We are back in the hospital for another round of chemo. It seemed to be harder this time packing up and leaving home. You would think I would be used to this by now, but no, it really doesn't get any easier. The first dose of chemo just finished. It went in over 3 hours and will start again at 6 in the morning. Eyedrops and bathroom every 3 hours so it could be a long night.
Now for the good news...
Back in November when Kristen relapsed the picture the doctor painted was rather ugly. He explained that the only thing that could save Kristen was a bone marrow transplant. But first she needed to be in a full remission. He also explained that it would take at least 2 and possibly 3 rounds of chemo to reach a remission. There was also a chance that she would NOT go into remission. 25% of relapse AML children don't find remission. Last Tuesday Kristen had a bone marrow biopsy to see how she responded to the first round of chemo. The results from the pathologist were not in until today. The doctor met us in our room and said that he was SURPRISED and PLEASED! Kristen's bone marrow showed NO sign of Leukemia! NONE. You are considered in remission with anything less than 5% leukemia cells, Kristen showed none whatsoever. The doctor was taken back a little as he wasn't quite sure what to do next. He was going to give Kristen a chemo drug that she has had her lifetime limit of, it damages your heart so there is a limit. But he really felt he had no choice as he felt a remission was going to be tough. The little angel surprised him and already reached remission. He thought we might go straight to the bone marrow transplant but we don't have approval from the insurance yet. He was not comfortable letting her sit for a few weeks without more chemo. He decided to do half of a round, wait for counts to come up,send us home for a week or two and then come back for the transplant. I know I have been rambling and I am sure most of you have no idea what I am even talking about. Just know it is good, no it's GREAT!
Kristen has once again defyed the odds. She is Amazing!
ThankYou for all your prayers. I know our prayers are being answered.