on Monday.  He ordered a CT Scan for Tuesday.

He called Tuesday afternoon to say that the Darzalex wasn't working and the cancer caused a BROKEN Collar Bone!

Dom was measured for radiation yesterday and had his first of 5 radiation treatments today.  He'll finish up on Wed.

Then they have to figure out what to do for him.  He had originally told them "NO MORE CHEMO".  Thus the Immunotherapy Darzalex.  We were SO hopeful.

I guess that they'll try chemo again.  Dom doesn't want to end up back in a wheelchair, as it is, he's walking with 2 canes.

So, gang-  If you can find it in your heart, please say a prayer.

Friday, July 12, 2019

THE SECRET TO MAKING THE PERFECT ICED COFFEE? IT’S IN THE BAG

Hi gang!

I just returned home from a trip to Panama City Beach, and was surprised to find samples waiting for me.

As it's pushing 100 degrees here, the timing couldn't have been any better.

I'm HOOKED on this stuff!

Insanely Delicious And 100% Foolproof, The Classic Summer Beverage Starts With Steeped Coffee’s Innovative Single-Serve Coffee Packs



[Santa Cruz, CA JULY 8, 2019] – When the summer heats up, coffee lovers crave something a little less steamy and a little more refreshing. Iced coffee fits the bill perfectly. For some, that means driving to the nearest chain, dropping a bundle, and leaving quality to chance.

But you can save time and money – and the planet – on a superior brew by making it at home, exactly the way you like it.

The award-winning coffee experts at Steeped Coffee have some tips on preparing the perfect iced coffee. Their simple method requires no gadgets, no expensive equipment, no mystery instant powders, and no wasteful pods. With a pack of single-serve Steeped Coffee, a great-tasting and sustainable glass of cold summer happiness is just a few minutes away.

Steeped, Inc. is all about coffee without compromise. Their proprietary single-serve brewing method features Steeped Coffee Bags (think tea bags engineered for coffee) to deliver the best ethically-sourced and locally roasted specialty coffee, one delicious cup at a time. Nitro-sealed to preserve freshness, Steeped Packs are made with renewable and compostable materials.

According to the team at Steeped, the secret to a classic iced coffee is a well-crafted ‘coffee concentrate’. A good concentrate is also the basis for many other refreshing coffee drinks we associate with summer sipping.

First, we’ll cover the recipe for Steeped Coffee Concentrate, and then we’ll dive into all the different variations of iced coffee you can create using that concentrate.

How to make Steeped Coffee Concentrate

For each serving, you’ll need

1 Steeped Coffee Pack
10 oz. mug
Filtered water
Directions:

Heat filtered water to 205 degrees, or just below boiling

Place a Steeped Bag at the bottom of a standard 10oz mug

Pour hot water over the Steeped Bag until the mug is half full

Dip and dunk Steeped Bag 20 to 30 times over 1 minute

Leave the Steeped Bag in, and let steep for 5 to 7 minutes or more to taste

Remove Steeped Bag. Your Steeped Coffee Concentrate is now ready for one of our 7 recipes below.


Pro Tips

To serve guests, make several batches of Steeped Concentrate in multiple cups. You can always store Steeped Concentrate in the fridge for later.
Freeze Steeped Coffee Concentrate in ice cube trays. Use coffee cubes instead of regular ice cubes to avoid diluting your beverage.
Everyone knows the best way to enjoy iced coffee is through a straw. Be kind to the environment – buy reusable, dishwasher-safe metal straws!

STEEPED ICED COFFEE

For each serving, you’ll need

1 serving of Steeped Coffee Concentrate (see above)
A tall glass
Ice
Optional: sugar and creamer or dairy substitute such as oat milk

Directions:

Fill the glass to the top with ice
Slowly pour the Steeped Coffee Concentrate into the glass

Optional: top off with your favorite sweetener, creamer or dairy substitute to taste. Stir and enjoy.

