The very complicated 'river of life' with the quality and careful balances that must be maintained for Hamada to continue with Velcade, is proving to be a really tedious task. As mentioned in an earlier post even before completing the first cycle of chemotherapy he had to omit the last of the required four infusions, due to a lowering of platelet levels. Then during the second cycle Hamada managed the first two shots then succumbed to a chest infection and having antibiotics for five days could not recieve any Velcade that week.
We managed to slot in two further Velcade infusions after platelets were given and then the 'river of life' let us down once again, with the neutrophils deciding they had also had enough. For the next three days Hamada will have the friendly G-CSF injections to chase those neutrophils out of hiding! The plus-side to that is we can do these at home. He must then rest from chemo for a further week.
Although we have Nephrology clinic visit next Tuesday and the Doctors check-up on Thursday it does make a fairly Hospital free week which is rather nice and a lot less driving for me. Rather a bonus really with time to prepare some good English food, as we are entertaining (if they are all cold free) number one Son and family for a long weekend which also includes his lovely French Mother-in-law.
Further to the review yesterday, Hamada's Doctor is reducing the amount of Velcade from 2.4mg to 1.8mg he also informed us that there has been a little reduction in PP M-Spike reading from 18.6 to 15 it is a start but we have a long way to go.
09 April, 2010
Posted by Susie Hemingway at 09:15