Ken Ivey
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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Ken Ivey · Saturday, November 11, 2017
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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Ken Ivey · Friday, November 10, 2017
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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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 9, 2017
New Calendar Event: Transplant
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My previously harvested stem cells will be reintroduced
This event has one date:
• Tuesday, Dec. 5th
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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 9, 2017
New Calendar Event: Chemotherapy
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A massive dose of Chemotherapy will kill all of my stem cells thus destroying the Myeloma
This event has one date:
• Saturday, Dec. 2nd
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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 9, 2017
New Calendar Event: Evaluation
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Once again I will be screened before treatment can proceed
This event has one date:
• Wednesday, Nov. 29th
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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 9, 2017
New Calendar Event: Harvest Time
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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. 21st
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Ken Ivey · Thursday, November 9, 2017
New Calendar Event: Shots
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I will receive daily shots to induce overproduction of bone marrow and stem cells for harvesting
This event has one date:
• Friday, Nov. 17th
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