Jeff was finally discharged from the hospital today, so we are back at the apartment with limited internet access. Jeff had hoped to go home yesterday, but his white blood counts were too low (1,200). However, after only one Neupogen shot, they went back up to 6,300 today. He seems to be better overall at this point than he was last time. He has blood tests again on both Thursday and Friday and a follow-up appointment with Dr. Legha on Friday, as well.
Dr. Legha has been out of town since Monday, so his colleague, Dr. Kamble, has been checking on Jeff. Dr. Kamble, too, reiterated Dr. Legha's sentiments when he said that Jeff has been doing very well. In addition to being an oncologist, Dr. Kamble is also a hemotologist and has a specialized interest in stem cell and cord blood research. We asked Dr. Kamble if he recommended saving the baby's cord blood and whether it might not be beneficial at some point in Jeff's treatment. He explained that stem cell transplants have been unsuccessful in Melanoma patients, but that he wants to think about the cord blood issue and get back to us. He was very intrigued by our question and was hesitant to answer it without doing a little research. So, maybe I'm incubating Jeff's cure as we speak! Dr. Kamble said that because I am pregnant, we have a "unique opportunity that doesn't present itself everyday" so it will be interesting to hear what he thinks after he looks into the issue.
In the meantime, we continue to hope that Dr. Legha's bio-chemo regimen will do the trick and result in a complete and durable remission. Please keep praying for that.
I will be returning home to Milwaukee on Thursday to spend a week with the kids and Mary will be coming to Houston tomorrow for a care-taking shift. Jeff's an easy patient, so I'm sure it will be a nice reprieve from the kids' busy schedules. I'm excited that my mom will be coming to Milwaukee to help me on Friday. She'll stay through next week. After that, I'll likely bring the kids to Houston for another visit and beyond that, who knows. Right now I'm just happy that we've successfully managed one week at a time. Looking ahead to March or April seems like forever!
So, Jeff is now officially in "recovery mode" again--no fresh fruits/vegetables, plants, or flowers and he's taking it easy--gently nursing and encouraging his compromised immune system. I'll continue to keep you all posted from Milwaukee. In the meantime, thank you all for your continued interest and support. It, more than anything, is what keeps Jeff going.