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  Ken Ivey
Ken Ivey
What’s New With Ken?

Friday, October 4, 2019

Greetings - and thank you for being so patient between updates.  They say no news is good news, right? Pretty accurate in my case.  I’ve been in remission for most of the last 21 months, but the disease has cropped back up over the last 3 months (expected) so while I didn’t want to break the bad news, a few of my clients started to wonder when I mentioned trips to the Milwaukee VA.   

As you may know, I did updates on GoFundMe (general cancer)  and MyLifeLine (transplant procedure), but I thought to avoid confusion it’d

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  Ken Ivey
August 2018 update

Here's the latest on my treatment / condition: As you may know, I have monthly visits to the Milwaukee VA for treatment and tests. I'm currently getting a monthly IV for a bone-strengthening medication which is not chemo (I take that via pill daily) but is dangerous enough for the nurse to have to wear protective gear, lol.

Got to see Dr. England (ortho) who wanted to check up on my hip, so they took x rays and everything is still in good shape so far. Aside from a few minor mishaps, I'm trying hard to limit stress on the area. I mean, who really wants a hip replacement, right? Dr. Engla

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  Ken Ivey
Three Weeks Out

Good morning! Today marks three weeks since I’ve been home from the transplant center in Nashville, so I thought it’d be a good idea to update everyone.

It felt weird being home at first, probably because I’d settled into the ‘outpatient transplant’ life so well. But it was really good to see our animal family, though I have to maintain a good distance from our chickens for the time being. Also nice to sleep in a familiar bed. :)

I haven’t been getting out much - trying to avoid sick people - but I have been to a few small Chamber of Commerce meetings and had

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  Ken Ivey
Day 51

(traveling all day yesterday, hence the delay)

Well, this day didn't go exactly as planned - my exit appointment was delayed by an hour and then turned into two appointments. No matter, we were released - just later than we'd have liked.

Krystal came back to help pack and it was all we could do to pack everything into the car. Glad we had the help - we then convoyed with Krystal back to Kentucky since we were going right past her place.

Oh - was so tired before that I forgot to mention that after dinner with Wes & Laura we dropped Josh off at his place in Murfreesboro. He's been a godsend,

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  Ken Ivey
Day 50

Didn't do much all day, but got to visit a good friend this evening. Robin packed up a few things, and we'll pack up the rest tomorrow morning in anticipation of my release.

Very tired now, so good night world.

  Ken Ivey
Day 49

Got a good night's sleep! Robin was kind enough to snap a photo of me in my (now) natural state. Can't wait until my good looks return. :)

Robin and I headed to Murfreesboro so I could go to my favorite church - but this was the one weekend a year that they take off and encourage worship at home. Just my luck, I'd forgotten about that. Told my pastor I'd come back when it got warmer, lol!

Since we were out and about, I decided to take the long way back to Nashville, and we drove through Franklin TN's town square. That's one little town that's retained its charm through the years.

As we wer

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  Ken Ivey
Day 48

Got a decent night's sleep, but woke too early. Decided to go to the gym and get my treadmill time in. Then I took a shower and went back to sleep. :)

Robin had a touch of cabin fever so we drove to the "Factory" in Franklin. It's an eclectic collection of shops in an old factory building repurposed as a sort of indoor main street. Stayed there for a few hours and made our way back to Nashville in time for dinner.

Now I'm good and tired, hoping I can stay awake long enough for bedtime.

Hoping to make it to Church tomorrow.

  Ken Ivey
Day 47

Just about wrapping up here I think, as far as transplants go. Went to all of my appointments and haven't heard any bad news yet. :)

This is the Tuesday appointment I'm really looking for.

Some heart stuff. Guess I still have one.

And a breathing treatment to administer meds for preventing pneumonia.

I'm going to try and stay in the room hopefully. There are a ton of people in Nashville for some ball games. Like maybe a hundred thousand expected. Not far from the hotel. (As if Nashville isn't busy enough).

Wish me luck, and thanks for your prayers. Blessings to all.

  Ken Ivey
Day 46

Didn't do much today. A little paperwork. A little time on the cycle. Mostly watched TV.

Hoping for a productive day tomorrow and plenty of tests.

  Ken Ivey
Day 45

Spent a good deal of time this morning going over a form for submitting a claim for VA disability, since it appears my malady is more likely than not due to exposure to some unsavory items during Desert Storm. Not sure what will come of it, but folks at the VA seem to think I should try. Since it's so important, I'm researching the best way to make the process of evaluating the claim as simple as possible.

Took a break from the process to have a bite of lunch at a place Josh found a few days ago. The food was delicious and the coffee was pretty good. Glad they had lots of nooks to hide aw

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