Monday, September 15, 2008

Humorous Message Boards

I get such a kick out of folks on the Geron Yahoo Message Board speculating about their stock’s prospects from a humor oriented blog. If you go to the message board and search for LPC there is more humor to be found there than in this drool. I got the biggest kick out of speculations like: “LPC has left the trial and is on the verge of death… LPC is DYING and you can see it on his blog…” In all fairness it is certainly true that I will die some day. I wonder how many of these folks I’ll outlive though. I also don’t think there is any question that my disease progressed while I was on the trial. Bone marrow MRIs done pre & post trial indicated a change in “involvement of the central bone marrow with multiple myeloma” from “30-40%” to “more than 50%” respectively. From the response markers (M-spike, Serum FLC expression, 24 hr Urine FLC/PEP & skeletal survey) monitored on the trial I had stable disease (less than 25% variation) until the last cycle. I was playing tennis 3 days a week until I busted my arm, which in hind sight was not so shocking. I have known about the condition of my humerus for almost 3 years. It still hurt and clearly caught me off guard.

I have to admit that Securities Fraud never crossed my mind until posts like “Anybody who references LPC is a Pump and Dump Scammer” got me thinking about pumping and dumping. If an idiot like me could pump and dump a stock then there is clearly either a lot of other idiots out there or a bunch of stock holders that don’t do very sound research on their investments.

No I have never got a call from a lawyer telling me to shut up, thank you very much. I'll bet the Geron lawyers are not idiots.

Still Smiling,

LPC

Sunday, September 07, 2008

I'm Back

The door is closed on the humerus radiation.

The next day I moved on to Carson Mineral Hot Springs Spa for several days of glorious pampering with lots of mineral baths and body raps and a few tailored massages to help with the tension of being "one armed."

It was 107 F (42 C) so we went to a snow fed swimming hole, Dog Creek Falls. I can't imagine going near that water if it wasn't so darn hot out.

On the way to the Oregon coast we stopped at Multnomah Falls.

The Oregon Coast was glorious as always. We spent 5 days right on the Pacific in a huge house with Lu's immediate family (Ma and all her sisters and their families). It was a wonderful family reunion. We got to escape to walk the tide pools, watch the whales, and do a bit of bird watching.

Right in the middle of it all Lu and I renewed our vows in a heartfelt ceremony at Unity by the Sea in Glendeden Beach.

We flew back just in time for the fall semester to start and a mad rush to submit a NSF proposal. For the geeks in the crowd we do fluid flow investigations using holographic imaging techniques - need I say more?

On the MM front my blood bounced back from an 8.1 hemoglobin to an 11.8 while I was vacationing! Yea ha. My humerus has healed remarkably well according to the x-rays (and the surgeon I met with this afternoon).

I started Rev/dex today. Maybe all this hemoglobin, dex and good news is why I have so much more energy than usual!?

I'm anxiously hoping the GRN will really begin showing it's colors now. A nice long lasting (40 year) remission :-)