Wednesday, May 31, 2006
A Rose is a Rose
I have been writing fewer updates since there has been little to report. Of course that is a good thing, but it just intensifies the waiting game. Next month, I will have my first blood test to determine whether I am having a cytogenetic response to the Gleevec.
In the meantime, I was thrown for a bit of loop over the past couple of days. My side effects have now been minimal to nonexistant. Two days ago, I became really tired in the morning and took a 2-hour nap. I am not a napper and throughout this process, I have never felt tired. This was a little worrisome. Was I now getting a new side effect? The other strange development was that I started having a couple of bad leg cramps again. I had not had this side effect in about 6 weeks. I took some tonic water as suggested by my doctor. The next morning, I woke up with intense abdominal problems. I won't go into much detail here although you can use your imagination. It turns out that I caught the stomach bug that my youngest daughter had last week.
I guess when you have CML, you become hypervigilant to any physical symptom you might have. I am now over the bug within 24 hours and back at work. Sometimes a stomach bug is just a stomach bug.