Saturday, January 12, 2008

Results from Bone-Strenghthening Drug

I received my bone-strengthening IV yesterday at Huntsman. I was really nervous because of how much pain and problems I had after the last time I had it. This time my oncologist wanted to try a different drug that does the same thing to see if I did better on it. It's called Aredia (Pamidronate). My oncologist also wanted to start out with only one-third the regular dose. She obviously didn't want a reaction like my last one. As of today I feel great!! I'm sure if I was going to have a bad reaction it would have started by now. I've even been to the gym this morning--mostly to make other people on the treadmill next to me feel like they're going really fast. I seem to feel better when I exercise and get my bones and joints moving.

My blood counts (white blood cell, red blood cell, hematocrit and platelets) are low. The white blood cells are critically low, but a couple points higher than when I was in the hospital in Dec. and my Hematocrit is actually a couple points lower than when I received my blood transfusion in the hospital. The nurse told me I should stay away from large groups of people, or sick people since I have a high risk for infection. I told her I teach primary and volunteer in my kid's school classes each week. I called my oncologist's office, and the nurse there said I can go where I want, but to wash my hands really well all the time and to stay away from sick people as much as possible. That's good because I'll go nuts staying at home. I'd rather be with people--it makes me feel better.

I feel so good--I know prayers are being answered!! Thank you everyone!!


Kamille said...

Jenn - I'm so glad "the stuff" wasn't so toxic. You look amazing. I would never guess that you have some mysterious illness. Love you to pieces.

candace said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better this time around. I was really worried! Keep doing what your doing! Lov ya!

Marci said...

Jenn - what an inspiration you are! Your positive attitude really amazes me. I am glad to hear that you are doing better. The prayers must be working! Love you!

Autumn Chris said...

You are such an amazing person. Hang in there. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If you ever need anything give me a call. My number stayed the same since we've moved from the ward.