Ken Ivey
Ken Ivey · Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Day Eight

Sometimes, you just don't know what might happen.

Today I was scheduled to get my 'line' in the neck so make the collection process easier. It was rather uneventful but I do not like it one bit, as evidenced in the image below.

Robin & I had no longer gotten back to the room when I received a phone call. Apparently my lab results were so good that they wanted to start the collection process right away. Everybody there seemed pretty excited about it, so we returned to the VA and they plugged me in.

Several hours later we'd collected approximately 9 million stem cells, about 2.5 million over...

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Ken Ivey · Sunday, November 19, 2017
Day Seven

After a good night's sleep, woke and made my appointment this morning. Still had to pry open doors at main entrance of the VA hospital. Alternatively, I could have followed the sign's instructions to walk around the building to the emergency entrance. I'm a rebel. Robin stayed at the parking lot to gather more acorns that were freed by last night's storm.

Got my shots, then Robin & I went grocery shopping. Found a nice Kroger downtown, then dropped off the stuff at our room, then headed out for a nice Sunday drive through downtown and the surrounding area. Got to see the Parthenon,...

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Ken Ivey · Saturday, November 18, 2017
Day Six

Day two of shots went well, almost no traffic at the VA. In fact, had to pry the sliding doors open at the main entrance just to get in. Weird.

On the way out, Robin found some tiny acorns she can use in her artwork and jewelry.

Got a good nap in, then spent most of the afternoon watching movies. Feeling alright most of the time, but have some periods of significant pain. Only two more days of shots. :)

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Ken Ivey · Saturday, November 18, 2017
Day Five

Meant to do this last night but was really tired. Didn't really sleep well, so now I'm really, really tired. Uggh.

Got my first set of shots yesterday, didn't really bother me much but I did feel warm last night. Temp is normal.

Gonna run downstairs to see if I can catch breakfast. Might update more later, just tired now.

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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 16, 2017
Day Four

Most of the results of the previous days’ tests are in. Looks like this transplant will be moving forward.

Donna, our Nurse Practitioner that the VA lured away from Vanderbilt’s transplant program, spent a good hour going over the procedures, side effects, benefits, etc., and answered our questions. So tomorrow I begin the series of injections that will make me produce an over abundance of stem cells from bone marrow. Sounds like a good time. One of the drawbacks is that this may produce bone pain. Well, it’s been no stranger to me - it’s been pretty constant since this whole thing...

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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 16, 2017
Day Three

No appointments were scheduled for Wednesday, so I dropped off my stuff at the clinic and Robin and I headed for Murfreesboro to visit a few clients I hadn't seen in awhile. Also visited with Joshua for a bit. Made it back to the Homewood Suites in time for the evening 'social', aka free food. Had a biscuit. The Matrix was on tv, so I was compelled to watch most of it before crashing. A good day.

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Ken Ivey · Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Day Two

A few more appointments left me slightly radioactive. I guess that let's them see things better when taking pictures of the heart. Not to worry however, I'll be back to normal within 24 hours. David Banner usually didn't take that long. Maybe gamma rays work differently.

My second appointment today was with a VA social worker, she asked the typical background questions, but offered some valuable insight into Multiple Myeloma. It may be that this is a service-connected issue. She convinced Robin and I to fill out some paperwork to see if I might qualify. Service-connected issues...

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Ken Ivey · Monday, November 13, 2017
Day One

Day One started off really well. I was so tired from driving the day before that I got a really good night's sleep. Since I've never been to the Nashville VA Medical Center, I really wasn't sure what to expect. As far as facilities goes, it looks a little more dated than most of the Milwaukee VA. All of the doctors and nurses that I met today made up for the building’s shortcomings in friendliness. So did the other guests at the VA, but that's to be expected because we're down south.

This day was much like every day I had in the Army, the mantra was “hurry up and wait”. Those of you...

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