Sorry it has been a couple of days since we blogged. James, Nana, and I went to the doctor on Monday as a follow up from our hospital stay so that they could check his blood levels. Although his counts had dropped a little we received some very good news. They performed a very sensitive test on James' bone marrow called minimal residue disease. It is a more sensitive and in depth test than when the pathologist reads the report. Anyway what they found was that James has no sign of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and that he is in the 95% cure rate. That is as high as they can go! We were beyond thrilled at the news. The doctor said that there is always a chance of relapse but in James's case, his chances are low. They are doing his Day 29 bone marrow in Friday and expect it to show he is in remission. Alot have ask if his treatment ends once he is in remission--it does not. James will be in treatment for the next 3 years and will not receive the label on cure until after 5 years. We have just begun this journey but God has been faithful and I know will continue to be faithful through the highs and lows.
One of the big challenges we are facing right now is a diaper rash. When we were at the hospital on Monday, a wound nurse consulted with us on some things we could do. I called the doctor twice today because none of those things were working. Please pray that James gets some relief. Because of his medication we change his diaper about 12 times a day which does not help heal a rash. Also because of the steroids he is on he is having trouble pulling up from a sitting position. We are having to go back and teach him how to do that.
We so appreciate your prayers and support thus far and humbly ask that you continue to remember us through our joys and hardships.