STEEPED ICED MOCHA

You’ll need

1 serving of Steeped Coffee Concentrate (see above)
A tall glass
Good quality chocolate syrup
Ice
Cream or preferred dairy substitute
Whipped cream
Directions

Pour the Steeped Coffee Concentrate into the glass
Stir in chocolate syrup and milk or dairy substitute, leaving space for ice
Add ice to the glass until full and stir
Top with whipped cream to taste

 STEEPED SPIKED ICED COFFEE

You’ll need

A tall glass
1 serving of Steeped Coffee Concentrate (see above)
Liqueur of your choice: hazelnut, orange, Irish cream, amaretto, etc.
Ice
Sweetener or creamer (optional)
Directions

Fill the glass to the top with ice
Slowly pour the Steeped Coffee Concentrate into the glass
Stir in 1 shot of liqueur
Sweeten and top with creamer to taste.
Stir and enjoy

About Steeped Coffee


Steeped, Inc., based in Santa Cruz, California, is a B-Corp (Benefit Corporation) focused on every detail from farm-to-cup and beyond, to bring people the most convenient, quality, ethically sourced, and sustainably packaged products available. Steeped Coffee provides a single-serve method that combines convenience and quality all within Guilt-Free Packaging. The proprietary Steeped Brewing Method delivers 100% freshly roasted, precision ground, and nitro sealed specialty coffee pre-portioned within Steeped Full Immersion Filters. Steeped Coffee is the simplest way to make a perfect cup of coffee, with no machine needed, just add water. Steeped, Inc. offers its brewing method to Licensed Partners around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.steepedcoffee.com. For business inquiries, contact sales@steepedcoffee.com.



Thursday, June 20, 2019

We Had Quite the Morning

Hi there, gang.

We had quite the morning.  We saw Dr. Mannina the Radiology Oncologist at 8:30.

He informed us that Dom had broken ribs on the right, new lesions on the left, and a large lesion on his right hip.

A year or so ago was when Dom had a Plasmacytoma on his right hip.  That's when he fell out of an 8-year complete remission.

So, here's the plan:

We go in Tuesday afternoon to get measured for a contraption that will hold Dom's arms over his head.

He'll get about 30-minute sessions when they're ready to get started.  Dr. Mannina is going to blast the hip, and "graze" both sides of his ribcage so as not to affect any internal organs.

He sent us downstairs for Dom's 8th Darzalex infusion.

When we arrived at the infusion center, the gang had Dom all set up in his favorite "corner office".  A lot of room and not sitting on top of anybody.

The volunteer already had our Diet Cokes, candy bar, pillow and blanket waiting for him.  This guy, Richard is a DOLL.  His wife is currently getting treatment for Breast Cancer, so he knows all too much about the ups and downs of treatment.

Our nurse cleaned his port and started the steroid infusion.

Brian, our favorite nurse from Dr. Calabresi office next door came running in...  "STOP  STOP!".

After consulting each other, the 2 doctors didn't want any Darzalex in his system for next week.

Sooooo...  Fitting on Tuesday, then 10 Radiation Treatments, THEN back on the Darzalex.

As you guys all know, the Radiation works wonders for pain, so we're happy to get started.

ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER.  *groaning*

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Dom's in a LOT of Pain

He had a full body bone-scan done a couple of weeks ago.  Images below are showing his "hot-spots".  Breaks, cracks or lesions.  It's showing the bones attempting to regenerate.

The first image below is untouched:


On this image I circled his "hot-spots":


We think that all of these broken ribs are a result of the 10 radiation blasts on his C-3 Disc.  They caused his throat to close up.  THEN the coughing began.

His ribs were already weak from lesions, and the coughing snapped them.

They did an MRI on his right hip after consulting an Orthopedic Surgeon.  The guy wasn't concerned that this would cause Dom to fall, as the hot-spot isn't in the socket of his hip.

We're guessing that it's a new lesion.

This goes on and on and on!  My guy is a "Hurtin' Little Cowboy", I'm afraid!

Friday, May 24, 2019

RUB IT IN: MAKE THE MOST OF SUMMER FLAVORS WITH MEAT RUBS

BBQ Season is upon us!  We're really looking forward to breaking out these meat rubs this weekend.

We LOVE Pereg products!

