The doctors' main concern has been that Dad's platelet levels have been very low. About 2 weeks ago, he had to have a platelet transfusion to try to give his body a jumpstart on making its own platelets. The chemo pill that Dad had been taking was responsible for his suppressed bone marrow function. Apparently, only 5-10% of patients on this pill have this reaction. Normal platelet levels are 150,000 - 450,000 (units?). Dad's platelets were at 15,000 before the transfusion.
The day after the transfusion, Mom and Dad took off on a 10-day trip to see friends and family in TX. Dr. Lee (oncologist) encourages travel while there are no treatments being given. The trip went well, and they returned home last Saturday.