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  2. rev.dennis

    Week 25

    Today we learn that once you move from Short Term Disability to Long Term Disability that you loose your job, or at least McLaren Healthcare Provider releases you so you don't have a job waiting for you when you come back. You'll continue to get your 50% pay until 2022 (so they say) but you don't have a job when you get better. You can apply for a job, but you aren't guaranteed a job. If you get a job, you don't carry over your seniority that you accrued over years of working. Just another "F U" from the world of having cancer.
  3. rev.dennis

    Week 25

    Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): . Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Transfusions Blood: YES/NO Platelets: YES/NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES/NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: YES/NO Chemo Methotrexate via IV drip (avg __min infusion): YES/NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES/NO Cyclosphomine: YES/NO Cytarabine: YES/NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): YES/NO Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO <--causes hair loss
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  5. kate

    Week 24

    I know I’m not the greatest at writing but I warned of that before. I apologize to everyone for the delays in updates. I will work on getting better at posting. the last couple weeks in reality there hasn’t been much to post. My platelets dropped too low to start my next round of chemo but not low enough that I need a transfusion. Although that would normally sound good, it means I’ve been in a holding pattern waiting for the next step. I’ve been going for weekly labs hoping that numbers will come up. We’ve started some vitamin supplements which have helped all my other numbers rise, but unfortunately I just have to wait for my body to produce more platelets. Yesterday my dr decided to give me 10 days before my next appointment and check my labs again. If they are not up at that point, we will have to schedule another bone marrow biopsy to make sure the cancer cells aren’t reproducing again. i would be lying if I didn’t say all this scares the crap out of me. I try my best to keep my brave face on and stay strong like I know everyone wants me to be. The reality is though, on nights like tonight when everyone is asleep and I’m laying here awake all I can think about is how scared I am. I’m scared mostly of disappointing my husband with my fight. He has been such a rock for me that I know I couldn’t do this without him, all I want is to give him the same effort he gives me everyday. aside from all that nonsense life has just been chaotic. We’ve had a lot of random expenses come up but every time we feel defeated something comes out of left field to help us out. I have to believe if we weren’t meant to be the victors of this battle that we wouldn’t have these blessings popping up. i will continue to try and be better at updating this. For now, all of your continued prayers, well wishes, thoughts or whatever works for you is more than appreciated
  6. rev.dennis

    Week 24

    Hopefully Kate can continue chemo this week Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): . Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Transfusions Blood: YES/NO Platelets: YES/NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES/NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: YES/NO Chemo Methotrexate via IV drip (avg __min infusion): YES/NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES/NO Cyclosphomine: YES/NO Cytarabine: YES/NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): YES/NO Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO <--causes hair loss
  7. rev.dennis

    Week 23

    Coming close to the end of July and this week Kate is hoping she is back on the treatment plan which means hopefully her blood counts are good. Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): . Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Transfusions Blood: YES/NO Platelets: YES/NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES/NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: YES/NO Chemo Methotrexate via IV drip (avg __min infusion): YES/NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES/NO Cyclosphomine: YES/NO Cytarabine: YES/NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): YES/NO Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO <--causes hair loss
  8. rev.dennis

    Week 22

    On the way home (about 10minutes away from the hospital) Kate got another fever. This is the third week in a row. We were thinking it was a negative side effect to Chi Tea since she had a chi-tea from BigBe on the way down to the hospital (which she loves) but since she got a fever both times we said this week nothing from Bigbe but she still got the fever. So now we are thinking it has to be one of a few things. First it could be the lynacane she rubs on her port to numb the area 1 hours prior to arrival. Second it could be the heparin they flush kates port with at the end of each blood draw. Again, the last three weeks all Kate has had done at the hospital is bloodwork (so checking her blood counts) to see if her numbers come up high enough so they can continue chemo treatments which they haven't been able to. Obviously it can be something more but thats all we have to go on at this time.
  9. rev.dennis

    Week 22

    Today we are in Detroit to get the bloodwork results.
  10. Here you will find some examples of how to utilize splunk in different ways. Example of how to find all hostnames and source files that are reporting data for a sourcetype index=* sourcetype="f5:bigip:syslog" hostname="*" | stats count by hostname host source This example will show you hostname - source and what are the stats per device so you can identify if all your devices are reporting to splunk as you thought. Also what devices are reporting a lot of data (maybe debug is turned on). Another pretty quick query that I prefer is this one | tstats count as totalCount earliest(_time) as firstTime latest(_time) as lastTime where index="*" sourcetype="f5:bigip:syslog" by host sourcetype | fieldformat firstTime=strftime(firstTime,"%Y/%m/%d %H:%M:%S") | fieldformat lastTime=strftime(lastTime,"%Y/%m/%d %H:%M:%S")
  11. rev.dennis

    Week 22

    Yesterday we found out that short term disability runs out at the end of August and we'll need to pay COBRA to continue the insurance to continue treatments. It will cost us $1280/month until Kate is able to go back to work. Not sure how but one way or another we must come up with that.
  12. rev.dennis

