Friday, July 4, 2008

Sarah has a new brother!

Little brother David Asa

Susan delivered the baby at ~9:00am this morning. He (boy) was 7.6 lbs, 22-1/2" long. His name is David Asa. He is healthy and very alert. Susan is doing great and the delivery was pretty much the same as the previous eight, fairly smooth. Actually, Susan's midwife came to our house yesterday to help induce an early delivery. Whatever Susan and Cindy did apparently worked pretty good.
We are relieved and very grateful that the baby came before Sarah was admitted to Dana-Farber. We now have ~two weeks to focus on preparing for BMT admission.
Sarah's leukemia is still in remission, but the doctors are watching her closely. We need her to stay in remission and not get sick to be able to move into the BMT. If she slips out of remission, then we will likely have to go through more blocks of chemotherapy and shoot for the BMT again. We do not want that to happen particularly due to the additional intrathecal chemotherapy that would be involved. The intrathecal chemo can cause neurologic and cognitive side effects. We worry about a lot of things lately, but the intrathecal treatments are high on our list.

However, today was a very good day. We were all together, we have another person to love in our family and our load is a little lighter now. Our day was filled with joy and we find ourselves blessed again.

Sarah walking at the hospital last Friday before they released us to go home later that evening.

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