Well we got through last night and it was every bit of what we thought it would be. Greg took the bulk of the night getting up with James. I think he woke every 45 minutes. At 3:15 Greg came to the room and said "I don't know what else to do, he won't go to sleep." I got up and took the shift from 3:15am until my mom was up and ready at 5am. We headed to MDA around 6am. We got there and had his labs drawn and waited...... It took all of us to get through the waiting period before his procedures. Greg and I have talked about it--there is nothing worse than to see your child so unhappy and not be able to do a thing about it. There are so many times that I wish it was me that was going through this so he wouldn't have to. But despite the unhappiness, James is quite a trooper and very easily forgiving.
They took him a little early and both his procedures went great. We will know more about his bone marrow when we go back to the doctor on Wednesday. We got great news that his counts are rising. For the next week and a half, he gets a break from medicine. Yesterday was the official last day of steroids. Praise God! He is already acting like the James we know and has slept more this afternoon than he did the last 3 days. In his next round of chemo, the biggest side effect is low white blood cell, platelet, and hemoglobin counts so we will continue to be very careful so that he doesn't get an infection.
Thank you for your prayers, love, and support. We are truly grateful.