    Week 22

    Here we are on Week 22 of Kate's fight against Blood Cancer. Here are all the updates related to whats going on this week. ********************* Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): . Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Transfusions Blood: YES/NO Platelets: YES/NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES/NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: YES/NO Chemo Methotrexate via IV drip (avg __min infusion): YES/NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES/NO Cyclosphomine: YES/NO Cytarabine: YES/NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): YES/NO Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO <--causes hair loss
  13. Thursday July 2nd at 5pm Charlie Hosang took his last breath and the moment he was no longer holding the hand of his family here on earth his family in heaven took his hand. His younger brother Ken just passed away recently and I'm sure he was there (I imagine with a cold beer). Born May 19th 1932. We had some great times that I’ll never forget
  14. rev.dennis

    Week 21

    Welcome to Week 21 of Kates fight against cancer. ********************* Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): . Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Transfusions Blood: YES/NO Platelets: YES/NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES/NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: YES/NO Chemo Methotrexate via IV drip (avg __min infusion): YES/NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES/NO Cyclosphomine: YES/NO Cytarabine: YES/NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): YES/NO Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO <--causes hair loss
  15. rev.dennis

    Week 20

    Welcome to Week 20 of fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) which is a medical way of saying cancer in your blood. It's going to get more aggressive this week ********************* Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): . Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Transfusions Blood: YES/NO Platelets: YES/NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES/NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: YES/NO Chemo Methotrexate via IV drip (avg __min infusion): YES/NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES/NO Cyclosphomine: YES/NO Cytarabine: YES/NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): YES/NO Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO <--causes hair loss
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  17. rev.dennis

    Week 19

    Kate had to report that she did fall down walking out Tuesday which helped explain all the bruising she has on her hands and legs mainly.. especially her knees. They said she has to keep her leg elevated since it appears swelling has move all the way into her foot. So elevate and ice the leg and if it doesn't go down she could have a blood clot so we need to monitor it. The following treatments can be done at home: Ice therapy Apply ice immediately after the injury to reduce blood flow around the area. Cooling the blood vessels can reduce the amount of blood that leaks into the surrounding tissue. This can prevent the bruise from being as apparent and reduce swelling. You can use a reusable ice pack, a bag of ice, or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth or towel. Ice the bruise for 10 minutes at a time. Wait 20 minutes before reapplying. Heat You can apply heat to boost circulation and increase blood flow. This will help to clear away the trapped blood after the bruise has already formed. Applying heat can also help to loosen tense muscles and relieve pain. You can use a heating pad or a hot water bottle. Soaking in a hot bath is another option. Compression Wrap the bruised area in an elastic bandage. This will squeeze the tissues and help prevent blood vessels from leaking. Using compression can lessen the severity of the bruise and help to reduce pain and swelling. Elevation Elevate the bruised area so that it’s above the heart. This helps to relieve pain and drain fluid away from the bruised area. Elevation can also reduce pressure and compression. This gives you the perfect chance to rest and relax, which can also help the healing process. Arnica Arnica is a homeopathic herb that is said to reduce inflammation and swelling, thus making it an ideal treatment for bruising. A 2010 study found that topical arnica ointment effectively reduced laser-induced bruising. You can use an arnica ointment or gel on the bruise a few times per day. You can also take arnica orally. Vitamin K cream Vitamin K is an essential nutrient that helps with blood clotting. Vitamin K cream was shown to reduce the severity of bruising after laser treatment in a small 2002 studyTrusted Source. To use this treatment, gently rub vitamin K cream onto the bruise at least two times per day. Aloe vera Aloe vera has been shownTrusted Source to reduce pain and inflammation. You can apply it topically to the affected area. Make sure to use a gel that is pure aloe vera. Read the label carefully to check for additives. Vitamin C Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to promote wound healing. You can also find gels, creams, or serums that contain vitamin C. You can apply these topically. You can also take it as a supplement. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well. Pineapple Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in pineapple. Bromelain can help to reduce the severity of the bruise and reduce inflammationTrusted Source. You can eat pineapple or take bromelain supplements. You can also apply it topically as a cream. Comfrey Comfrey is a plant that is often used to treat skin ailments and inflammation. Comfrey creamTrusted Source has been shown to have healing powers that can be used to treat bruises. You can apply the cream to your bruise a few times a day. You can also make a compress using dried comfrey leaves. Steep the leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes. Then strain out the liquid and wrap the leaves in a towel or cloth. Apply it to the bruised area. Summary Bruises may take a few weeks to heal. Take care to rest your body to allow for maximum healing. Using some of the home remedies described here can help to speed up the healing process. Keep an eye on your progression. Keep in mind that bruises can be the result of a severe sprain or fracture or even a blood clot. Call your doctor if: the injury seemed minor, but you’re still experiencing pain after three days you develop a lump over your bruise you seem to be bruising for no reason you notice blood in your urine or stool These are symptoms of a more serious injury.
  18. rev.dennis

    Week 19

    We are down in Detroit this Friday for another bloodwork since her platelets were so low last time being only 7. Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): ] White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 7.8 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 11 Transfusions Platelets: YES (typically take about 30minutes via port once they start)
  19. rev.dennis