Exotic Spice Blends Give An Irresistible Middle Eastern Accent To Chops, Ribs, Chicken, Fish, Even Veggies

Koobah
Shawarma
Kabab
Ras el Hanout

Clifton, NJ, MAY 21,  2019 – What is it about Middle Eastern cuisine that’s so flavorfully satisfying? From Turkish kabobs and Iraqui kibbeh to Israeli shawarma and Moroccan tagines, something magical happens when fresh ingredients and hearty seasonings meet over an open flame.

Enter the meat rub, the essential secret of every Middle Eastern pantry.

Closer to home, it’s well-known that a good rub is a grill chef’s best friend. Rubs seal in flavor, form a tasty crust, add color, and have a long shelf life. They’re also easy to use. No need for marinades because rubs do all the work. Best of all, they impart an addictive flavor to everything they touch.

But the term “meat rub” is a bit of a misnomer, say the spice experts at Pereg Natural Foods. Classic blends like ras el hanout and koobah partner as beautifully with fish and vegetables as they do with steaks and briskets.

In the Middle East, families hand down their secret spice blends from generation to generation. That’s why there are as many variations of rubs as there are households!

But you don’t have to be an heir to access the traditional ingredients and proportions behind these exotic mixtures. Pereg scours the world for fresh, natural, 100% pure spices, bringing more than 100 years of expertise and quality to the table.




Get to know some of these Middle Eastern-style secrets when the grill heats up.

 Koobah

Pereg’s Koobah starts with baharat, a ubiquitous Israeli and Mediterranean staple, and then adds warm layers of cinnamon, allspice, rose, nutmeg, and cardamom for a complex finish. It makes an excellent dry rub for grilled or roast lamb, salmon, and chicken. It’s also delicious when sprinkled into burgers, mixed with hummus, or tossed onto vegetables (particularly corn on the cob and eggplant) before roasting.

Kabab

It wouldn’t be shish kabab without kabab seasoning. Douse cubes of chicken, beef, or lamb liberally with Pereg’s hearty mash-up (paprika, black pepper, coriander, garlic, and cumin) and thread on skewers with vegetables of your choice. Grill over medium heat until fully cooked. Serve on warm pita bread – also prepared on the grill – with tahini and a side of cucumber salad for an authentic version of Israeli street food.

Shawarma

Another food truck favorite, shawarma is easy to make with Pereg’s perfect mixture of cumin, coriander, allspice, garlic, paprika, turmeric, and salt. Simply rub Shawarma spice blend onto thin slices of chicken, beef, lamb, or turkey. Toss meat into a zipper top bag with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and red onion. Marinate overnight and grill. Serve on warm pita and plenty of garnishes: tahini, pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cilantro...

Ras el Hanout

Traditional recipes for this Moroccan seasoning call for up to100 ingredients!  You could make your own, or turn to Pereg’s intriguing blend of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, allspice, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, and more. Ras el hanout brings aromatic warmth, a hint of sweetness, and complexity to anything from burgers to brisket. A key component of soups, stews, and tagines, it can also be used a table-top condiment. Sprinkle it on vegetable dishes or even over popcorn for a punch of flavor.

ABOUT PEREG - Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.

Today Pereg produces an array of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on their website, www.pereg-gourmet.com.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend is Upon us!

Man, the time has really flown!  I can't believe that it's almost June.

Dom continues to do well with his Darzalex infusions and we're extremely hopeful. 

We're going in for #4 on Thursday, then have NOTHING to do until Tuesday's blood work!

YIPPEE!!!!

Looking forward to a long lazy weekend. We're looking at the mid-nineties all weekend!  These will cool us down- 

The good folks at Sparkling Ice sent me samples, and we're going to experiment with these recipes:


Peach Sangria



INGREDIENTS
1 peach, sliced
½ orange, sliced
¾ cup peach brandy
1 bottle white wine, chilled
4 cups Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade

DIRECTIONS
Place peaches, oranges, cranberries and brandy in a pitcher then lightly muddle. Add wine and Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with a peach slice.


Spiced Sparkling Sangria


INGREDIENTS
1/2 Apple, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1/2 pear, sliced
Cranberries
Cinnamon Stick
1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup Brandy
1 cup Sparkling Ice Orange Mango

DIRECTIONS
Cut fruit into equal sizes and place in pitcher with the cinnamon stick. Pour in the bottle of wine, bourbon, and Sparkling Ice Orange Mango over fruit. Gently stir to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours, up to 2 days. Serve cold over ice.

