In reality the week hasn't been horrible. It has been very difficult adjusting to life in a hospital room. Especially considering Joe has spent the majority of his life outside. Once the newness and shock wore off (and he got used to having and IV line connected 24/7 )we've both learned to rest in it.
As far as "new news" there isn't that much. He has had two blood transfusion this week, one red and one platelet. This is not shocking or abnormal, it's actually more so surprising that he has not had to have one earlier. Side effects haven't kicked in yet. It's expected that these will begin to be the worst in another week. All of which are what you would typically think of with intense chemo, hair loss, nausea, mouth sores and additionally a bottomed out white blood count (hence the reason he will be in the hospital for at least three more weeks).
We love and So appreciate all the messages, phone calls and support.
For those of you in the forest service who have asked about the voluntary leave donation: there was a little bit of confusion on our side but we did sort things out. Paperwork went to HR on Monday and normally takes about 10 days to process. From what I understand, a notice of request will be sent out to Joes current office as well as the KNF when he is in the system. I was told you will also be able to search for his name in the database. Thank you SO much for asking and wanting to support us in this way. It will be a huge blessing to us as it is expected that Joe will be out of work for a year.