He had some great days last week where he felt as good as he ever has since, well probably since he has felt in the last year. Unfortunately, toward the end of the week he started to feel cancer symptoms again. By Sunday night he had a fever of 102 and had had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic.
Sarah brought him up to the infusion center at 8:30 am, but because of his fever, they sent him to the ER to have some tests first. The ER doctors checked everything out and a few hours later decided he was good to have Chemo. Just as he was starting the chemo, the oncologist’s office called and said to stop the chemo and send him downstairs to the doctor’s office for a quick check up. A couple hours later he was back up to the 3rd floor to the infusion center. After everyone agreed that he showed no signs of infection, they started his infusions around 3:30 pm. I’m writing this from his room in the infusion center where he is still ‘dripping’ and it looks like we won’t be done for another hour. He will probably finish about 9 pm.
Thanks to sister Sarah for bringing him and cousin (and medical student) Ben, for giving Sarah a reprieve and for making a very important run to Gandolfo’s for edible food. After one chemo treatment, the hospital sandwiches have such a strong association with feeling sick that Stephen can’t stand to eat them. I came up around 2:00 pm to finish the day. Too bad Stephen can’t have someone take a shift for him!
I found a fairly understandable article that explains the use of these chemotherapy drugs in stubborn Hodgkin Lymphoma. It is called Salvage Therapy and is meant to be followed by a Stem Cell Transplant.
Once again…Thank you so much for all of your love and support. The love continues to pour in and is truly overwhelming to us. We are humbled and in awe of the wonderful people we are so lucky to call friends, neighbors, and family. We have also received an outpouring of support from people who were previously complete strangers to us. Words cannot express our appreciation but they will have to do…THANK YOU! We love you!