One of my loyal readers emailed me yesterday saying she misses seeing frequent updates to my blog, which was a nice way of telling me to get off my lazy ass and start writing. Guilty as charged! I don't why I took this little vacation. It's not that I'm so busy that I can't fit writing this blog into my crammed schedule of meetings and social events. As a matter of fact, as I look over my calendar, it is nearly blank, sad to say. No, just a little laziness and procrastination. Over the years, I have elevated the process of procrastinating to a fine art, sometimes to my chagrin. In any case, I'm back.
When we last left the saga of my thrilling adventures, I had just left the orthopedic doctor's office with a shot of cortisone in my right knee. Wow! That's pretty good stuff. My knee immediately felt better, and it still does. I can now walk and negotiate stairs with minimal pain. I even walked a 9-hole golf course a few days ago with no discernible aftereffects. It's still not perfect, but it's "100% better", as they say.
Now that I think of it, I'm not sure what 100% better is supposed to mean. Better than what? For example, if I started out only 5% good and got 100% better, I would still only be 10% good, right? Conversely, if I started out 90% good, I'd only have to get better by 11.1% to be perfect again. Maybe I just have an odd way of looking at things. Anyway, I digress.
By the way, a cortisone shot in the knee is no walk in the park. However, on a relative scale, it sure beats the shit out a bone marrow biopsy. I'm not sure how long this cortisone shot will last. The physicians assistant said it could last anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 years. Typically, I guess 6 months would be a reasonable expectation. After that, I don't know what might come next. In the mean time, I'll try not to do anything too strenuous with it.
I'm feeling really good, although I still sleep more than I used to. I've pretty much adjusted to that. Yesterday I got my flu shot and next Monday, I go back to the Farber for another monthly checkup and Zometa infusion. That will begin the 15th month of my clinical trial maintenance therapy with the 5 mg of Revlimid daily. If I can stay in remission for another 22 months, then I can go off the Rev completely, and maybe the Zometa as well. I'm looking forward to that. I'm very upbeat about how everything has gone so far. In fact, as a testament to my optimism, I just took the plunge and renewed my AARP membership for another 5 years!
The writing seminar at the Farber has started up again for the fall. Unfortunately, I missed the September workshop because of my knee appointment. I hope to be able to attend the October one on the 28th. I could use a shot in the arm to bolster my inspiration to keep writing..