You might say, 'Why don't you take a sleeping pill?". Well, I'm a bit loath to add yet another pill to the impressive array I already take every day, enough to choke a good-sized horse. The sleeplessness usually only lasts one night, so I can live with it. Actually, I should get outside with a flashlight and work on some of those house projects.
It's a good thing I'm on a protocol that calls for low-dose dex (40 mg, once a week). Prior treatment regimens used to call for high-dose dex. I really feel sorry for those poor blokes. If I were on high-dose dex, I would have been out in the treetops in our yard last night, swinging from branch to branch.
While we were at the recent Patient Symposium, one of the doctors mentioned a patient requesting to get off the dexamethasone. Another of the panelists jokingly questioned whether it was the patient or the family members making the request.
I promised to explain the MM response criteria in my last post, so here it is if you can decipher it:
International Myeloma Working Group uniform response criteria
|Category Criteria ______________________________________________________________________|
|Based on my Cycle 1 results, Dr. Paba-Prada confirmed that I am in the PR category with an 80 % reduction in my serum M-protein. I'm anxious to see where I end up after Cycle 2.|
T-t-t-that's all folks.