Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Here we go again

Hello all, New updates here. We went to G'ville for Glenn's regular check on his labs. His platelet count remains in the low area, (46,000 with normal being 150,000 to 200,000). Nothing new there. His anemia seems to be stable with the shot he gets every week for it. But is seems that the numbers for his disease are on an upward trend, enough so that the Dr. wants to start chemo treatment again. We go back to G'ville tomorrow for Glenn to have a bone marrow biopsy to determine what the course of treatment will be. We should have the results by Friday so we can know what we're looking at. He will not be hospitalized for either the biopsy or the treatment and it's not going to be another stem cell transplant, but some combination of chemo and steroids. We don't really know what the effects will be on him. Just have to wait and see. It kind of took the wind out Glenn's sails because he has been doing so well. The disease doesn't really make him feel bad, at least not so far. What was making him feel bad, besides the chemo, was the effects of the kidney failure. But since he's been on dialysis he's felt much better. Really, though, we expected this would happen sooner or later because the disease isn't curable, but the goal is to manage it so that it stays in remission for a period of time and doesn't affect other organs. So that's what we'll be working for now with the new round of treatment. 
 This kind of puts a big question mark on what he will be able to do while on the treatment, like will he be able to do more seminars, and other things he has planned relating to customer service. Also we are wondering how this will affect our trip out west in October. We are back to day-to-day living. We're not complaining at all, just having to readjust our thinking of expectations.
You all are such a comfort to us, knowing that you are following his progress with prayer and concern. I will not stop telling you all how much we appreciate you and your love and concern shown to us. So you just need to get used to that! What would we do without you all, I don't know.  <3

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