Today is called Day +8. The first day of chemo was Day -4. The stem cell re-infusion was Day 0. So all total he has been in the hospital for 13 days. He is right in the middle of the misery days. His blood counts are bottomed out. He has had fever for 3 days. He has no energy and very little appetite. (Actually this morning and last night he ate something more than applesauce for the first time in days!)
Now we watch and wait for his counts to come back up. Yesterday was the 3rd day at the rock bottom. His white blood count has been 0.0 for 3 days, but today, it went up to 0.4. So I think that might be a sign that his immune system is preparing to come back to life! He has received three blood and platelet transfusions so far. He is keeping a pretty positive mental outlook, but sometimes you just are in the misery.
He hasn’t seen the kids since October 8th. Today, they will be returning from a mission’s trip with our church and will get to come in for a visit on their way home. That will be the highlight of the day!
Thank you all for your continued support!