Jeff sailed through day 3 of chemotherapy. No chills, no shaking--he took it like a champ! He had a restless night of sleep though. The nurse told us that the Interleukin-2 (Proleukin) can make patients jittery, anxious, and restless, so this, coupled with the fact that Jeff has slept for the past three days, caused him to be awake most of the night. However, he is sleeping very well now and will definitely make up for it by sleeping most of the day, I'm sure.
The only other thing that is at all noteworthy is that he had a big drop in blood pressure last night (it was 75/47). He ate a hot fudge sundae from McDonald's and it immediately went back up to the normal range. So, I guess McDonalds isn't all bad and their blood-pressure-raising food can have a therepeutic effect in the right context!
Otherwise, we are waiting for the doctor to make his rounds and check on Jeff. In the meantime, we are also waiting for the results of a blood test to determine the amount of "creatinine" in Jeff's blood. This will determine to what extent, if any, Jeff's kidneys have been affected by the Cisplatin chemotherapy drug. Cisplatin is derived from platinum and I guess your kidneys get all offended when they have to clean platinum out of your system. If the blood tests show that Jeff's kidneys are having a hard time, the doctor will decide how to handle the next (and last) administration of Cisplatin tonight.
Also, just for fun, I'm including a link about the Groshong Catheter. http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient_education/pepubs/groshong.pdf This is the tube they placed in Jeff on Day 1 before they started the chemo. I found out yesterday that the tubes are actually threaded to/through Jeff's heart! Yikes! I'm glad I didn't know that before they took him downstairs to have it installed. I would have been a lot more concerned. Oh well. This is a good example of "what you don't know, can't hurt you." He's doing fine and experiencing no pain or adverse effects from the catheter whatsoever.
Finally, I now have access to our new medial apartment. It is very nice and the accommodations will be perfect for our needs. So, our new address in Houston is:
8181 Fannin, #2514
Houston, Texas 77054
We will not be there on a regular basis until Jeff is released from the hospital on either the 23rd or 24th. I don't have a phone number yet. I will likely be getting Jeff a cell phone later this week. Right now we share my cell phone that I use for work, so I would like him to have one of his own that he can use all the time here in Houston. When I have a phone number, I'll let you know. You can always contact me directly by e-mail, as well, at firstname.lastname@example.org I check this account often. If you have been e-mailing Jeff directly, he has been getting those messages. I check his accounts for him everyday and read his messages to him. I also read him all of your blog comments and the guestbook entries on the familyfund site. It is the highlight of his day (next to talking to his kids, of course!). Although he did enjoy that hot fudge sundae quite a bit . . .
The prayers are working. Keep it up! We need each and every one of you!