Thanks for all your good wishes - Dave has been really touched by the responses from his friends. We had some good news yesterday - the preliminary pathology reports showed that his leukemia was actually the chronic type, rather than the acute type, and since "chronic" implies persisting for a long time, it sure sounds better the previous scenario, which had him checking out in the next few weeks to months.
He's handling this first chemo routine pretty well, with just fatique, mental fuzziness and mild nausea so far.
We still don't know much more than that, though. He's going for more tests Monday, then the big oncology meeting on Tuesday, which is when we hope to find out exactly WHAT he has, what kind of TREATMENT they're planning, what the PROGNOSIS is, and what the financial implications will be.
Dave's sister is flying onto town tomorrow and I think she'll be here a week. By the end of that time, we should have a better idea of what's going on and what kind of help we may need. The most immediate thing that I can think of is rides to and from the hospital for his treatments. Once I know what kind of schedule he'll be on, I'll let everyone know.