Monday, November 28, 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The blood draw a couple days later revealed that my Immunoglobulin A had dropped 600 points from 7100 to 6500.  OMG!  When Dr. Gonzalez shared this news, I began babbling nonsensically.  All I could say was “I’m so happy. I’m so happy.  I can’t believe this.  Thank you.  I’m so happy.”  Dr. Gonzalez said “I’d say your myeloma is getting whacked”.  I literally fell to my knees when I shared the news with my husband (I didn’t think about it but a prayer position just seemed to make sense).  I couldn’t believe it.  The therapy was already working.  I spent two years on the Gerson Therapy with no significant results and, after one month with Dr. Gonzalez, my disease was regressing.  Never, in my wildest, most optimistic dreams, did I expect to see improvements in one month. 
Dr. Gonzalez advised me to take some iron to address the low hemoglobin.    
Let me explain…  I have IGA myeloma.  The normal range for IGA is 70-400 and mine has been at 7,100 for the last year and a half.  The fact that my IGA dropped from 7,100 to 6,500 is a huge improvement. 
Both my red blood cells (RBC) and white blood cells (WBC) have been out of range for the last three and a half years as a result of my disease (my disease is in the bone marrow where red and white blood cells are made).  The fact that my WBCs jumped from 2.7 to 3.9 in one month is significant.  My white blood cells haven’t been above 3.2 in over three and a half years.  The normal range for white blood cells is 4.0 to 10.5, so, I am very close to being in the normal range. 
I was initially concerned, however, about my hemoglobin dropping but once we saw that my myeloma was dying off, we knew the decrease in hemoglobin had to be related to something other than my disease, like being iron deficient.
IGA count: 6500 (normal 70-400)

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