Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. - Isaiah 40:28-31
Weary pretty much sums up how I feel right now. I'm getting blood and platelets tomorrow, though, which will help. I made it three weeks without a transfusion. Not too bad...I'll certainly take it.
I'll be starting chemo again on Monday. Round six as far as I'm concerned. We'll be using Decitabine. It's somewhat experimental in that it's not commonly used for AML patients, but it has been recommended to us by several doctors, including Ohio State. (Ohio is currently using it with their patients, and also within at least one clinical trial that I know of.) It is supposed to be a "gentler" chemo as far as side effects go. My counts will be low, but they already are. That's the nature of AML. We are still working with my transplant team at Barnes to see about getting a stem cell booster after chemo. There is some risk of a GVHD flare, but at this point in my life all of the options hold considerable risk.
The chemo will be administered outpatient -- one hour a day for five days. I can stay out of the hospital as long as I'm healthy, so my prayer is of course for good health. I would also like to continue taking the Mannatech throughout this course, so minimal side effects such as nausea and changes in taste would also be helpful. We may ease up a bit on the diet restrictions I've been following. Weight loss is an issue for me. I just reached the 100 pound mark a few weeks ago.
The best thing about getting treatment is probably having access to the university's high speed internet, so I'm sure I'll keep everyone posted throughout this next week. We live far enough outside of Columbia to be forced to use dial-up as our home connection.
Thank you, once again, for your prayers.