Saturday, February 16, 2008

Stepping down

Steve is down to 8 mg of Decadron a day, a big drop from the 24 earlier this week (and the 40 mg he was on post biopsy). So far he's handling the change well. He slept about 9 or 10 hours last night, the most he's had since December, which he attributes to the lower dose of steroid.

His cough and congestion worsened throughout the week, and yesterday he started an antibiotic to help. (Katie also started a course of antibiotic for strep throat. Let's hope Cooper and I stay well!)

Steve's voice has improved all week. It's not back to "normal," but it's definitely stronger and less hoarse.

His vision is about the same as in the last update. He can see well to the left, OK straight ahead and double to the right.

I think two months of exhaustion and stress caught up with me yesterday. I slept about 11 hours, possible because Katie slept in and Cooper was at a sleepover.

We're staying in this weekend to stay warm and dry and let everyone rest. Cooper's first soccer game of the season was scheduled for today but canceled because of rain. We had a great week with Ami, who's heading back to Austin, and are enjoying a visit this weekend from Gretchen, who flew in from Florida (but left the sunny weather at home!).


Anonymous said...

Again... Praise The LORD!! Sleep helps the body heal and fight. I've been praying hard for that! You guys are doing great! keep up the fight and KNOW that you have people praying for you... literally... all over the country!

Chitnis and Chahal said...

Great to hear good progress. Stepping down on the decadron should help even more over the next few days.
Thank God, you are getting some good and much needed rest.
Will call tomorrow.
Stay well and prayers and best wishes are being sent your way.
Shilpa, Rahul, Juhee

Anonymous said...

Hello, it is nice meeting you in the group. I will keep you in my prayers.


Anonymous said...

I am SO glad you two got some good sleep! It has such restorative qualities.
I'm sending prayers and best vibes your way.
Love, Linda Swift