I have just been loving my time at home. I've been spoiled because round 3 was only 17 days long for us--we really just squeaked out of there with an ANC of zero and just a couple of neutrophils. One day when Andrew just had 1 neutrophil, they said, "Yeah, he had one neutrophil, and we took it," but I guess he passed their test of being able to go home. The doctor who let us go was one of the more liberal ones, and I know they were hurting for beds, but hey, I'm not complaining :). Even though we're still antisocial and we can't quite go outside all the time just yet, I have almost forgotten that Andrew had cancer.
Last night I was able to go to a cancer mom's dinner with 16 other ladies whose children are in treatment or who recently completed treatment for cancer. With the exception of 2 people, all of them had kids with ALL (also known as "the good leukemia"), and most of their kids are around 3 or 4 years old. I learned so much about the disease--it really is a whole different basket when it comes to treatment. Totally different protocol with different chemos, different precautions, different medications... Although the remission rate and overall cure rate is much higher for ALL than AML, they really have it tough having to go to clinic over a 3-year period. I was pretty overwhelmed with all of the collective wisdom in the room, and I really felt like each one of them really was my hero. I honestly can't imagine myself in any of their shoes. One of them was told 3 nights in a row that her daughter wouldn't live through the night. Geesh! Talk about stressful... Anyway, I think we should all regroup in about 5 years and rename the group "Hypochondriacs Anonymous" because it seems that when we see that anything is slightly out of the ordinary, we all tend to diagnose friends and family with leukemia.
Even though we've left the hospital, I can't help but check our other friends' blogs many times a day to see if anything has changed. We're hoping and praying Aubree will just breeze right through transplant and that Kim will finally achieve remission and be able to go to transplant.
Love you all, and thanks so much for your continued support and prayers!