Monday, December 7, 2009

I'm getting sick and tired of being sick and tired...

Day 11 of this cold, which remains in my chest and sinuses. No real change -- it doesn't get worse, but it doesn't get better. I don't have a fever, there's no sign of infection or anything like that -- but I don't have the immune system needed to clobber it.

I'm getting very tired of coughing all the time. I remember when I had just left the hospital earlier this year, I was literally coughing about 200 times a day. I remember starting to go stir crazy from it. I'm not there, but I'm probably at 75 times a day and it's very irritating.

I could tell last night that I was going to have trouble sleeping so I took an Ambien and I got a good six+ hours. I don't want to become reliant on the stuff but I had to get rest to break the cycle.

The plan, based on feedback from some of you here and some other folks as well, is to use Tylenol PM tomorrow night and see what that does. I may also, depending on whether or not the clinic approves this, take the dex at night instead of in the morning, with the hope that I will be wired on Wednesday morning and that by Wednesday night it will be hopfully on its way down. If I can get by with 1-2 nights a week of Tylenol PM, that would be great. However I don't want to screw up the cadence of administration -- the dex, Revlimid and Velcade synergies are important so I'm going to clear this concept with the clinic.

Have a good week, folks! At some point soon, I'm going to post all my blood numbers over time so that we can look at the impact the therapy has had on everything. I'm sure you will be on the edge of your seat waiting for that! :P