Greetings from Milwaukee!
Jeff got out of the hospital on Wednesday, so I returned home on Friday. I want to send a big Thank You to my brother John and sister-in-law Anni for the great job they did tending to the kids and the house for the past week. I was totally impressed and wish they didn't have to go home to Kansas City. However, my other brother, Jim, is here now from Alabama and has made an effortless transition. We have a busy week ahead of us before I take the kids back to Houston next Saturday for Easter break. They are SO EXCITED to see their Dad!!
Jeff had blood tests on Friday and his counts are still very low. He's continued to take his daily dose of Neupogen (to increase his white count) and his weekly Procrit shot (to increase his red count). He's been tired and worn out with his blood counts so low, but he has still managed to talk on the phone to the kids every night, so hopefully he is on the up-swing. He has his blood tested again on Monday. Pray it all goes well. Pray too that he has good scan results on April 10th. On April 10th he'll undergo another CT scan to monitor the effectiveness of the biochemo and to see if the lesions have continued to shrink. If the CT scan shows continued shrinkage, Jeff will likely go back into the hospital on April 11th for his fifth cycle of biochemo. If the scan does not show further shrinkage, it sounds like Dr. Legha will abandon the biochemo and have to suggest a "Plan B." So, here we are again praying for "good" scans that will allow Jeff to keep going forward with treatment.
So far, it sounds like despite being tired and worn out Jeff is having an easier time this week than he did during his last recovery week after cycle three (he just finished cycle four). Last time, he was plagued with nausea and could not keep food down. He lost a lot of weight and was getting discouraged. He still has some nausea, but has managed to eat--which is something he wasn't able to do last time at this point. So, I hope he continues to feel better and better.
We will have a lot of fun this time in Houston--we will celebrate both Easter and Aubrey's 12th birthday! Regan was concerned that the Easter Bunny would not be able to find them in Houston, but I assured her he will know where she is and how to find her and she will not be disappointed. We'll try to celebrate Aubrey's birthday with a picnic and swimming party at the apartment's pool if the weather is nice. Hopefully, the next birthday we celebrate will be the baby's!
Well, I don't have much else to report. I'll give you all another update as soon as I have more news. Until then, be well.