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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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How It's Going by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Mayo day was Monday. M-spike down to 1.39 from 2.0. Freelite ratio 2.47 (norm 1.65, was 21.o last April). So, in general the news is good. Had X-ray of pelvis...no fract ... Read on »
Surprise by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We had a surprise recently. On August 21 our daughter Emily had her baby four weeks early. She was supposed to have a c-section on Sept 23 but went into labor. Baby weigh ... Read on »
Belated Update by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Richard had his Mayo appointment on July 28. His m-spike was essentially the same after one cycle of his unconventional chemo regimen of melphalan, prednisone, and Velcade. ... Read on »
And More Baseball! by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Grandchildren following Richard off the field after first pitch Richard got to throw out the first ball at our minor league ballgame. His local oncology office spon ... Read on »
Fun by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Stranger, Sarah, Nathan, Grady I went to Adventureland yesterday. We've been doing this every summer since Sarah, the oldest, was old enough to ride the rides. Rich ... Read on »
Baseball and an Update by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The Fam at the game We had a good time on the baseball trip. It was very hot. The games were both exciting. The Cards won the last game with grand slam home run. ... Read on »
Vertebroplasty and Baseball by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Our family tee shirt design I'm writing this from our local hospital. Richard has just had the vertebroplasty. Too soon to know if it helped since he's still ... Read on »
Colorado by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I'm blogging from Keystone CO where I'm attending a nurse practitioner educational program. Unfortunately I forgot my camera or I could posted some pictures of the beauti ... Read on »
Setback by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Blood platelets (the little purple things) Well, the vertebroplasty is now on hold. Platelets yesterday were 24,000...Thanks Velcade! Richard has decided that ... Read on »
Better News by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Richard got a call from the oncologist on Friday. An interventional radiologist had reviewed his latest MRI. The radiologist feels that vertebroplasty could help. Woo woo! ... Read on »
Oxycontin by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Large hematoma after Velcade infusion. Apply more pressure next time, please I'm a little annoyed with Richard's local oncologist. He saw him yesterday and instead o ... Read on »
Worse Instead of Better... by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Richard started his new chemo regimen last week. Seems to be going ok, but unfortunately his back is no better. In fact, it's worse. Lots of pain in his left leg. An ... Read on »
Floods Continued by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Downtown Cedar Rapids from the only open bridge. The other 3 bridges are completely under water Unprecedented flooding here in Cedar Rapids. The water is starting to rec ... Read on »
Floods! by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We have been having major flooding here in the Midwest. In Cedar Rapids a record river crest is expected tomorrow. There is only one bridge open and traffic is terrible. ... Read on »
News from the North by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday was Mayo day. Richard managed to get around just fine with his trusty cane. But the news is not good. Positive CMV last time; no one bothered to tell us, but ... Read on »
New Myeloma Blog by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I found a new myeloma blog today. I put the address in the links. Andre is preparing for a MUD allo transplant. He's facing a difficult journey. Blogged with the Flo ... Read on »
Memorial Day by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I received a list of links from the AARP in celebration of Memorial Day. Check them out if you want to be inspired by the sacrifices that our service people have made f ... Read on »
Flock by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Well, Richard has been doing the radiation and so far no improvement. In fact, he's worse. It's really hard for him to walk. He has new pain in his shoulder; nothing seen ... Read on »
Green Leaves by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This is the view from my living room window. So good to see leaves on the trees again! Richard started his radiation treatments today. He goes Mon through Fri for two ... Read on »
New Myeloma Blog by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've found a new myeloma blog. Susie Hemingway was kind enough to comment on one of my recent posts. Her husband like mine has myeloma. She has written some beautiful poetry ... Read on »