Have some good news and bad news. Which do you want first? The good news? Ok, good choice. Today is Matthew's last day of chemo for the first 10 day round. You can tell he is starting to feel very tired and is losing a lot of his energy. He still likes his walks but now he likes to be carried for a good portion of them. He does ask to get down to wash his hands in the drinking fountain.
Now for the bad news. We were originally scheduled to go home today but it looks like we will be guests of CMH for a few more days. On Saturday, Matthew spiked a fever of about 101.9. This could have been caused by 2 things. One of the side affects from one of the chemo drugs is fever. The other possibility is an infection caused by bacteria. He had blood cultures taken to determine if any bacteria was present. Yesterday, Sunday, Matthew had another fever of 102.7. He was started on a general antibiotic. We learned last night that there was something growing in Matthew's blood cultures which indicates the presence of bacteria. Once the type of bacteria is determined, we will switch from a general antibiotic to one more specific to better target this type of infection.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Nicole and I want to continue to thank everyone for their support and care over the past 2 weeks. We have been deeply moved by all of the prayers and well-wishes for Matthew.
Stay tuned for some photos of official gear from 'Team Matthew'.