Thursday, June 5, 2008

Round 6? Not yet!

Here's the report from our meeting with Dr Sheehan yesterday. As we mentioned earlier, it seems that this last round of chemotherapy held the "light chain" to the same level. They may not get lower, but they are GREATLY reduced from a beginning level of 10,800 down to 100.

So, Dr Sheehan's recommendation is that we stop the chemotherapy for 6 weeks and see what happens. In the meantime, Sabine can go through the preliminary tests and day surgery to get a "button fistula" implanted in her arm for dialysis purposes that will greatly reduce her chance of infection and permit her to go swimming and kayaking as well.

We will begin her surgical preparation and training on home dialysis next month and we are excited about this new-found freedom that a home dialysis program will give us.

Thanks for you prayers and keep them coming to specifically repress those light chain proteins from causing problems. Sabine's energy is up, she is looking forward to seeing many of you at one of the two "Relay for Life" dates (see below). Follow the yellow brick road!