Monday, October 12, 2009


It is always nice when I am in the OR. I did two surgeries today with our new Chief Resident. They both went well. I do a lot of stone procedures using a lithotripter to non-invasively break kidney stones. The chief of orthopedic surgery found out that I also have experience using this technology to treat calicifications in tendons, specifically calcified tendonitits of the shoulder. Since then I have had numerous patients referred to me to get this procedure. It is still considered experimental, but has shown some promise in alleviating pain in these patients. I have always seen my role in life as alleviating pain, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual. That may be why I am still here.
For 2-3 weeks I have been feeling weak. This was why I ended up getting a heart biopsy last week to assure that it was not from rejection. Fortunately, it was not. I have improved in the past few days. It may have been a virus. I am now ready to begin Revlimid again, at a lower dose, to keep my amyloisosis controlled. I will probably be on one month then off one month. Hopefully, this will not lead to heart rejection. My light chains only increased a little since I have been off Revlimid for over a month. I was happy to see that. I am content and at peace because nothing has been left undone.



Darlene Anderson said...

I'm glad you're doing what you love doing....working and helping others; I'm also happy you've been able to weave this illness into your "real life". It seems this disease requires today, there tomorrow.

Mindy said...

I am glad to hear you are feeling better. I know what it is like to have you relieve my pain. To a person in pain, it is miraculous! Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are feeling better! How blessed are people to have you for their Doctor who knows both sides from Doctor to patient! You are truly a remarkable Person!