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My M-protein level is basically the same as last month, and my oncologist thinks things have probably stabilized. This is both good and bad news: Stable is obviously good, but on the other hand, we’d have preferred things to stabilize at around zero, not 0.33.

Still, he’s fairly satisfied since everything else is in its normal range. Satisfied enough that we’re tentatively deep-sixing the Evil Dex, anyway. Hooray! Hopefully this means that my sleep will return to normal and I might be able to lose some of the weight I’ve put on since I started taking it. We’ll see.

In case you’re curious, I feel fine these days. In fact, ironically enough, my health is as good as it’s been in years if you don’t count the multiple myeloma. That’s a big “if,” of course, but I’ll take what I can get. And if I stay off the dex for good, I’ll feel even better.

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