I got in town yesterday so Luke and I set out on our own this morning to make our way to MD Anderson for chemo-traffic is a bit different in Denver at 8:30 in the morning :) . Luke is very proud of his hair do and it is entertaining to watch peoples faces as he walks by or sits with a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds in the pediatric waiting room.
Just meds and lab draws today!! No spinal chemo or spinal tap or bone marrow aspiration. As long as everything continues to go as we expect next friday marks the end of the "induction phase". Luke will then get a week off and on to the next phase. (a week off = a week free of chemo, still has to go in for lab draws).
Time at the hospital took a bit longer than expected but it was great to just have brother and sister time, Luke was feeling great and, imagine this...he was hungry, so after chemo we headed to the galleria to "combat his hunger". We also (sorry parents) stopped and got Luke some new earrings on the way home because his were taken by "T-dawg"(you know who you are) before his initial bone marrow aspiration and lumbar puncture.
Luke's white cell count (these help fight infection- normal is 4-10) was up to 2.2 today! He is still at huge risk for infection, but we are thankful he only stayed at 0.6 for a few days.
Thanks so much for all the prayers and words of encouragement it means so much to all of us! Luke's battle is just beginning...but he is on his way to getting his "parental allowed" tattoo on the day he is cured!