I now refer to a Velcade cycle as a course. Not that I have learned anything, but as a token of a new found appreciation for a woman's monthly course. No my hot flashes are not accompanied by cramps unless the precursor to the powerful room clearing almighty wind counts. There are no unprovoked emotional expressions (at least as far as I'm concerned!) The blood lose is minimal, extremely sanitary (according to the phlebotomist) and so far the anemia is minor. I have learned not to expect any form of compassion or sympathy (especially from men). Proximity to clean porcelain altars is important. (I hydrate like a sea cow, but don't live in my urinal.) Chocolate, a warm bed and a good book help.
As for the boring details: Two courses down with nothing exciting to report other than reporting nothing exciting is exciting to me. Funny how the mundane becomes significant when threatened. My blood counts trend down for 2 weeks and then bounce back during my week off. On Friday every line in my CBC and CMP was within normal ranges. I'll learn next week if any myeloma significant markers have changed.
So, I'm off to see the wizard... with my orange buckets and plump veins.