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 http://www.archstoneapartments.com/apartments/texas/houston/archstone_medical_center/default.htm
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!!