Jayme has battled this cancer with sheer guts and determination. And never has that been more apparent than this week, at least since Wednesday evening.
He completed his 28th and final radiation treatment on Wednesday, but was very weak and dehydrated. After consulting with his radiologist and oncologist, it was mutually decided to admit him to the hospital in an attempt to resolve some of his debilitating side effects. In hindsight, that turned out to be a pretty good decision, possibly life-saving. Early Thursday morning around 1:00 am Jayme's blood pressure plummeted to a dangerously low level and he was transferred to Intensive Care. After an hour in ICU they were able to stabilize him. When I arrived at 2:30 am he was resting comfortably. Indeed a scary night for all involved.
Since then they have discovered his white blood count had bottomed out and his platelets were low. Their main concern was infection since his immune system was compromised. He has been given fluids, antibiotics, a platelet transfusion, etc. He is provided constant attention by his nurse and his vitals are closely monitored 24/7. He has four specialists on his case and they seem to have a well-coordinated treatment plan in place.
It's been a bit up and down since Wednesday, but I truly believe the worst is behind him. I just spoke to his ICU nurse and he is having a restful evening. I have been with him during the day, but they don't encourage visitors at night. They believe he will be in ICU through the weekend, then moved to a regular room.
I will try to keep the blog updated more often while he is hospitalized.
I love my family and friends. You have provided me with much needed comfort and support, especially these past few days. I thank you all!