Sparkling Pimm's Punch



INGREDIENTS
1 blood orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
2 cucumbers, sliced
1 lb whole strawberries
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
One 750-ml bottle Pimm's No. 1
1 cup gin
4 1/2 cups Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade

DIRECTIONS
In a large punch bowl, combine the blood oranges, lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, and half of the mint. Pour in the Pimm's, gin, and Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade, stir until combined.
Fill glasses with ice and ladle in the punch, garnish with the remaining mint and serve.


Tropical Flower Punch



INGREDIENTS
1 cup of coconut rum
1 cup of mango juice
2 cups of orange juice
¼ cup of grenadine
2 cups Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple
Edible flowers, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
In a large punch bowl, combine the coconut rum, mango juice, grenadine, Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple and stir. Fill glasses with ice and ladle in the punch, garnish with edible flowers serve.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Dom's Progress with Darzalex

We went to the Slidell Cancer Center for Dom's 2nd Darzalex infusion on Thursday.

First, they gave him Tylenol and drips of Steroids, Pepsid and Benedryl.

Then they brought out the bag of Darzalex.  It broke open!  (Which contaminated it).  There was no more Darzalex in the building.  They would have had to drive an hour round-trip to get some, but it was already 11 am.  That would have kept us there very late.

So, they apologized and asked us to return on Friday morning. 

I'm happy to say that the Darzalex infusion was cut down to only 4 hours!  We were at the Cancer Center for a total of 6 hours!  We were tickled, as the week before was a 10 1/2 hour visit.  During the infusion, the pharmacist stopped by.  He checked his latest shipment of bags and found 4 or 5 defective bags.  His new policy is to check the bags before mixing up the medicine.

Once again, Dom had NO ADVERSE reactions!  We're extremely hopeful and feeling positive!

He's doing just great!


Friday, May 3, 2019

The Essential Oils Diet: Lose Weight and Transform Your Health with the Power of Essential Oils and Bioactive Foods


We've been on a health kick lately.  Moreso now after Dom's cancer returned.

I was so happy to receive this book from the publisher!

I hear more and more about Essential Oils and have been curious.  This book SOLD ME!

I also have a new "go-to" website!  This site is FULL of info.

https://naturallivingfamily.com/



Lose Weight and Transform Your Health With the Power of Bioactive Foods

The runaway success of The Healing Power of Essential Oils showed that there is a growing interest in using essential oils to heal the body. Now, in THE ESSENTIAL OILS DIET: Lose Weight and Transform Your Health with the Power of Essential Oils and Bioactive Foods, Dr. Eric Zielinski teams up with Sabrina Ann Zielinski (“Mama Z”) to teach readers how bioactive plant compounds--those found in essential oils and in foods like matcha green tea, chia seeds, almonds, and avocados--can aid in weight loss, boost energy levels, and trigger the body's natural immune defenses to fight chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and autoimmunity.

Essential Oils, effectively used, are as important to your everyday success in life as peace of mind and human connection.
                           – Dr. Eric Zielinski (Dr. Z)

The Essential Oils Diet

The Essential Oils Diet features a sensible, evidence-based, two-phase program—first, the 30-day essential fast track, which helps you banish excess pounds quickly, followed by the essential lifestyle, a gentle, practical maintenance program you can follow for life. Featuring delicious, easy recipes, meal plans, and strategies to keep you on track, you’ll learn how to harness essential oils and bioactive foods to help your body reach the homeostasis necessary to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and abundant health.

The book will arrive on bookstore shelves in the U.S. and abroad on May 7, 2019.

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
                           – World Health Organization


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
The author of the National Bestseller, The Healing Power of Essential Oils, Dr. Eric Zielinski has pioneered natural living and Biblical health education since 2003. Knowing what it’s like to be sick from a young age and having recovered from several chronic diseases in his early 20s, he has been on a mission to share the evidence-based approach to natural living that empowered him to regain control of his health with the world. Trained as an aromatherapist, public health researcher and chiropractor, Dr. Z is an accomplished researcher with several publications and conference proceedings.

