I got these results last week. Pretty much the only difference between these results and the last ones is that the IgA is about 200 mg/dL higher. Last time, it was 663. The m-spikes are the same. This time, the kappa/lambda free light chain ratio is just inside the normal range. IgM and IgG are suppressed, and at about the same levels they were in October. Why the increase in IgA? My doctor suggested that it may simply be a normal immune response to something.
The serum free light chains weren’t back yet when I got this. I don’t think about this stuff as much as I used to, so I probably won’t even call in to ask about it. I’ll wait for my next appointment in a couple of months to find out.
I had been seeing the doc every 4 months, but now it’s going to be every 3 months, due to a small increase in m-spike. The doc asked me if I want to start maintenance, but I said no. The m-spike was somewhere about 0.3 five years ago after I had my auto SCT.
This was forwarded to me on the AAMC mailing list.
This is a picture of a puppy currently residing in a puppy mill in North Carolina. Under present state law, because she has “food, water and shelter” she cannot be rescued. Only when she is dead will she probably get out of this cage.
We are hoping (probably against hope) that the legislature might take some time away from passing a fracking bill, to consider legislation that would define the requirements of “food, shelter and water” a bit better than is pictured here, as well as require exercise and veterinary care.
If you agree that this is cruel and inhumane treatment, please let your legislators know. In Moore County, your state representative is Jamie Boles ( [email protected] ) and your state senator is Harris Blake ( [email protected] ). You might also address comments to the Senator Pro Tem Phil Berger ( [email protected] ) and Speaker of the House Thom Tillis ( [email protected] ).
There are a lot of animals in North Carolina that would appreciate your speaking up for them.
Wow. Hospitals have sure changed! A family member was recently hospitalized, and the staff actually encouraged us to stay the night and help with care. It’s a good thing to be able to do, if you have the ability. Sometimes responsibilities at home might get in the way, but being there as much as possible helped my loved one get through the rough patch.
I remember one time when I was really sick and in the hospital, though. I didn’t even want calls or visitors. I just wanted to be left alone. I bet most people prefer the company!
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This is the new doggie. I don’t have a name for her yet, so any suggestions are welcome. Thanks to the Collie Rescue of the Carolinas for bringing her to me.
She’s a sweet pup. I’m not sure how old she is, but the vet paperwork says “> 8.” She seems to be deaf, so it’s ok that I don’t have a name for her yet. She does respond to hand gestures, which is pretty cool. I can motion to her to come to me, and she does!
Here’s a picture I took yesterday. I think she’s feeling safe and secure here. She took over my bed!
I’m still considering names, but her inability to hear me call her means there’s no rush. She’s quite a pistol. She’s getting into the garbage and eating cat food. We walk every night, when it cools down a bit, and we’re both enjoying that. Once the temperature gets a little cooler, we’ll start going to the park to walk. Buddy used to love that, and I hope the new doggie loves going there, too.