Month: April 2004

Thalidomide and cognitive difficulties

After I started thalidomide in April, 2003, I noticed that I began to have significant trouble concentrating. I could no longer read a book, even. Before that, I read a lot — at least a few books a month. My short term memory also took a hit. I asked some other patients about their experiences, and more than a few had similar situations. I’ll write some more about this when I can focus better. :)

Lab results

I called in to get the results of my IFE and PE, and here they are:

April 7, 2004

IgG: 361 mg/dL
IgA: 904 mg/dL
IgM: 10 mg/dL
Total protein: 6.7 g/dL

It looks like I can be stable on dex alone. I last took thalidomide in early March. Initially upon stopping, there was an increase. See labs for details. >> LABS <<

Blood

I had blood drawn yesterday in Pinehurst. Since I had a dramatic increase in my IgA last time I had my monthly labs at UNC, my doctor wanted me to have another test in a few weeks. That was yesterday. We’ll see what the results are on Friday or Monday. They’re faxing the report to Dr. O. at UNC. I’ll have to call in to get the numbers myself.

Another dex day

I’m on my first day of dex at 40mg. Tomorrow I’ll take 20. I’m not sure that’s a good taper though. Last week I sufferd on Monday! I felt tired and my legs just don’t want to work. I ended up sleeping most of the day.

I’ll have a blood test Monday to see how I’m doing. I really hope the dex works for me alone, because I don’t want to have to move to DVd. I will if I have to, of course. I just have to hang in until school is done.

This time on dex I am going to eliminate carbs completely. I don’t want blood sugar problems! It’s only for a few days, so I’m sure I can survive. :)