Sorry for the dead air these past couple of days. Poor Jeff still does not have internet access in the apartment and I have been tending to all kinds of things since returning home on Saturday. The good news is that you haven't missed much. Jeff has been recuperating under the 5-Star care of his Mom and has begun eating and taking walks ahead of schedule. (Remember, this is supposed to be the "lazy" week of rest and relaxation--he's supposed to start "training" for Round Two next week).
Jeff was still very tired and still wasn't eating well when I left. On Friday, his white blood counts were quite low (1,300), but he seemed to really turn the corner on Sunday. When I talked to him on the phone his voice was strong and animated. Before, he talked like he was trying not to wake a sleeping baby--very soft and quiet. On Sunday, he said he felt 100 percent better than he did the day before and that he ate waffles, soup,--three regular meals and even some cake that some visitors dropped off! He continued this streak today. He's been eating very well and gaining strength and stamina. He had more blood tests today and, based upon how well he felt, he was sure that the Neupogen shots had put his white blood counts back into the "normal range." Unfortunately, we got the results of his blood tests and he's not quite there yet. The normal range is 4,000 to 10,000. Today, Jeff's were at 3,900. He was a little disappointed. Jeff is an overachiever and cannot stand being below average at ANYTHING. On the bright side, his white blood counts tripled in only three days. He's going back in to have them tested again on Wednesday. So, say a prayer that they jump up to the 10,000-plus benchmark that the doctor established for him.
In the meantime, I tried to delay this post in anticipation of some more good news wholly unrelated to Jeff's treatment--my brother John and sister-in-law Anni are likely having their baby girl today! Yay! I can't wait. I've already given all my siblings TWO nieces--after having so many nephews it's about time someone returned the favor! As of yet, there is no word on the baby, but I'll be sure to share the good news when she arrives.
I had my regular monthly check-up for our baby today and he is doing very well. He is our squirmiest baby yet and is growing right on schedule (Thanks in no small part to my nurse-friend Barbara who prescribed daily Luna Bars and protein drinks for me!). My obstetrician encouraged me to consult with an OB in Houston in the event I encounter complications while I am down there with Jeff. He was more than happy to help me find a colleague with whom he can collaborate in the event I need obstetrical help in Texas. He is a great doctor and we are forever grateful to him for the professional judgment, care, and effectiveness with which he delivered our other son, Jack. He saved his life--no doubt about it. So, Thank You, Dr. Matthew Lee!!
And while I'm handing out Thank Yous--I can't forget Brendan Gardiner and Katie Clancy et al for spearheading the donation of frequent flier miles to help my family travel to Houston and back. Brendan, if this whole Law Thing doesn't work out, you definitely have a future as a travel agent! Ha! You have been a tremendous help and I have been touched by your generous assistance because I know that as a father, yourself, you understand Jeff's urgent need to be with his children. So, Thank You Thank You Thank You for making it possible!
Much Love, Kelly