We are trying to be patient. The sequence of treatments needed, and scheduling them in a timely way, is delaying the hopes of going home a few more days. We are shooting for Friday, but Saturday seems more realistic.

Today, I got to go outside (first time since I was on my near-fatal hike 11 days ago) to a Koi pond, just outside the hospital doors. It brought tears to my eyes as I felt like my time with this beautiful earth was over a few days ago. I love the Pacific Northwest, even on a cloudy, sprinkling day. Lichen on stones look beautiful to me. To reach down and touch moss was a thrill. We live in an incredible universe!

My kidneys are pumping out urine like crazy, which is a good thing. But my toxins have gone back up since I have not done dialysis in two days. There is still hope for them. They must do their job in filtering again. That would be a huge help in fighting this cancer in my marrow.

Still no side effects from chemo except a cold sore, and that is something I can live with.

Just finished my third 3-hour plasmapheresis session. I need 5 to finish the course.

Had to say goodbye to my Minneapolis family, Bryan, Renee, Oliver, Hayden and Ezra. They flight out tomorrow morning. They were a godsend.

I finally have the heart monitor off and my last IV out (still have my central lines in my chest for the dialysis and plasmapheresis.)

That’s the latest.

Published by J. Michael Jones

J. Michael Jones is married to Denise and is the father of five successful adult children, scattered around Washington state and Minnesota. He had a 38-year career as a physician associate, until he was forced into retirement by multiple myeloma in 2019. During his career, he waw a headache specialist at Mayo Clinic, and in the pacific northwest, and worked as a generalist in a variety of locations overseas, including Abu Dhabi, Oman, Cyprus, Egypt, Pakistan twice, Nepal, and Afghanistan's Khyber Pass. He has always loved to think and write, publishing seven books and countless journal articles. After retirement he has focused on his fiction writing including his coming book, The Stones of Yemen.

2 thoughts on “Update

  1. Sounds hopeful – so glad you were able to get outside for a bit. That is so healing. And as you well know the waiting for whatever is coming is the hardest part. Hang in there.


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