Day Twenty-Two: September 23, 2009

Dear friends ~ A short report ~

Tuesday at 5 PM Reid’s doctor showed up to share the bone marrow biopsy reports with us. If you recall from my previous email, the goal for this biopsy was to see an empty bone marrow. If the marrow showed less than 10% immature cells, Reid would have received a “good” rating; if the marrow showed less than 5%, Reid would have received an “excellent” rating.

His bone marrow biopsy showed 1% !!!
The doctor said he was very happy, very cautious and very impressed at how responsive Reid has been to his treatment. The doc was also very clear in stating that while the cancer is not in remission, we can feel relieved for Reid’s fantastic results, so far.

With this report, the medical team has decided to do only maintenance therapy with Reid (treat his tummy aches and any other possible infections or discomfort), but they are NOT going to do any chemotherapy for the next few days. They are allowing Reid’s body to rest and meanwhile watching as his cell counts rise daily. By Friday or Saturday, they anticipate all of his cell counts being high enough that they can then do the second biopsy (much sooner than we had expected) – and find out how his marrow looks at that time.

Today’s rounds included the doc’s remarking that “boredom equals good” at present. Reid’s main job is to exercise and sleep. His doc was impressed to hear that Reido was doing push ups yesterday, and also – as someone has now informed Reid that eleven laps around the oncology unit measuse one mile – he has started making that a part of his daily walking routine.

I’m reminded of Reid playing soccer while his body was still growing, and the sight of his long lanky legs stretched out as he bounded around the pitch. Eisa used to say, “He’s like a horse! He’s so fast, his legs just get away from him.” as there were occasionally times when Reid would end up tripping in the velocity and excitement of play. As he ambles around the hallway of 14K at OHSU, those are still the same long legs attached to the same full heart – as the kid we have loved to watch run, run, run – and I believe, as you all do too, that he’ll get up to speed again.

Your support and prayers have been and continue to be amazing. Our family – and especially Reid – thank you very very much.

~ and all will be well,
love, Martha 

About Martha Phelps Studio ~ creative on purpose

...a meandering journal of a changing life and the unexpected graces it brings. Earlier posts may provide some history, but this series of writings aren't likely to follow a straight line as I explore topics such as raising kids, making choices, self discovery, the impact of change on a family and how to (hopefully) live with balance and purpose.
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