Sabrina Ann Zielinski is a home birth mom of four and a natural health guru. The mastermind behind the allergy-friendly food recipes & DIY remedies featured on their website, she’s known as “Mama Z” to many mamas who are looking for natural ways to take care of their families. As a certified group fitness instructor, health coach and beauty pageant trainer Sabrina’s vast background in natural living has helped her empower thousands of women to reach their true potential in Christ.Dr. Z & Mama Z started their online ministry in 2014 with DrEricZ.com to help people learn how to use natural remedies, like essential oils, safely and effectively. Now, with more 6 million visitors every year, it has rapidly become the #1 source for Biblical Health and non-branded essential oils education online.

The Zs live in Atlanta with their four children.

I'm making this tomorrow!  We LOVE quinoa!

Reprinted from THE ESSENTIAL OILS DIET: Lose Weight and Transform Your Health with the
Power of Essential Oils and Bioactive Foods © 2019 by DrEricZ.com LLC. Published by Harmony,
an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Garden-Fresh Quinoa Salad

Prep:  20 minutes       Chill:  2 hours        Serves 6-8

*1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
*1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and
drained
*1 large ripe tomato, sliced
*1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced
cucumbers
*1⁄2 cup sliced green onions, or
2 tablespoons dried onion
*2 medium garlic cloves, pressed
*1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
*2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or
mint leaves
*1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
*1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
*1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground white
pepper
*1 teaspoon freshly ground pink
Himalayan salt or sea salt
*2 drops lemon essential oil
*2 drops parsley essential oil
*Fresh mint leaves, for garnish


Combine the quinoa, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, garlic, parsley, basil,olive oil,lemon juice,white pepper,Himalayan salt, and essential
oils in a large bowl, and gently mix. Garnish with mint leaves.

Chill 2 hours and serve.

Pre-Order Your Copy Here!


An Update on Our Patient

Hey, gang.  It's been rough, but we're finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

He went through 10 radiation treatments on his C-3 Vertebrae. As warned, his throat closed up.  He couldn't eat for a couple of days.  Meanwhile, he was coughing and cracked or broke a couple of ribs.

Poor Dom stayed in bed for 2 days.

He's feeling MUCH better, thank God!

Yesterday was his first Darzalex infusion.  Talk about a LONG DAY.  We were at the Cancer Center for over 10 hours.  Plus a couple of hours driving.  *whew!* 

I'm happy to say that his care team was delighted.  He had NO SIDE EFFECTS.   The next infusions will be quicker starting next Thursday.  

He's up and about today and feeling GREAT!

Thank you for your continued prayers and good wishes.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

An Exciting Development Where I Volunteer... The Crossroads Food Pantry

I volunteer at a local food pantry.  I really enjoy it.  It's very fulfilling to "give back".  And I work with a GREAT GANG of folks. 

We were tickled to receive a $5,000.00 check from Coast Electric!

ADDITIONAL FUNDS: Representatives of Coast Electric Power Association and Crossroads Food Pantry pose with a check presented to the pantry by the power company. The funds for the grant were collected from the power company’s members by rolling their bills up to the next dollar. Photo By Jeremy Pittari

CEPA donates to food pantry, others

Several donations have been made to local organizations by Coast Electric Power Association due to the company’s Operation Round Up program.

Thursday, representatives with CEPA went to the Crossroads Food Pantry on Highway 43 North to present the volunteers there with a check for $5,000. That money will be used by the organization to fund food donations to more than 60 households through February of 2020, said Sharon Bonnecarre, Crossroads Food Pantry director.

The pantry provides a box of food items, that range from canned, dried and frozen meats, to less fortunate families in Pearl River County through the help of about 20 rotating volunteers. Bonnecarre said that some of the volunteers also receive assistance from the Food Pantry. Some of the volunteers provide services such as lawn care, fresh eggs and one volunteer recently started a garden that will provide produce.

“It’s a really awesome ministry here,” Bonnecarre said.

CEPA Director of Communications April Lollar said that more than $71,000 was donated to various programs and charities in Pearl River County, Hancock County and Harrison County. In addition to the grant to Crossroads Food Pantry, donations were also made to Manna Ministries ($5,000) and the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department ($8,000) within Pearl River County. Donations to the following organizations benefit all three counties; Teen Challenge ($5,000), United Service Organization ($8,000), Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi ($5,500), Whisper of Hope Foundation ($4,000) and Wild at Heart Rescue ($3,000).

