Yesterday afternoon and evening went well for Brad. The fever session was shorter, Brad didn't get a secondary round of fever that night, and he seemed to feel altogether better. We reported back this morning to tell Dr. Thaller that Brad did not have a fever again last night....Thaller commented in saying that he felt it was because Brad's immune system was getting stronger (sounds great to me!)
Today was much the same. Brad started shivering just after 9am and then only had fever until about 11. That is by far the shortest stent of fever that he has had during one of these sessions. By the time we went into the other room for the hyperthermia, he was without any fever. Following the hyperthermia, we started the use of the dendritic and natural killer cell therapy.
Dr. Thaller has been taking notice of an annoying cough that Brad has been struggling with since arriving to Germany. I am fairly convinced at this point that it is aggrevated by allergies, but Dr. Thaller felt that a good round of accupunture could cure it. First thing this morning, Dr. Thaller had Brad on the table to insert about 70 needles all over his body. I don't think that Brad was very excited about this technique, but he tolerated it well. I didn't hear much coughing from Brad the rest of the day...don't know if the accupunture worked or if Brad was just afraid to cough around Dr. Thaller....afraid he might poke him a few hundred more times. Ouch! I have pictures, but I don't have time to download them today. (More later)
We received a great care package from the Jones' and Shoup's today. The funniest part was the toilet paper for Sandra and the hair care products for David. We laughed a lot!
We also received LOTS of mail today! The staff at the clinic has really taken notice to the number of cards that have come into the clinic with Brad's name on it. I am so thankful for the cards that have been sent. Brad was very emotional today during the shivering and the cards truly help him through it. Thank you again. We love you all and we will write more soon.