Tricia's first chemo treatment went very well. No side effects except for a slight temperature rise which she didn't even notice. We're hoping that they'll allow us to do the remainder of her 4 week treatment somewhere closer to home instead of having to drive to Durham once a week of the next month. She was released shortly after the injection was done, and we spent a good night at the hotel before heading home yesterday.
Gwyneth is doing very well with extra O2 and meds. Her breathing is back to normal, and she is able to eat more...we're guessing she's probably up to 6.5lbs now...I'm taking her to grocery store to weigh her on the deli scale later today...
Our trip yesterday went very well. Got off around 11:30 and arrived at my parents' house by 3:30. Gwyneth did very well...we only had to make one pit stop this time. It's good to be home again, and we're praying hard that we won't need to go back to Duke for more than a one-day outpatient appointment for the next few months.
When we arrived home Tricia had my belated father's day gift waiting for me...I won't tell you what it is yet, but if you check in tomorrow morning, I promise I'll have pics and and stories to tell about it. I can promise you that it's basically the coolest father's day gift any dad has ever gotten, so don't miss it!
I also picked up Meka yesterday (thanks, again Don and Frank!!!), and hopefully she's with us full-time again, as long as we can keep from any extended trips to Duke. She doesn't seem too interested in Gwyneth right now, which is fine with us because she can be high energy and a little reckless when she gets excited. Ralphie is still hanging with Grandma until we get a place of our own...I think they're both pretty happy with that arrangement.
To top it all off, I got to practice with the band last night for just the second time since December, which is always one of the highlights of my week!
I have some family in town...my uncle and aunt and cousin...we're going to hang out with them tonight. Tricia's family begins to trickle in late tonight and throughout the weekend. She's looking forward to spending lots of time with them all at the beach house they've rented for the week and introducing everyone to outside-of-the-hospital Gwyneth. I'm looking forward to getting a full week's worth of work at the church, and hanging with the Kirschner clan in the evenings!
Anyway, that's a quick update. I've been so busy the past few weeks, that I haven't had a chance to take many pictures, but I promise this next week will produce a lot of new and fun pics. Here are a few pics of Gwyneth and I goofing around with the Mac a few days ago.