Saturday, April 23, 2011

Good news in the blood, bad news on the ice

My labs remain excellent.

CBC shows a mild macrocytic anemia that is very stable and my platelets were over 400,000 on my reduced dose of ciclosporin. WBC is normal and ALC is still a touch low, which I figure is still the residual effect of rituximab from 6 months ago.

My blood chemistries including the measures of kidney function and the test for the risk of gout (all known nasty side effect of ciclosporin), are all nice and low. Even my blood pressure is good.

So the plan is reduce the ciclosporin once again, then try to stretch out the IVIg. I see Dr. Kipps in a few days to go over the bone marrow biopsy and map out my plan.

The new MR machine to image my gut nodes won't be online in the hospital until the end of May, so I am waiting for that critical piece of data.

But is all good news.

Not so for my home team.

On the ice it is a different story. The LA Kings have been scored on 6 times in each of the last two games, and even allowed a historic collapse blowing a 4 goal lead in game 3. And this happening to a team build around a strong defense. It has been painful to watch the games at Staples Center. It is tough to be a Kings fan, especially in Orange County, home of the Ducks who have won a Cup.

Down 3-1 in a 4 game Stanley Cup playoff series, it is do or die tonight.

I will be at the fun Redondo Beach Cafe where hockey and Montreal style food is king to watch the game on TV from San Jose with my son Ben and some friends.

I am still routing for a rematch of the 93 finals between my two favorite teams, Montreal and LA, this time with a different outcome.

Go Kings Go! Go Kings Go! Go Kings Go!

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Blogger E. Kostich said...

I wish I could share your zeal for the Kings, but given that I was born in Dearborn back in the 60s, I find myself continuing to favor the color red.

April 24, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope for the Kings. Bobby was T'RIFFIC. Another 5-6 years maybe he will come back again, (in which case I will be quite old, ahem, aged, yet very respectable.)

Best wishes, Brian. Alison.

April 25, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new MR machine to measure nodes.....does that mean that we can get away from using the CAT scan to do that? The (CAT) gives too much radiation. I would like another option. Please tell me more about this new machine. THANKS.

April 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

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