Hi! Jason's nausea has definitely improved, but he still can't eat very much because of the sores in his throat. These are from the chemo. He's on a mushy food diet - eggs, pudding, mashed potatoes, liquids, etc. He's been able to walk around a bit the last few days, and isn't sleeping quite as much. We're very proud of him for making the extra effort to exercise more. All the medications they are giving him to ensure he doesn't get any infections makes him extremely drowsy. So, the daily battles to get him to eat, shower and walk - in between doses - are getting a little easier.
Well, I'm just trying to check out prices on flights going to Pittsburgh for my sister-in-law's baby shower this weekend. Yikes! That's what I get for waiting until the last minute! Anyone have a personal jet for hire? :-)
We got about a zillion b-day cards for Jason last week. Thanks for everyone that sent one - or an email! They really help lift his (and ours!) spirits.
Oh - and my brother has added some additions to the website - in case you haven't noticed. You can now post or read a message to Jason. Very cool! Also, along the right-hand side of the main page are links to different blood banks. We've had a TON of people asking about how to donate blood/platelets outside the Houston area. The Central Blood Bank is for Pittsburgh and The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is for Texas. If you aren't in these 2 areas, and are interested - go ahead and click on the links anyway for generic information. All blood banks that are affiliated with the American Association of Blood Banks should cooperate and provide Jason with credits here at MD Anderson. This link will give you a way to look up donor centers in your area. And remember - it doesn't need to specifically go to Jason. If you are feeling in the mood to help - it doesn't matter who you help! Leukemia and cancer patients, burn victims, surgery patients, etc, all need blood and platelets to get through their ordeal. Coordinate a drive in your area. Jason's 1st transplant was donated by an anonymous man from Europe, who he'll most likely never get to meet. You too, can be someone's hero.
Thanks again! -Mel