IgG and M-spike both dropped 17% in the last 28 days, more than offsetting the increase of last month, and returning to levels that are typical of the stable plateau of the last two and a half years or so. Still on the pomalidomide (CC-4047) trial, I'm a happy camper. Please enjoy a beer for me.

Why did it go down? The better question is, why did it go up last month? Maybe because at that time I was recovering from two different virus infections and probably a related bacterial infection, and also had quite recently received my flu shot, the Magnum Jolt version for seniors.

Interesting: If it's true that IgG went up last month because of challenges to the immune system, then M-spike must have gone up for the same reason. Indeed, it's possible that the entire increase in IgG came from the M-spike component of IgG. Why would M-spike respond to challenges from intruding organisms? The answer is way above my pay grade.

Neutrophils: Again I had the CBC done at the local clinic on the afternoon before the visit to Mayo, because my neutrophil count seems to be much higher in the afternoon than in the morning. Also, just before the blood draw, I run up four flights of stairs and do some pushups, trying to squeeze out a little adrenaline, which is thought to tease the neutrophils out of their hiding places. Absolute neutrophil count was 2.5 K/uL, well into the normal range and WAY above the cutoff threshhold of 1.0. Yay.

Discussed with Dr KDS: Some Current Test Results:

Test    Sep 23    Oct 20    Nov 18    Dec 16     Remarks
M-spike g/dL 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.0 Best tumor measure?
IgG mg/dL 1070 1130 1300 1080 Best tumor measure?
L FLC mg/dL 2.58 2.78 2.92 2.41 L Free light chains
Calcium mg/dL 10.0 10.0 10.3 9.8 Below 10.2 is OK
Creat mg/dL 0.9 1.0 0.9 1.0 Kidney, OK
HGB g/dL 15.8 14.9 15.0 14.6 Hemoglobin, OK
RBC M/uL 4.43 4.31 4.26 4.23 Red cells, marginal
WBC K/uL 4.2 4.3 5.9 5.1 White cells, OK
ANC K/uL 1.60 2.14 2.30 2.50 Neutrophils, normal!

Related Links:

My Myeloma     A discussion of my myeloma, not very technical.
My Treatment History Not technical.
My Test Charts Graphic displays of several key test results over time.
My Test Result Table Somewhat technical. Best with a wide browser window.
My Supplement Regimen With links to where I buy them.