In and out this time! Or so it seemed -- Andrew was discharged today, with round 2 under his belt. We're 1/4 of the way through the treatments -- or as Andrew said, "I have to do this s**t six more times?! Anyway, everything went fairly well ... he got a new chemo drug this cycle called cytarabine which was pretty intense. The drug gives flu-like side effects, so he felt absolutely awful for 2 days -- nauseous, chilled to the bone, no appetite, and he spiked a high fever. They took a couple of blood cultures to check for pneumonia (!) or other infections, but thankfully they all came back negative -- the fever was just a side effect from the chemo. So they let him come home -- hooray! He's probably going to be feeling pretty lousy as his blood counts continue to bottom out. We've been sent home with antivirals and several Neupogen injections to stimulate new white blood cells -- those should help his blood counts rebound, and get him ready for round three in a couple of weeks. We have a visit with Dr. E on Wednesday morning for blood work and to schedule the next round.
I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year! 2011 was actually a really good year for us, right up until the last few months ... here's hoping for lots of good health and happiness in 2012!!