Saturday, January 20, 2007

A New Day

Hi All!

What a difference a day makes! Dr. Legha came to see Jeff yesterday and took him off of the anti-nausea medicine that was knocking him out. By 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Jeff was alert for short periods and even ate two cups of applesauce and a cup of orange juice! Yay!! He ate a little bit of his dinner and talked very briefly to Jack and Regan on the phone last night (Aubrey was at a friend's house). He slept pretty well (except that the alarm on his stupid IV machine kept going off all night, so the nurse kept having to come fix it). He went through his second round of chemo last night and got his second doses of the immune boosters. He started shaking quite a bit in response to one of the chemo drugs. The drug induces fever and patients often get the chills for 15 or 20 minutes while they are working up the fever. The nurses can administer a shot to stop the chills and shaking, but Jeff very bravely refused it because the doctor told him that the more pristine the treatment remains, the better it will work, so it is best if he doesn't have to introduce other drugs to control side effects. Jeff was very tough last night and said "I'll do whatever I have to do" and refused the shot. His shaking subsided as expected and he had an otherwise uneventful night.

Even better, he got up at 9:00 a.m. this morning and felt well-enough to take a shower on his own. He chatted with me for a while and ate a banana. It was a really big morning for him. It's the most activity he has had in the last two days. However, he is again very tired and is sleeping as I write this.

I'm going to sign the lease on our medical apartment today. It sounds very nice. You might be able to look at it on-line by visiting

I'll update you all again soon. In the meantime, I want to thank my brother Jim for offering to leave at a moments notice to come take care of me in Houston while I take care of Jeff. It was really very sweet of him, but I'm feeling good and getting along fine right now and want to save such big offers of help for when I REALLY need them. I also want to thank Robin Cox for arranging play dates for the kids. Jack is very excited to go on his first "real" play date. I think the variety and distration helps the time go faster for the kids and really helps out. Thank You So Much, Robin. For EVERYTHING!!


Mary M Clay said...


Thank you for the update! Mom and I just read it, and are elated at Jeff's activity! How are you doing? Have you been able to sleep? It's a cold, blustery 6 degree day in Wauwatosa, but the kids are excited and ready for their play dates. Jack has already packed his backpack with the necessities: a full water bottle, a fresh warm muffin (Abe brought them over this morning. They were delicious!) and a picture of Jeff.
We love you!
Mary M and Mom (Mary)

mka said...

I am so happy that you guys got in to see the Houston doctors so soon, I was thinking that you wouldn't even have been down there yet according to your first appointment, so God works in mysterious ways. Let me know if you need anything. I hope you're getting some rest and eating well because I still worry about you too. I love you both. Mom

Rita said...

Dear Jeff and Kelly
We are so encouraged that you had a better day today. Kelly I hope that you are resting well at night as I am sure you are getting exhausted. It is so nice to hear that your friends and neighbors along with Jeffs Mom and Dad are taking such great care of the kids for you. God Bless them all. Before I sign off I just want to share a verse with you it comes from Psalms 55:22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
We love you both and continue to pray vigilantly for your full recovery. Big Hugs Dad and Rita

Michelle & Jeff said...

Kelly, I can't thank you enough for keeping us all updated. Your's and Jeff's strength and faith is so uplifting and inspiring for us all. I'm so happy to hear about Jeff's progress today. I can't help but feel a strong sense of hope that Jeff is going to beat this. I love you both very much!
Michelle D.

Regan Dodd said...

Dear dad & mom i miss you so much.
I cant wait to see you in two weeks. I love you so much.
Love Regan

Terri said...

Now I know why Jim wants to come and help Kelly, your medical apartment is awesome!! Just kidding, I also would come down at anytime if you need me. I am glad to see though that you are being well taken care of. Hope Finn is doing ok too. Love you all and thanks kelly for the updates.