Friday, November 28, 2008

Day +126: Relapse

The blog hasn't been updated for a while, because things were progressing fairly smoothly. Sarah came close to needing a G-tube or another type of liquid nutritional assistance, but that was about it. Some appetite stimulants have helped her put on weight and avoid the tubes. Sarah has been doing super beyond that.

Susan and I have read a lot of childhood leukemia blogs and many of them describe how their child has relapsed after achieving remission...

Our blog is like that too now. Susan took Sarah to Dartmouth Hitchcock for her weekly outpatient visit. Her blood test results showed 8 - 9% blast content and her platelet count was only 40,000, really low. Sarah has relapsed. The cancer is back.

Monday, Dec. 01 Sarah goes in for a bone marrow aspiration and lumbar puncture, to see how far the cancer has progressed in her marrow and spinal fluid. Beyond that we can't share any more information. We just don't have any. There is no treatment plan yet. And as you might guess our options are pretty limited. We are talking with a number of doctors and hope to know more Monday or Tuesday.

In the meantime, please pray for Sarah to recover from her relapse.