Lollar said that through the Operation Round Up program, a member of the power company’s bill is rounded up to the next dollar, the proceeds of which are deposited into an account with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Sixty-five percent of the funds in that account are set aside for grants, 25 percent are used for energy assistance programs and the remaining 10 percent is put into an endowment that will be used to start future programs, Lollar said.

Charity or nonprofit organizations can then apply for grant funding via the power company’s website.

Lollar said another round of applications will be accepted starting in May. Organizations can apply each quarter when applications are accepted, but those that win will have to wait until the next calendar year to reapply.

“It’s good that people give a few cents monthly and have it go to programs that impact the local community. That’s a pretty good return on investment,” Lollar said.


Organizations that are interested in applying for the funding can attend an informational seminar on May 2, at 6 p.m. in the headquarters in Hancock County where representatives of the power company will answer questions. The Headquarters is located at 18020 Hwy. 603, Kiln.

https://www.picayuneitem.com/2019/04/cepa-donates-to-food-pantry-others/

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Frankenbunny

The Frankenbunny

(This is actually quite cute, but if Monsanto designed it I'm quite sure it would be a highly venomous Easter killing machine that shoots out projectile eggs filled with Roundup and Agent Orange...)


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

It's Worse Than we Thought.

Went to see the Radiologist today.  He's not concerned with the lesion on Dom's shoulder blade.  He showed us how the Myeloma is eating away at his vertebrae.

This is basically going on at the base of his neck:

Notice the bones missing on the right side (it should look like the other side)

So, they did another c/t scan and fit him for a mask in Radiation.

Doc is going to blast him 10 times in a row.

And THEN start Darzalex.

He said that after this treatment, we might consider going to a Neurosurgeon to have him put a plate in his neck.  But not now, as he'll be bedridden for a while and the MM will run rampant.

Radiation starts tomorrow.

Monday, April 8, 2019

And So it Continues. Dom Can't Catch a Break.

A few weeks ago, Dom had a full body CT Scan.  His shoulder has been KILLING him.

Multiple Myeloma can cause soft spots in the bone called osteolytic lesions, which appear as holes on an X-ray. These osteolytic lesions are painful and can increase the risk of painful breaks or fractures. Myeloma can also cause nerve damage or pain when a tumor presses up against a nerve.

Sure enough, they found a lesion on his left shoulder blade. 


Our team at the Slidell Cancer Center got the ball rolling quickly.  It all starts tomorrow with an appointment with Handsome Dr. M. who is our Oncologist Radiologist. 

He'll probably make a mold of Dom's shoulder blade and get started quickly.

Then Thursday, starting DARZALEX which isn't Chemotherapy, but rather a TARGETED Therapy that seeks out and destroys Myeloma cells.  We have to be at the Cancer Center for 7am *groaning*, and they expect it will be an 8-hour infusion.


INFO ON DARZALEX HERE

So, rolling right along, gang.  We're happy to get this crap started!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

A St. Patrick's Day Prayer

Blessed St. Patrick's Day!
From 'St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer':



I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord. Amen.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Char-Broil Grilling for the Family: 300 Delicious Recipes to Satisfy Every Member of the Family

The publisher, Fox Chapel, was kind enough to send me this cookbook.  It's a BIG 344 page heavy paperback with full-color photos on every page.

And just in time for grilling season!

Char-Broil Grilling for the Family: 300 Delicious Recipes to Satisfy Every Member of the Family (Creative Homeowner) Easy-to-Follow Recipes, Backyard-Tested Techniques, and Tips to Get Kids Involved
Get everybody outside for a fun family grilling fiesta!

*300 easy-to-follow recipes for lip-smacking appetizers, meat, veggies and more to have epic family cookouts

*47 recipes for The Big Easy(R) Oil-Less Turkey Fryer in an included bonus section, for extra juicy meat and crispy skin

*Backyard-tested grilling, barbecuing, brining, and smoking techniques

*Favorite techniques for the juiciest steaks, roasts, ribs, chops, wings, shrimp, kabobs, and more

*Tips on getting kids involved with simple, safe child-friendly tasks that they can do to help

Packed with recipes from America's favorite grill brand since 1948, Char-Broil(R) Grilling for the Family is the definitive cookbook and how-to guide for memorable outdoor meals.

