Ken Ivey
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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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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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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  Ken Ivey
T-Minus 18

Yikes - controlled chaos. But just about ready to sack out and get a few hours before taking off in the morning. Prayers for safe travel are appreciated. Also, please share with anyone you think would be interested. I'll try not to bore anybody. Like now. lol....

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T-Minus 48

Lot of stuff on my list got done this morning, mostly outside stuff - raking leaves for the chickens to compost, ensuring warm drinking water for them in freezing weather, etc. Inside, checking and rechecking security camera email/app alerts, setting up animal care, last minute packing etc. Got most of this done, then it starts to snow. So I took a nap. :) Now if I could just get some "work" work done. I think I'm ready for this.

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New Calendar Event
Transplant
5
My previously harvested stem cells will be reintroduced This event has one date:
• Tuesday, Dec. 5
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New Calendar Event
Chemotherapy
2
A massive dose of Chemotherapy will kill all of my stem cells thus destroying the Myeloma This event has one date:
• Saturday, Dec. 2
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New Calendar Event
Evaluation
29
Once again I will be screened before treatment can proceed This event has one date:
• Wednesday, Nov. 29
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New Calendar Event
Harvest Time
21
Stem cells will be harvested much as plasma would be at a blood bank These will be filtered and reintroduced after a massive dose of chemotherapy in the next phase of treatment This event has one date:
• Tuesday, Nov. 21
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