Hi all! Well, I'm feeling really good and so I wanted to take the opportunity to post a personal note on the blog. One of the side effects of the biochemo is that it is hard for me to think straight. It's been difficult to even read, and those of you that know me know that's saying a lot. Now I'm thinking much clearer and have pounded through about 100 pages of the sixth Harry Potter books (one of the books I brought along to read) in the last couple of days. I also put together an article for work.
Now I have about a week before I head into the hospital for round 2. The doctors say to eat, eat, eat, and then eat some more. It actually is kind of hard, especially for someone who isn't used to eating a whole lot to begin with. I have gained two pounds since yesterday, though, and I'm drinking about 1000 calories a day in milk and juices alone so that's got to help. My mom is keeping me surrounded with lots of good food, as are some new local friends who have supplied us with delicious cookies, protein mix, and other goodies. The doctor said I should try to gain 15 pounds before the next treatment. I don't know if I'll succeed, but I'll make the effort!
Kelly has done a great job of keeping you appraised of my doings, so I don't need to report much. The main thing I'd like to say is THANK YOU to all of you. Your prayers, notes of encouragement, and kind actions are doing so much to keep my mind focused on the positive. I can't possibly thank everyone individually for all they're doing so please know that you are each in my thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving every night.
Finally, I'd like to give a shout out to Aubrey, Regan, and Jack. I miss you guys a lot and can't wait for you to get here tomorrow. The thing that makes me the angriest about this whole business is that it has to affect you kids. That's not fair. We'll try to make up for it a bit by having a really good time here in Houston.
Well, the line is backing up here at the computer lab at the apartment complex so I've got to go. Thanks again for all your prayers and support. They mean a lot.