We’re learning as we go… On Friday or Saturday (June 2 or 3) Isaiah will have another bone marrow draw to determine how the Leukemia cells are responding to the chemo. The benchmark we’re praying for is less than 5% leukemia cells. This would be a very positive sign that the chemo is working and would open the door for us to go home sometime later that week.
The final piece (of this phase) is on day 29 when they will test for microscopic residue of leukemia. If he has none, he will be declared “in remission.” Further treatment would continue for the next 2.5 – 3 years. If he is not in remission by day 29, we slide into a category of much more intense treatment with more intense side effects. Please pray for our son’s body to respond quickly. Please pray for protection and healing in his major organs and for God’s merciful protection from the numerous serious side-effects. Please also pray as he begins to receive platelets and blood infusions – it feels very strange to have other people’s blood going into our son’s body. We feel burdened to pray specifically during these infusions and will send out text messages to alert some of you when he’s receiving blood. Please pray and pass these on.