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  1. rev.dennis

    Week 16

    Thursday's 9am appointment will include ********************* Chemo Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): NO Pegasparagus via IV drip (avg 1hr infusion): YES Cyclosphomine: NO Cytarabine: NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): NO
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    Week 16

    ********************* 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: NO Platelets: NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES BoneMarrow Biopsy: NO Chemo Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min 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 So we should celebrate this day Bone Marrow Biopsy from last week came back and showed no signs of Cancer MRD test from last week came back and showed no signs of Cancer Dr. Yang which hesitates to display any happiness with any news in fear of providing false hope, was visibly happy per what Kate said. He mentioned that her change of survival has significantly increased and the chance of it returning has significantly decreased with these results. Your prayers (my prayers) are being answered so thank you to all who have prayed for this cancer to go away.
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    Week 16

    Here we go.. last week was a rough one with Kate running a fever of 103.8 after her port placement. Then the horror of going through the Emergency Room at Harper Hutzel to then get admitted to the desired Karmanos. It was a rough week but what they did worked since Kate had a good weekend as well as Monday and Tuesday. Now we have two appointments (so far) for Wednesday and Thursday with Wednesday being the big day with Lab work, Dr consultation with Dr. Yang, chemo and then Lumbar Puncture.
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    Week 15

    So last night they did get kates temp to stabilize with more anti-biotics and fluids. Also our friend Kevin hooked us up with a great HVAC repair man which we will always use now. He got us up and running (found a short). Now we work and wait for the request to go pick her up from the hospital.
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    Week 15

    Just dropped Kate off at the Emergency Room at Harper Hutzel hospital. Dr.Yang called at 8:42am after I left him a message and he recommended I bring her down for some antibiotics since her white blood cell count is so low it may not be enough to fight any infection. So now I need to find a trane furnace repair tech that will come out. Both Schutz and Affordable both don’t have appointments until end of next week. My backup plan is pull RV right next to house with generator and run the A/C so she can keep her cool until we get the A/C fixed
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    Week 15

    8:31am 102.4 (we will continue to monitor for a little bit more. If not down in next 10min I have to get her dressed somehow and get her to the vehicle)
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    Week 15

    8:21am 103.1 and called the radiologist and left a message as directed to do by paperwork she was given. Pain medication isn’t working and she has a fever. I predict us having to go to hospital. we double checked with two other thermometers and the Vick’s oral and Braun ear seem consistent. Our new infrared forehead thermometer IR 988 says she doesn’t have a fever. What a piece of garbage. Checking on a refund/return on this crap.
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    Week 15

    Today is a rough day for us. Last night our furnace went out so no A/C on a day that was up in the high 80s. Shutz Heating and Cooling is suppose to call me first thing this morning. Kate woke up with a fever of 102.8 at 7:52am so we have a wash cloth and Tylenol at 8am. Checked it at 8:02am and it came down with a cool washcloth mainly to 101.3 Going to keep monitoring every 10min until it gets down. i need to get our A/C back. I think we have a blown thermostat (comfortlink ii xl1050). We love our trane furnace but the weak link seems to be either the relay panel or the thermostat. Of course we have a very old A/C unit. Hope that’s not out since we don’t have the funds for that.
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    Week 15

    Kates out of surgery and all is good. She’s weak in the knees and in pain/sore but she does enjoy not having the PICC line anymore. She is still very much raving on how awesome Dr.Yang is to her and how attentive he is to every detail. more to come later
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    Week 15

    ********************* Bloodwork Results Potassium: Bilirubin(Liver Function): White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): . Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 6.8 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 100 Transfusions Blood: YES Platelets: YES/NO Procedures Lumbar Puncture: YES/NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: YES Chemo Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min 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
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    Chemo Treatment

    ********************* 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 Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min 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
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    Port & Bone Marrow Biopsy

    ********************* 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 Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min 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
  13. rev.dennis