Use this big book to prepare delicious grilled and barbecued appetizers, snacks, breakfast, main courses, salads, vegetables, sides—even desserts! You'll discover 300 mouth-watering recipes here for perfect hamburgers, drumsticks, kebabs, chops, fajitas, wings, sliders, deep-fried turkey, fish, pork, venison, and more—all with easy step-by-step instructions and color photos. Recipes for marinades, sauces, and rubs are included to give your meals that extra kick of flavor.

A special bonus section dedicated to cooking with The Big Easy(R) includes 47 recipes using your Oil-Less Turkey Fryer for chicken, prime rib, ham, shrimp, roasts, and—of course—turkey! An introductory FAQ to using and maintaining The Big Easy(R) is also included (but be sure to read the Product Guide that arrived with your fryer).


Breakfasts, vegetarian choices, healthy options that don't skimp on taste, recipes for new and interesting proteins like ostrich and bison alongside long-time favorites like seafood and beef—it's all here. We even made sure to include kid-friendly grilling choices that are appetizing to youthful tastes, so your next grilling day will be one that the whole tribe will enjoy!




You can pre-order this beauty here:  https://smile.amazon.com/Char-Broil-Grilling-Family-Easy-Follow/dp/1580118321/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=2QI76OWACL2LF&keywords=grilling+for+the+family&qid=1552672787&s=gateway&sprefix=Grilling+for+the+%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

THE NEXT CULINARY BUZZWORD: HAWAIJ

HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TWO-FACED YEMENI KITCHEN STAPLE

Clifton, NJ, JAN 30, 2019 – Foodie pop quiz: What spice has one unusual name, is spelled at least five different ways, can be either savory or sweet but never both, and could hold healthful powers? The answer is HAWAIJ.

Hawaij – pronounced ha-WHY-idge – is an ancient spice mixture found in every Yemenite’s household, and you’ll probably be hearing more about it before too long. That’s because people are discovering delicious ways to incorporate this exotic blend into everything from coffee and desserts to stews and condiments.

There are actually two distinct varieties of hawaij, each with its own flavor profile. One is traditionally used in coffees and the other is usually used to season soups. Yemeni immigrants brought these blends to Israel, and today hawaij (alternately spelled hawaj, hawaij, hawayji, or hawayej) is a staple of Israeli cuisine.

 Pereg Natural Foods (pereg-gourmet.com), a leading producer of premium, all-natural spices and spice blends, invites home cooks to explore hawaij and imagine how it can transform everyday menu items into something new and extraordinary.

Pereg Hawaij Blend for Soup is an aromatic mixture of cumin, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, and cloves.

*Use it instead of bouillon cubes or consommé powder to season meat-based or vegetable soups.
*Try it as a rub for lamb, grilled chicken or fish.
*Add a healthy pinch to slow-cooker stews.
*Toss it with some olive oil on vegetables to roast – it’s great with potatoes, broccoli, kale, carrots, or beets.
*Mix it with a fruity olive oil for a quick salad dressing or as a delicate dipping sauce for crusty bread.
*Spice up chicken with a coat of Hawaij and Pereg Fine Panko Japanese-style bread.

Pereg Hawaij Blend for Coffee is a homey mixture of ginger, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.

*Add a warm and earthy layer of depth to any coffee, tea, or even hot cocoa.
*Boost up your batter – replace traditional spices with hawaij in your favorite pancakes, waffles, muffins, breads, cakes, and other baked desserts.
*Turn an ordinary smoothie into an intriguing treat.
*Sprinkle on baked apples or poached pears.
*Infuse into rice pudding.

Healthy Hawaij – Hawaij’s components pack a powerhouse of healthful properties. WebMD and a multitude of other experts cite cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and turmeric as outstanding sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other beneficial nutrients. 

So when you boost the flavor of your favorite dish with hawaij, you might also be fighting inflammation, aiding digestion, lowering blood sugar, fending off free radicals, and perhaps even preventing cancer and Alzheimer’s!

