Tomorrow I have what the doctors call my restaging tests. They will run all day from approximately 8:45 AM until 5:45 PM and will determine how successful my stem cell transplant has been in controlling the multiple myeloma. The tests include a couple lengthy ones including an hour and a half MRI and a 2 hour PET scan which is similar to an MRI. Fortunately one is in the morning and the other late in the afternoon.
As you can probably guess, I am a little anxious about these tests for a number of reasons and would appreciate your prayers for patience and calm as I undergo the tests and for successful results which indicate that the cancer has gone into remission. There is a 50/50 chance for that to happen. Terri and I will continue to wait through the Christmas season as I will not know the complete test results until early January. As a friend pointed out, I guess we will certainly understand the meaning of the Advent season this year.
Terri and I got some great news when we went to the doctor this past Wednesday. He said that my most recent blood tests have indicated that two of the blood markers for multiple myeloma have gone down to levels that are almost indistinguishable. That certainly brightened our day!
Please pray that the all-day series of tests I have scheduled for next Wednesday will confirm this good news and that they will show that the multiple myeloma has gone into complete remission. We won't know the results of those tests until early January, but what a wonderful Christmas present that would be.