That's what Jeff said as we were checking into the hospital last night. After a quick appointment with Dr. Legha, Jeff was eager to start the Second Cycle of treatment. Dr. Legha was impressed by Jeff's recovery between sessions and he was happy to hear that the kids came to visit him. Dr. Legha had another doctor visiting him from Italy, and as he checked Jeff over, he explained to the Italian doctor that Jeff's "subcutaneous nodules" are "very small" and that the lesions on his liver and near his kidney are also "quite small." So, we were encouraged to hear him talk about Jeff's disease in those terms. We're constantly grateful that even though Jeff's cancer is advanced and has spread (thereby making him "Stage IV"), the evidence of the disease is "small." We are hoping this translates into a better prognosis. Only time will tell . . .
We checked into the hospital for Round Two last night around 5:00 p.m. Jeff ate a big dinner from Subway and was back on the chemo by 9:30 p.m. last night. He slept well despite the constant interruption of nurses who came into the room to start his various drugs and take vital signs, etc. He has slept a lot today, but has also had periods of lucidity and alertness (unlike last time when he was basically comotose for the first two days!). I read his blog comments and website guestbook entries to him. They really make his day! He's now done with Day One of chemo and will start-up again tonight.
In the meantime, he's been able to drink a lot (which is good), but doesn't have much of an appetite. On the other hand, the Baby and I ate a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit from McDonald's this morning. :-) The Baby has been working it off all morning in a series of enthusiastic tumbles and rolls. This is easily the squirmiest baby we've had. (Aubrey, you are now a distant second!) I'm holding onto an irrational hope that all of this movement now will wear him out later so that he'll be docile and sleepy when he's born. I'm sure it's just the opposite. Oh well, being in the hospital with Jeff is great conditioning for the constant interruptions to sleep that the Baby will provide. And considering that the Baby's birth will mean an end to the terrible morning (noon and night) sickness I've been having, I actually look foward to it. I'd rather be tired than queasy any day! For those of you who don't know, I am one of the few and the proud who suffers from terrible, terrible morning sickness. And it lasts well beyond the first tri-mester--usually for a full six or seven months. This baby has really been something special in this regard. I was sick with all the other kids, but he has really outdone them! Jeff and I were even on the same anti-nausea medication for a while (Zofran). Awww. Isn't that sweet? :-) But, I haven't thrown-up since I've been in Houston, so that's good! OK, I'm going to change the subject before I gross everybody out!
Good Luck to Aubrey Kate who is auditioning for the middle school musical (The Wizard of Oz) tonight! She sang her audition song to me and Jeff while she was in Houston last week and she blew us away! We are very proud of her!
I'll post another update later. Until then, take care and thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers!