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Chemo Day

Wednesday, June 22, 2005 1:26 PM CDT

Chemo day.

Well, Dave's white cell count was too low to get chemo today. He's been on some kind of chemo continuously for two years now, and it's really taking a toll on his bone marrow. We're switching to CPT-11 two weeks on, one week off. Same number of doses in a six-week cycle, but hopefully having the break every third week will help his counts rebound. They could give him neupogen, a white blood cell booster, but it would mean 14 days with no chemo, so we're going to try this new schedule first.

His red cells are low also, and they gave him another shot of procrit.

The avastin doesn't affect the blood counts, because it's a monoclonal antibody treatment, not a chemo. So that will continue every other week. Dave got avastin today.

Thanks for all the prayers and the notes in the guestbook. It made Dave smile to see the entries today. It really does uplift his spirits. He's so blasted tired. And fighting an eye infection, too. He's losing weight pretty rapidly...6 pounds this week. Anyway, every note helps.

Standing on the promises,

PS. Take a look at Z's smile! He's so happy to have those braces off!


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