Today was my appointment with Dr. Perry. I also met with Dr. Medlin. They both agreed that I am in remission, or at least that I was at the time of the last biopsy. We discussed my consolidation treatments and also did blood work. Dr. Perry was not going to do another bone marrow biopsy unless my blood work indicated a need for one, and it did, so I will be going in (outpatient) on Thursday at 1 p.m. Dr. Medlin will do the procedure. At this point I'm not going to speculate too much on the biopsy results, which should be back by next Tuesday. Assuming I am still in remission we will proceed with the consolidation treatments pretty much immediately. They will be 1-3-5 (as in Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or every other day for three days depending on when I start) and inpatient, so I can expect to be in the hospital for 5 days, once a month, for the next four months. If I begin to run a fever after returning home following each treatment, I'll return to the hospital for probably about a week until my counts are back up. I would like to begin as soon as possible so perhaps I can be done by Christmas.
On a happy note, I'm still feeling good and enjoying time with my family. I've been caring for Gary on my own for a few weeks now, and he's definitely become quite attached to mommy again, and I'm quite attached to him. He is certainly our greatest joy and blessing during this time.
Thanks so much for your prayers.