August 2018 update

bone strengthener

Here’s the latest on my treatment / condition: As you may know, I have monthly visits to the Milwaukee VA for treatment and tests. I’m currently getting a monthly IV for a bone-strengthening medication which is not chemo (I take that via pill daily) but is dangerous enough for the nurse to have to wear protective gear, lol.

Got to see Dr. England (ortho) who wanted to check up on my hip, so they took x rays and everything is still in good shape so far. Aside from a few minor mishaps, I’m trying hard to limit stress on the area. I mean, who really wants a hip replacement, right? Dr. England mentioned that my case was what inspired him to pursue this course in his career – (he’d been mentored by the surgeon who did my ‘screw & glue’ procedure. It’s been successful on 66 patients across the US to date, many of whom have Multiple Myeloma.

In between appointments I wanted to visit a pastor who came to see me while I was hospitalized last year and has been on my mind lately. When we last talked, he mentioned that he suffered from Hodgekins, and recently received a stem cell transplant like the one I was (then) likely to get. His didn’t work. I found today that he died a few months later. This grieves me, that I didn’t touch base sooner – so friends, when you get a prompting, act quickly. We’re not promised tomorrow.

Blessings to you and yours from the Ivey family. Until next time…

Ken Ivey

Ken Ivey

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