Finished my two rounds of harsh chemo at the University of Washington Medical Center. Doing okay (the real side effects from it does not typically kick in for about 5 days). Had to have a blood transfusion during the middle of the night because my blood counts got so low. First time I’ve ever had blood. Donated a lot but never have received. I will probably have several more before this is over. I am now sleep deprived.

Tomorrow is a day of rest. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, I till have infusions of my stem cells.

Kidneys are still doing okay. We will see where they are at when this is all over.

Walked 5 miles in the hallways of the hospital yesterday (that’s 60 laps). I am shooting for 3 miles today and the rest of the week.

Denise is sleeping in my bed right now (it is 2:50 PM), which is a good thing because she is not sleeping well when she goes “home” to our downtown Seattle apartment. She has too much on her mind between what is happening to me, what is happening at our house in Anacortes, and what is happening at her work.


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.

8 thoughts on “UPDATE:6/10/19

  1. Yeah, Mike, made it thru that nasty chem. Praying that the residual will be merciful to you!!! Onward and forward!!!🙏🙏


  2. Thanks for your update and yes you both have a lot going on. We have been in Mexico for two weeks and we’re very appreciative of your blog. We pray for your recovery and a good quality of life. Bless you


  3. Praying for you! I’m hoping there is no complication with the infusion of your stem cells and your kidneys stay stable. Hang in there..I’m also hoping the chemo isn’t hitting you too rough.


  4. Thanks for your status reports.  Our ACRC men’s group prayed for you and Denise last night at BJ’s.  God Bless!         Chuck


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