    Chemo Treatment

    DAY1 of every 10 days of CHEMO
  14. rev.dennis

    Chemo Treatment

    LAB, Dr.Visit, Chemo
  15. rev.dennis

    Week 15

    This week isn't about the chemo but more about a big Tuesday appointment where Kate will move from a PICC line to a PORT as well as get an Bone Marrow Biopsy / MRD Test. What is an MRD Test? Measurable or minimal residual disease (MRD) testing is used to see if the cancer treatment is working and to guide further treatment plans. MRD testing is mainly used in blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma), but is being studied in other cancers. It is a type of personalized medicine, because the results can be used to tailor your treatment plan. What can the MRD test find? This test can find even the smallest amount of cancer cells that may be remaining after treatment. This can: Show how well your cancer has responded to the treatment you received. Do a better job of finding out if you are in remission than other tests. Find a cancer recurrence sooner than other tests. MRD tests use highly sensitive methods, including multi-parametric flow cytometry and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). These methods look for any remaining cancer cells that cannot be seen in routine tests. This test can detect even 1 cancer cell among 1 million normal cells. MRD testing is also useful in clinical trials for new medicines. MRD can show how well the medicine is working at treating the cancer without having to wait months to see if the cancer returns. MRD and ALL Part of routine testing in the treatment of pediatric and most adult ALL. Can detect relapse earlier than other tests. This allows for earlier treatment if relapse is suspected. Studies show that MRD is the best way to predict what treatments will be most helpful after the induction phase ALL treatment. MRD can also help identify patients most at risk for ALL relapse. These patients may have the best chance for a cure with a bone marrow transplant. Patients with good MRD response may be able to avoid transplant.
  16. rev.dennis

    Port & Bone Marrow Biopsy

    Big day for Kate. 7:30am port palcement (nothing to eat 6 hours prior. Procedure scheduled for 8am but have to be in office 30min prior) 11:00am Bone Marrow Biopsy/MRD Test being done by Dr.Yang. The MRD test looks microscopic level to see if the chemo is working at killing the cancer cells.
  17. ********************* Bloodwork Results Potassium: 3.2 Bilirubin(Liver Function): 1.98 White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): 0.6 Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 7.8 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 42 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): YES Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): NO Cyclosphomine: NO Cytarabine: NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): NO
  18. This is our 2nd week of Chemo Treatment 3 times a week. This "should be" also our last 3 times a week treatment which Kate is excited about.
  19. Today is a great day as it celebrates a day back in 1985 when Kate Michelle was born with the help of her loving parents Diane and Larry Sipes and her two protectors (big brothers) Bill and Corey. To really celebrate and understand someone's birthday, you take a minute and imagine what would life be like if they weren't born. I know I would of never found true love. Someone who cares as much for me as I do about them. A best friend that I don't mind being intimate with. Sharing life experiences together I couldn't imagine doing all these things without her. So her birthday is a big day for me. I'll quote many songs that say, "The world is a better place with you in it" can not be more true about you Kate. Happy Birthday!
  20. rev.dennis

    Bloodwork

    ********************* 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 Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min 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
  21. rev.dennis

    Bloodwork

    ********************* 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 Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min 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
  22. rev.dennis

    Chemo Treatment

    ********************* Bloodwork Results Potassium: x.x Bilirubin(Liver Function): x.x White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): 0.0 Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 7.6 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 42 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): YES Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): NO Cyclosphomine: NO Cytarabine: NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): NO
  23. Man 5am is early.. That's the time we have to get up to get to Karmanos for the Bloodwork that is scheduled for 7:15am RESULTS ********************* Bloodwork Results Potassium: 3.2 Bilirubin(Liver Function): .89 White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): .7 Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 6.5 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 2 Transfusions Blood: YES Platelets: YES Procedures Lumbar Puncture: NO BoneMarrow Biopsy: NO Chemo Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): NO Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES Cyclosphomine: NO Cytarabine: NO Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): NO
  24. rev.dennis

    Bloodwork

    ********************* 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 Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min 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
  25. rev.dennis

    Bloodwork

    ********************* 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 Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min 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
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