Gary went for his weekly checkup with Dr. Jones yesterday. The big picture is looking encouraging at the moment: his white cells are rising and more specifically his Neutrofils are on their way up, too. These are the cells we need on hand to kill the leukemia. The day-to- day feeling like complete crap continues, however. The interferon and high dose of Gleevec has left Gary unable to eat almost anything and also very nauseous most of the day. Dr. Jones gave him a prescription for Paxil, a common anti-depressant that also works against the side-effects of the interferon (nausea, fatigue, joint and muscle pain). Now all Gary has to do is to be able to keep the pill down.... Details, details.
Gary also recieved two units of blood yesterday. I know the Red Cross is critically low on blood right now, so if anyone is able to donate we would greatly appreciate it. The number is 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
Gary's still in bed, so I don't know how the day is exactly going to unfold. But we'll hope for the best. We're going out for a Christmas tree on Saturday, with many friends offering to help us get it set up in the house. I wonder if anyone will still be around to help us pull Libby out of it...
Love to all--