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Teresa K. Patient Expert

Cedar Rapids, IA
I've worked in health care most of my life. I have a masters degree in nursing working most recently in a primary care clinic. My husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, in 1999.
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Milestone by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Today is the anniversary of my mother's death. She died in 1983 from complications of a stroke. I wish she was still here. There's so much I would like to te ... Read on »
VAD Update by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Richard got his venous access device today. They stuck him three times for his IV, so I guess it's a good plan. No problems except for nasty bruises around the incision sites. ... Read on »
A VAD for Christmas by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I quit my job last week, a rash, spur of the moment decision, so now I'm job hunting. Getting too old, maybe I should just retire. Too cold to retire in Iowa. The tempera ... Read on »
Tough Times in Healthcare by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Where I Wish I Was For some reason, my blogger sign in page loads in Spanish. After I sign in , it's ok but I've had no luck fixing it. Just another blogger/comput ... Read on »
Mobile Blogging by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I've been experimenting with blogging from my iphone. I took this picture of a lovely philodendron on my desk at work with my iphone camera. I then sent it to blogger vi ... Read on »
A Great Week by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Well, this week has been eventful! First Richard's potassium was way too high. He was in the hospital overnight Monday...was normal the next day after treatment with kayexa ... Read on »
Medication Errors by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training For the last wo weeks, Richard has not been eating, again. For some reason unknown to medical science, when he's not on steroids, he doesn't eat, loses weight, has low B ... Read on »
Sunday by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I spent the day putting away my Halloween decorations and blowing the leaves one more time. I saw a flock of dark eyed juncos at our feeders today. A sure sign of wint ... Read on »
He Didn't Get his Miracle by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Fred Baron died on October 30. He was 61 years old. I was surprised to read that he was born in Cedar Rapids Iowa, as was I. Read his obituary here. Read on »
Bits and Pieces by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training It's really cold and windy here today. It's even snowing! October 25 was the third anniversary of Richard's allo transplant. Still alive and kicking maybe not quite as ... Read on »
Sad Accident by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training My son's family cat Gizmo died last week in a sad accident. Gizmo was rescued from the Humane Society and was a very nice cat. He's gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He'll be ... Read on »
One Law for All of Us? by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Here is an article about a wealthy MM patient, Fred Baron, who received an experimental drug for myeloma after the manufacturer, Biogen, was lobbied by family friends Lance Ar ... Read on »
Truth in Advertising? by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training This ad appeared in our local paper today. Ads like this really annoy me. The ad invites you to 'build a relationship with a DOCTOR". Stephanie is not a doctor ... Read on »
Another Birthday by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training We celebrated grandaughter Sarah's 7th birthday today. I ate too much KFC. She got a Nintendo DS from Richard and I. Read on »
Myeloma Blogs by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I found some new myeloma blogs. LaCootina is in the midst of a stem cell transplant. Kevin is a very young man with a myeloma diagnosis. Multiple Myeloma for Dummi ... Read on »
Time Out for Whining by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Toonces Age 18 Susie Hemmingway - A Power Within posted recently about how she deals with her husband's disease, how she is an advocate for him, and stays cheerful des ... Read on »
The Leaves are Here! by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training < Tomorrow is the first day of fall and my maple tree is right on schedule. Leaves are already falling. It starts with this tree. About 3 - 4 weeks later the other mapl ... Read on »
Charlotte? by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Have to post my spider picture. She's living in the corner of my garage door. Read on »