Good question Stella. She posed this one at dinner tonight. It was inspired by the "silly" chemo really working a number on Jeff the past couple days.
Today at the regularly scheduled clinic visit we learned that his neutrophil count has dipped as low as ever. Remarkably, however, he still has not hit official neutropenia which means he will likely face another dose escalation for Round 5 - beginning August 8.
Jeff is amazingly strong, but it is both inspiring and gut-wrenching to see him grin and bear it through feeling so utterly crappy. I've never seen him this tired. He is totally exhausted. And an unfortunate new side effect from this latest escalation is a swollen and irritated mouth which is making it difficult for him to chew, swallow, or even talk.
My mom and I made - if I do say so myself - some pretty delectable pasta tonight. Stella proclaimed it delicious and Jeff loved it, too. But he couldn't choke down more than a couple bites. Terrible. I felt really guilty for eating my portion and one for Lydia, even though Jeff wanted someone to enjoy it. Thus, after I post this I'm going to write up a shopping list so I can cook up some good puddings and smoothies and other cold things that do not require chewing or much movement of the tongue. Here's hoping Jeff is back to his voracious appetite soon and of course, more than anything, for an excellent upcoming PET scan.
PS - The blogger who adapted the recipe we made (see link above), committed in my mind, some egregious missteps which probably compromised the deliciousness of the dish. And, she still thought it was good, so that's saying something. Still, I recommend that if you try this dish, you use fresh soft goat cheese. Also use fresh oregano, two ears of corn instead of one, and perfect cherry tomatoes from a certain friend's garden in San Leandro. If such tomatoes are not on hand, two pints of high quality cherry tomatoes will do the trick. You won't be sorry you splurged on these ingredients. Promise. Also, I think a full pound of pasta would be a bit much. I used about 3/4 of a lb of fettuccine.