John Ventura

First post: Sep 24, 2018 Latest post: Nov 22, 2018
Welcome to John's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. I will be updating this site and posting the link to FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM once a week on Sunday unless important updates are necessary.  

Now for the story.  In 2015 Dad was diagnosed with a Plasmacytoma.  This refers to a tumour consisting of abnormal plasma cells that grows within the soft tissue or bony skeleton. It can be present as a discreet solitary mass of abnormal plasma cells, in which case it is termed a “solitary” plasmacytoma or it can be present as part of myeloma.  In this case it had not developed into Myeloma yet.  He received radiation for that and was put on a maintenance plan to catch the development of Myeloma as early as possible.  

In late December of 2017 it was determined that Dad would need to start treatment for Multiple Myeloma.  Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects plasma cells. In multiple myeloma, malignant plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow (the soft, spongy tissue at the center of your bones), crowding out the normal plasma cells that help fight infection.

There was a set back in mid January from the treatment that effected Dad's kidney function.  He was in the hospital for about 10 days.  One of the things that has also happened is a Vestibular issue that would cause Dad to get really dizzy and fall.  That plus the normal Chemo side effects and mid-Summer bout of Pnemonia have weakened my Dad physically.  The latest even started late August.  One of the med's my Dad was prescribed for Anxiety/Depression related to having Cancer caused an unsafe drop in his sodium levels.  

The electrolyte imbalance caused all kinds of fun problems with Dad's cognitive functioning.  He was confused about time and people.  It was really hard.  But the doctors did a good job of getting his electrolytes back to normal.  The problem was that Dad was already week and frail before going to the hospital and the time in bed with no activity made it so Dad needed to go to a Nursing Home to rehab.  Now we get to the points where I am updating Social media.  I'll add those posts here once I get a chance.