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  •  First of all, PK, (2+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate, ZenTrainer

    that is great news about the scan!

    This diary resonated with me on so many levels. Yesterday was moving day for the Smiths, so we were without internet for 36 hours. Oh, the torture. Anyway, I am just now back online and checking in on MNCC.

    I am impressed by the clarity of your prose, especially since you wove together stories related to gifts, talismans, and philosophy.

    I have multiple myeloma, a blood cancer of the plasma cells in my bone marrow. My treatment currently requires monthly lab visits to measure the status of the disease and its effect on the balance between my white, red, and platelet blood cells. So, I see my doctor often.

    Recently, I changed doctors. My small town does not have a resident oncologist. My previous doc and I got along well. When his contract as visiting oncologist expired, he chose to concentrate on his practice in Portland. He is approaching retirement age and thought it was time to discontinue his weekly commute along the treacherous Columbia Gorge Highway.

    I have been an easy patient for this doctor. My cancer continues to be stable following a stem cell transplant in 2008. Nonetheless, there is always a slight trepidation as I go for a consult following the monthly lab tests. Yet, for nearly four years I never had what could be called a "bad" lab. The numbers have fluctuated and we have tweaked things, but basically his philosophy is "less is more."

    I appreciate this work ethic with respect to my treatment. At my final appointment with him after Thanksgiving, I gave him some bamboo wind chimes in appreciation of our patient/doctor relationship. Now, I hope when the breezes stir them he will think not only of me but of his own good soul.

    Thank you PK for the inspiring diary.

    BTW, my wife is a Michigan alum. All our dishes are still in boxes and, of course, we had no TV due to the move. We went to a local sports bar for the game. Though Michigan lost, it was a thrilling game decided by good play, not mistakes or referees. Well done Blue!

    •  Good to see you, jes, and I hope that the worst (1+ / 0-)
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      jesmith2

      of your move is past. 36 hours! I'm honored that checking in here is early on your to-do list.

      I like the "less is more" approach; makes good sense to me. How kind of you to give your doc a farewell gift, and such a lovely one to boot. May your new doctor and you establish just as solid a rapport, and just as effective a treatment regimen.

      Yes, it was a good game. Louisville was the stronger team in the end, but UM played well. Hope it won't be quite as long a wait till next time.

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:05:44 PM PDT

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