There are now officially no leukemia cells found in Pipers blood marrow. Yes, remission has been achieved and we are very, very happy to have this happen so soon. Unfortunately, we are still in for the rest of her 2 year treatments hoping to kill any leukemis cells which are hiding or not fully developed. She completed the first round of her HD Methotrexate/Leucovorin this week and was sent home until Monday when she is to return to the hospital for the exact same routine next week, although she will probably be hospital-bound from Monday (day 8 of phase2) until Day 28 (the end of phase 2). She did not deal so well with this chemo and we are thinking she is getting some "mucositis" which is ulcers and sores in her GI tract or her throat...she is fussier than usual, drooling alot and is not wanting to eat much at all. As of right now I have her drinking a 2oz bottle every 2 or 3 hrs or so and she is doing good with that. I am even wakening her in the night to give her a small bottle while she is in a dream-like state and eats well. I am glad we will be returning to the hospital on Monday and hope that she will be in good enough shape to begin chemo this week. At this rate, we will be at the hospital for not only Thanksgiving, but for next week when my "little" (6''4) brother returns to Ft Benning from a year in Iraz with the Army. I was so looking forward to seeing him get off that plane and now I have to wait until he makes his way to Ga...but I cant wait to hug that ridiculously tall kid.
We are very happy about Pipers remission but its a mixed happiness. Because of Pipers MLL gene, the chances of her beating the Leukemia if it shows up again is very slim. Finding out about her remission, while WONDERFUL news is almost anti-climatic. My dad asked if it was similar to an athlete who won the biggest competition out there and retires to his room and begins to worry about whether he can win such a big thing 2 times...and yes, that is exactly how I feel.