On a high note, James' blood levels are continuing to creep back into the normal range, making all these side effects bearable for the time being. James will be going in at the end of this week for a BMA. We (and the doctors) fully anticipate remission. Being in remission is key to moving to the next phase of treatment (Consolidation). Despite this whirlwind of events and emotions, Joy and I are keeping good spirits and supporting one another through taking time to talk and process through this new phase of our lives. We SO much miss going to church and look forward to the day when James' blood count allows us to return. Here are our most recent prayer requests:
- Praise! We are nearing the end of induction (1st phase of chemotherapy of the 3 year process). James will go off of the steroid that is causing him to look like the Pillsbury Doh Boy.
- Praise! James' blood levels continue to rebound. Among them, the Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) has raised from 0 to 840 since the process started. Normal ANC is around 1500. Neutrophils kill the bacteria that enter his body. All this says is that his bone marrow is starting to do what it was intended to do.
- James has begun to experience more side effects, many of which are difficult to ascertain because he cannot tell us when something is hurting. You will see below that we clipped James' hair because it was falling out in bunches. Pray that we will identify how to help him best and the side effects will dissipate.
- James will likely have a bone marrow aspiration (BMA) at the end of the week. Pray for REMISSION!