    Week 18

    For anyone else experiencing mouth sores from Chemo Kate found using crest mouthwash gave her about 30minutes of numbness so she can eat.. of course everything is so minty fresh tasting. Also searching the web we found suggestions on people using Biotine to help heal the sores and numb the sores so you can eat. A friend of mine that went through chemo and had the mouth sores swore up and down by the hard jolly ranchers candies.
  20. kate

    Week 19

    So Tuesday changed a lot of this weeks game plan. Since my mouth sores were getting so bad and I had lost a significant amount of weight since my last visit, Dr. Yang held the methotrexate to allow for a little bit of healing in my mouth. He also prescribed a medicated mouthwash to use 15-30 min before eating to try and eat more substantial meals. Since we didn’t do the methotrexate, I had to have the pegasparagus instead of coming back on Wednesday. I also had to get a unit of platelets since my platelets had dropped so much. Dr said I basically am not tolerating the full dose of methotrexate which isn’t a huge issue, some people can’t tolerate it. It just means that the treatment has to be adjusted. The plan is to continue with it next week but at a lower dose to see if I respond better. I also had to have an appointment scheduled for Friday for a lab check to see if my platelets have come up. Depending on what it is, I anticipate I may have another appointment added on next week before my treatment on Thursday. Hopefully not though. Even though I’m over halfway through this aggressive treatment phase, it sure feels like its kicking my butt more. Since I haven’t been eating a lot, I’m very weak and can’t stand or walk long. When leaving the hospital on Tuesday I lost my footing and fell in the hallway. If Dennis was allowed to be with me I know he would have caught me. Instead I fought the floor and the floor definitely won. I’m very bruised and banged up. But I’ve made it this far without falling once so I’ll take that as a win. Here’s to hoping tomorrow’s bloodwork shows better results. Bloodwork Results Potassium: 3.0 Bilirubin(Liver Function): 1.39 White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): 1.7 Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 8.8 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 7 Transfusions Platelets: YES Chemo Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES
  21. kate

    Week 18

    Tough week. Discovered that the methotrexate that they started me on gave me mouth sores. It’s a common chemo side effect that I’ve avoided thus far so that’s the positive. The week was really tough for being my week off of chemo. Very sick feeling and because of the mouth sores very difficult to eat anything. A lot of weight lost during the week cuz I just couldn’t eat. Dennis got me yogurt and popsicles which helped keep me going but hearing your stomach growl and not able to do much about it is not a fun feeling.
  22. rev.dennis

    Week 19

    It’s Tuesday and Kate has a doctor consultation and bloodwork and we'll find out more about his plans. Dr. Yang doesn't like to give a schedule out too far since he really evaluates Kate's condition all the time and changes the prescription of her cure according to how her body reacts. Kate and I noticed her hair is finally coming back but not enough to where Kate is comfortable not wearing her head covering which is basically like a scarf and looks similar to the one here ********************* Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): . Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): Platelets (PLT 150-500): Transfusions Blood: YES/NO Platelets: YES/NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES/NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: YES/NO Chemo Methotrexate via IV drip (avg __min infusion): YES/NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES/NO Cyclosphomine: YES/NO Cytarabine: YES/NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): YES/NO Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO <--causes hair loss
  23. rev.dennis

    Week 18

    Will add more later but, nose bleeds, sores in mouth we discovered why and tried a few different solutions
  24. kate

    Week 17

    Today’s is treatment day. Apparently Friday’s are busy days to be down here...the waiting room was full and I had to wait quite a bit longer than normal. They used my port for the first time. I was more nervous than usual about it hurting...probably cuz their approaching my chest to stab me with a needle. But it turned out to just feel like a strong pinch and then it was done. I can live with that. Dr Yang prescribed me a new med I have to pick up for the neuropathy. It’s supposed to help with the pain but he said it can make me feel groggy. Lovely. I’ll pick it up on my way home and try it tonight. Hopefully it helps. I’ve dealt with it in my hands but the feet I can’t handle. He also suggested I start taking Prilosec every morning to help with the acid reflux. Since I’m at the point of soup making me feel sick it’s worth a shot. We held the vincristine today because of my neuropathy. Bloodwork Results Potassium: 3.7 Bilirubin(Liver Function): 1.71 White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): 4.7!!! Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 10.8 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 67 Transfusions Blood: NO Platelets: NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: NO Chemo Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): NO Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): NO Cyclosphomine: NO Cytarabine: NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 1.5 hour infusion): YES Methotrexate: YES
  25. Re-Scheduled from Thursday 6/11
  26. rev.dennis

    Chemo Treatment

    Appointment with Dr.Yang
  27. rev.dennis

    Week 17

    Okay Wayne State doctors offices are very very bad. So they wrote on Kates discharge paperwork to see the doctor today and of course listed three addresses so Kate did the research to confirm the correct address and she discovers (through 30minutes of phone hopping) no appointment is scheduled with her today. So that was the long way of saying no appointment with the Infectious Disease doctor today.
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