We had a great day today. Things seem to have gotten easier day by day. Although Jeff didn't sleep well last night, he woke up around 7 a.m. this morning and watched mass on T.V. Ironically, it was a live broadcast from the Basilica at Notre Dame. I took it as a good sign (which I look for everywhere and in everything these days!). He took a nap and a shower and then decided he felt well-enough to go downstairs to the hospital chapel for "real" mass. This is no small feat considering he has to haul around 6 or 7 IV bags and a big IV stand/cart everywhere he goes. So, he took an elevator ride today and walked all the way to the chapel. He did a great job, but was exhausted when he got back to the room. However, he kept himself awake with hope that he would be sleepy tonight and not have a reprise of last night's wakefulness.
He talked to his Mom and Dad on the phone and we talked to the kids. Sounds like Aubrey and Regan are knitting up a storm. Way to go, Girls! Keep up the great work! After that, Jeff felt good enough to check his own messages and was very excited to read all of your comments and e-mails! Keep'em coming! He also watched part of the Chicago/New Orleans football game. Then, Dr. Legha stopped by to check-on Jeff and declared that he is doing great and has had "a very easy time of it." I'm sure it doesn't feel that way to Jeff, but I'm also sure Dr. Legha has seen people much worse off. He seemed encouraged by Jeff's progress and was glad to hear Jeff was eating ice cream sundaes.
Tonight, Jeff finished his last 2 doses of chemotherapy! His blood tests came back normal so he was able to take the Cisplatin as usual. He's on his last dose of Interleukin-2 and will finish that treatment tomorrow night. He also has to take one more shot of interferon tomorrow. After that, they must monitor him for 24 hours, so if all goes well, Jeff might be released on January 24th. After that, they will monitor his white blood counts to make sure he is not too susceptible to infection and to make sure he can bounce back for Round Two of treatment in two weeks.
So, keep praying. He needs all of your prayers so much. Because the drugs make him so sleepy and groggy, he said that he has trouble concentrating and thinking. (Note to Aubrey: When we come visit Dad let's make sure to play Scrabble with him since we might have a little bitty chance of finally winning! Ha Ha!). Although he hasn't been able to dwell on his circumstances (which has been good), he also hasn't been able to devote his mental energy to positive thoughts of shrinking and eradicating the cancer; staying strong; etc. So, he needs all of you to help him in this regard.
I know you'll come through for him!