Stephen has been able to get his chemo infusions every day and is moving closer and closer to day zero when he will get his stem cells back. Overall he is doing really well. There are hours when he feels great and hours when he feels sick. He has had occasional nausea and vomiting but for the most part it has been minimal. The doctors and nurses are really great about managing his symptoms so that he doesn’t have to suffer needlessly. He’s tried out lots of different drugs for symptoms. Some with great results and others with comical or bad results. Each person just reacts differently. They gave him some medicine that was supposed to make him hungry…it just made him stupid instead. He couldn’t remember what he was saying or sometimes where he was at. He hated it. He asked me ‘mom will you still love me if I am dumb?’ He was worried that it might be permanent! Nope – he was back to himself as soon as the drugs wore off. Smart and sassy.
Tomorrow he will get the last of his chemo drugs. Tuesday he rests, and Wednesday is the stem cell transfusion.
We took the kids up to see where he was staying. It was a lot to have us all in the room at once. We only stayed for a few minutes. He loves to have short visits and receive txt messages and emails. Even if he doesn’t return your messages, he reads them and loves them. Thanks! Here are a few pictures from the last few days.