Andrew was diagnosed with Erythroid (M6) Acute Myeloid Leukemia on November 4th, 2010 when he was almost 5 months old. Andrew is currently in remission from his cancer, after finishing his 5 rounds of chemotherapy. He is a healthy, happy toddler.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Post-treatment Aspirate

Today was Andrew's last bone marrow aspirate!! Yaay! Our oncologist told us his marrow looked good pulling it out. That doesn't necessarily mean it has no leukemia cells, but at least it looks healthy. That's half of the reason they do it. It's amazing that they can bring the marrow to the brink of death 5 times and it can recover. The human body is truly amazing! We'll find out if there are any leukemia cells (blasts) in the next day or so. They wanted to do another CBC and labwork, but I convinced them to do it after they gassed him (you can either do an IV and put in the anaesthesia medication, or you can use laughing gas). I'm glad they did, because they ended up poking him 5+ times. Glad he was under for that. In our anaesthesiologist satisfaction survey we filled out today, there really wasn't much to say about his bedside manner except that we were glad he did gas.

Andrew is doing well. He's keeping about the same weight, but he's gradually eating more foods. Unfortunately, it seems like he has an ear infection, so we're doing some amoxicillin. That might be why he's been up at night, who knows?

We're trying hard to find good insurance for Andrew. It is harder than we were expecting, especially since he now has a pre-existing condition. Whoa, wait a sec, you might be thinking, doesn't Obamacare say no pre-existing conditions for children? Turns out that's not exactly true. We're weighing our options here, hoping that we'll be able to find something reasonable, or at least something at all.


  1. We assume results were good. We miss seeing posts, but are so happy Andrew is home.

  2. The aspirate was negative! If anyone is checking this blog, That is the latest good news. We are very grateful!