As of about an hour ago..... we are done with Delayed Intensification!!!! Can I say that again?? We are DONE D-O-N-E with Delayed Intensification! Wow, that feels so good!! Abbey just took her last oral chemo tonight for this phase and she is now on a two week break from chemo.
She is feeling good and today we even went out for the day as a family to some outdoor outlets. There is a pond with birds there so the kids loved feeding the birds (actually Jacob and Abbey loved feeding the birds.... Micah wasn't willing to share his piece of bread with them so he enjoyed watching the birds while snacking :).
Monday was fine at the clinic. They were pretty positive when we were there last Thursday that she would need a blood transfusion by Monday, but she was just above the number that they would give a transfusion. So, we have to go back tomorrow and they said they are confident that she will need blood by tomorrow. She has been feeling great though. Better than she's felt in a long time. Her numbers were all pretty low as of Monday though and they expect them to continue to drop now as she got some pretty tough stuff during this phase and the medication usually takes 7-10 days to fully take it's effect on her body.
We are so thankful though that we can check this phase off. The first week of this phase was filled with many tears (and on and off since we started it), and I can't tell you how many times I said to Jim that I wish we could just fast forward to the end. So the fact that we're here is a huge burden off our shoulders. Although we still have a long road of treatments ahead, we can now officially say that the worst is behind us! As always, thanks for praying and for being our cheerleaders through all of this! And to follow up from the last post.... here is the first huge blessing.....done with Delayed Intensification!!... more to come soon :)