Jeff's been feeling terrible the past few days and I was just about to admonish anyone who's been slacking on their prayer duties, but he had a surprisingly good blood test today, so you're all off the hook! There. Break's over-now get back to prayin.' Ha!
Unfortunately, Jeff has recently been experiencing some of the more distasteful side effects he managed to dodge during the last round. The worst of it has been the nausea and throwing up. He's lost a lot of weight (he's down from 155 lbs. to 138 lbs.!), but he has nine or ten days before he starts the next cycle, so that's plenty of time to fatten up and regain his strength. He's been completely exhausted and has slept for most of the past two days. He was pretty sure today's blood tests were going to come back "too low" given how bad he feels, so he was pleasantly surprised to find out that his white blood counts had returned to the normal range and he could stop taking the Neupogen shots. In the meantime though, he continues to feel nauseous and exhausted and I continue to wonder if he might not be PREGNANT (his symptoms are suspiciously familiar . . .).
Speaking of being pregnant, the baby and I had his routine monthly check-up today. Dr. Lee said that he's doing fine--he has a strong heart beat and is moving a lot. I really hope that Jeff is able to be there when the baby is born. However, I also hope that he gets to stay in Houston to complete the full six cycles of bio-chemo and I realize that those two hopes may create a conflict. The baby is due May 22nd and Jeff's last treatment cycle will likely end either a few days before that or a few days after that. Most importantly, please pray that Jeff's upcoming scans show "substantial reduction" of the tumors and that the treatments are working. I'd much rather have him stay in Houston and get well!
In the meantime, Jeff will hopefully receive an emotional boost from seeing the kids again soon. I will be taking them back down to Houston from the 23rd through the 26th for another visit. They are very excited to see their Dad. They mark time in relation to when they will see him again ("That's the day before we see Daddy" or "We get to do that two days after we see Dad."). They are trying very hard to be good and to adjust to all the changes and disruption to their routines. I'm very glad they have each other right now--that's been their one constant through all this.
Well, I'll continue to keep everyone updated as information becomes available to me. Jeff has been too tired to talk on the phone, so there hasn't been much to report. Right now, he is focused on rest and recovery. Pray that he gets both in abundance!