Hi all . . . Jeff here. Dr. Legha tweaked my antinausea prescription so I've been feeling much better the last couple of days. Still a bit tired, but at least I can eat. In fact, we're going to try to do a big pasta meal tonight. After several days of not eating due to the nausea, my weight was down to less than 135, which is what I weighed as a freshman in high school. So my focus from now until the next hospital visit is to eat, eat, eat. Hopefully the pasta will stick to my ribs and add a few pounds per day. I would like to get back up in the 150+ range.
I received word yesterday day that my blood counts are back to normal so I don't have to take my daily Neupogen shot. I give it to myself and it really isn't that difficult to do (fortunately), but I find that I don't like poking myself. It gives me a new appreciation for what diabetics must go through. I think of my grandma Bonnie (my dad's mom), who had diabetes for many years and had to give herself an old-fashioned injection every day. You do what you have to do, of course, but it isn't fun.
Not much else to report from this end. I'm spending a lot of time resting. It seems like I can lay down and nap at just about any time of day. It's probably because my red blood count is low and that takes longer to build back up (the Neupogen shot is for white blood count). I get a weekly Procrit shot for the red blood count but it takes four weeks to work effectively. The goal is to keep the counts high enough to continue the treatment schedule.
Thanks for all your posts, letters, and prayers. I've really been trying to focus on going through this just one day at a time, and your outpouring of support has helped me do that. Take care, Jeff
PS A special big thanks to everyone involved with the fundraiser next weekend. I'm humbled and amazed at what a production it is turning out to be. They'll be doing a feature article in the Wauwatosa News Time, and Mr. Kev from Kelly's band is doing radio interviews in town to get out the word. You don't know how badly I wish I could be there to join everyone. I think my mom and dad and the kids will be there, though, so the Dodd family will be well represented.