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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Aredia + Valtrex -Velcade + Revlimid + Lyrica + B6

We went for Al's monthly visit to the doctor yesterday. The equation above is the short version of what is going on with Al's medication right now. He has been getting monthly IV treatments of Aredia to strengthen his bones for about 18 months and this will continue, probably the rest of his life. He has taken Valtrex for over a year to hold off any outbreak of viral infections like Shingles. The Velcade is the nasty chemo that caused his neuopathy. So nix that and add the Revlimid, instead. Add to that Lyrica which is suppose to help reverse the effects of neuopathy.

After suffering for another month with the dibilitating pain in his legs, feet and one arm - the doctor has doubled his dose of Lyrica since it didn't seem to help much and added Vitamin B6.

Al seems to be one in thousands who have had this kind of reaction to the Velcade. So, therefore, any new drug that comes out along the same formula as Velcade, he will not be able to take. But, there are other types of drugs being developed.

For now, he is at an acceptable level with the cancer, that hopefully can be maintained with the Revlimid for an extended period of time. As long as he does not develop any further deterioration of the bones, we can live with this - minus the neuropathy.

The doc says the neuropathy will reverse itself - it will just take some time. I have tried to convince Al to take his pain medication on a regular schedule to reduce the amount of time he has to suffer, but he is uneasy about becoming dependent and sometimes waits too long between doses. I believe the pain has eased somewhat, but it is very slow progress.

Please pray that he would find some relief from this pain and that the neuropathy would begin to reverse itself. Pray for Al's frame of mind, as it is hard to maintain a positive attitude when you are in constant pain. Pray for Al at work, that God would be with him there to counsel him in the way to handle all situations and all people. Pray for God to guide Al and I along the path He has chosen for us. Not just walking that path, but joyfully skipping and singing and encouraging others along their paths, as well.

I hope that each of you have a blessed Christmas holiday with those that you love. I pray for God to reach each heart with His Saving Grace and bestow the gifts of peace and contentment upon you this joyous season.

We are giving God the glory for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us in 2008. Time to spend with our 3 wonderful kids, 7 fabulous (and good-looking) grandkids, sisters, brothers, mother, dad, all our friends. A home to shelter us. Vehicles to drive, a job to sustain us. A church to support us.

But, mostly, a Heavenly Savior who has made it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and thereby, have the assurance of spending eternity with Him. This allows us to live in this disaster of a world with the hope of a better future.

Praise be to God in Heaven for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ.


Rusty said...

Thank you for the updates. We will continue to pray for Al.

Craig said...

Well I recommend you to use Cheap Valtrex it particularly works well on my case.

Hey good luck Al!!