Jeff finished his last treatment this evening! Yay!! So, he is officially done with Round One. Now, they must observe him for 24 hours to make sure he can eat, drink, and walk on his own. They also have to monitor his temperature and blood pressure because he can only be released if they are in the normal range. If not, they'll continue to observe him. If all goes well, it looks like he'll be discharged on the 24th.
The only other (minor) set back--if you can even call it that--is that his blood counts came back "low." This is to be expected because chemotherapy impairs the body's ability to effectively and efficiently produce new white and red blood cells. The doctor said counts can be "mildly low," "moderately low," or "severly low." He said Jeff is "right in the middle." Therefore, Jeff will have to have a daily shot of a drug called "Neupogen" to bring his white blood count up. He'll also have to have a weekly shot of a drug called "Procrit" to increase his red blood count. He had his first dose of both drugs earlier this evening. The good news is that even if his counts remain "low" it will not necessarily compromise his ability to start the next round of treatment. Sounds like they will forge ahead regardless!
And speaking of good news . . . Jeff may not lose his hair to chemotherapy after all. People undergoing chemotherapy frequently lose their hair. However, the nurse told me today that people with Jeff's chemo combination do not always lose their hair and sometimes just have a little bit of "shedding" or thinning. Some people do not lose their hair at all. Of course, some people do lose their hair, but it sounds like it is not at all a certainty and that odds are better than not that he won't. So, I guess I should not have been so quick to shave my head in a show of solidarity. Just kidding! Ha Ha!
I'll update everyone again tomorrow. In the meantime, please read Jeff's post below!