YUMMY STUFF!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Latest on Dom

These were Dom's latest numbers 2/27 at Tulane.   The second set is from Slidell Cancer Center on 2/7.  The numbers in parentheses are from November 2018.

WBC:  7.3   6.5  (8.3 three months ago)

RBC:   4.1   3.9   (3.71)

HTC:    38.7    39.4  (36.3)

PLATELETS:   170   154  (188)

KAPPA Light Chains:   10,5   11.4  (16.5)

LAMBDA Light Chains:   176.5   119.9  (36.4)

RATIO:   0.6    0.10  (0.45)

M-Spike:    1.7   1.3  (Not Observed)

Dr. Safah at the Tulane Cancer Center in NOLA saw us last Wednesday.  She took blood.  Had us follow up today with our Slidell Oncologist.

He's ordering a full body CT Scan with no contrast and a bone marrow biopsy.  Hopefully next week.

Dom is a hurtin' little cowboy.  Ribs, back, shoulder, neck.  You name it.

So... after the CT results come in, they've decided to put Dom on DARZALEX.  It's not chemo.  It's an IMMUNOTHERAPY.

I joined a Facebook Group for Darzalex support, and the members have been SUPER helpful.  Most of them rave about the drug! 

So, we're feeling very positive.

The docs are laying the groundwork for insurance, then full-speed-ahead. 

Thanks for the continued prayers and good vibes, gang.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Dom's Feb. Numbers

These were Dom's latest numbers.  The numbers in parentheses are from November 2018.

WBC:  6.5  (8.3 three months ago)

RBC:   3.9   (3.71)

HTC:    39.4  (36.3)

PLATELETS:   154  (188)

KAPPA Light Chains:   11.4  (16.5)

LAMBDA Light Chains:   119.9  (36.4)

RATIO:  0.10  (0.45)

M-Spike:  1.3  (Not Observed)

The M-Spike concerned us, but Dr. Calabreze wasn't concerned, as his Light Chains look so good.

He did ask us to make an appointment with Dr. Safah at the Tulane Cancer Center to get her feedback.  She can't get us in until late March.

Soooooo...  rolling right along here.  *sighing*

Friday, February 8, 2019

PETA’s “Kill Mill” Slaughtered Nearly 2,000 Cats and Dogs in 2018

PETA Killed 50 Times More Cats and Dogs Than it Adopted Out

WASHINGTON, DC (February 7, 2019) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has once again proved its name rings hollow. New figures from the animal “shelter” at PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia show that of the 2,470 cats and dogs the group received in 2018, 1,771 of them were killed. PETA was single-handedly responsible for two-thirds of the cats and dogs killed by private animal shelters in Virginia.

Just 35 cats and dogs were adopted out. PETA’s adoption rate of barely 1% is shockingly low in comparison to the rest of Virginia, where the adoption rate at private shelters is 71% and at public shelters is 33%. PETA’s kill rate of 73% also greatly exceeds the average for Virginia shelters. 

The figures come from animal custody records filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees animal shelters. 

Will Coggin, managing director of the Center for Consumer Freedom, commented: 

“The only thing PETA does better than kill pets is get attention for itself. No animal lover should support an organization that so callously disregards and discards four-legged friends. Do celebrity supporters of PETA like Tom Hardy and Casey Affleck condone this mass slaughter of pets?”

PETA had over $56 million in revenue in 2018, yet apparently would rather spend money on videos that feature vegetable genitalia than save pets. PETA has killed about 40,000 cats and dogs since 1998. PETA has killed perfectly healthy animals, including a Chihuahua that PETA representatives stole from a Virginia family and killed in 2014.

The figures come from official numbers published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Super Bowl Sunday Fun Day

Joe and Carina drove in from Pensacola for the night.  I cooked an 18# Country Ham from a pal in Kentucky.  I also made Siracha Deviled Eggs, Loaded Potato Salad, Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly.  Made my first attempt at Tiramisu.  It was delicious!  

Joe brought over some Cleveland Mustard and a bottle of Peppermint Schnapps.

Sadie was in HEAVEN with all of the attention that she received!