|Checking in at the Oncology clinic. Weight was 44.4 kg, ANC 1200|
|In a good mood, waiting for the doctor|
|Me and my buddy. We are smiling today, excited for Maintenance|
There are 4 arms to the research study. A, B, C, and D. The A arm is the standard treatment plan with no changes while B, C, and D tweak the interval and dose of the medications. These meds are Dexamethasone (steroids), and Chemo drugs: Methotrexate, Vincristine, and Mercaptopurine. After signing the paperwork giving our consent for Austin to be on the study, they had a computer randomly pick which arm Austin will be on. While we waited to find out which arm, another person asked if we would allow them to collect some spit from us to use in DNA studies. We thought this was funny because it ended up being a lot of spit! It took us a while to fill up the vials. Of course we turned it into an opportunity to take silly pictures.
|Collecting spit and feeling a bit silly|
|Who can fill the vial first? (Austin won)|
|A bad time to get a dry mouth!|
|Look out, Austin found the label maker!|
|This is what happens when Austin is bored and finds the label maker.|
So here's to making it this far, to finally getting through the roughest part of treatment (we hope!). I am so proud of Austin for making it to this point, for putting up with all of this nonsense. I don't think he appreciates yet how important all of this is, that it is literally saving his life. He just knows that it has to be done, the hoops have to be jumped through. He has jumped through with smiles and his wonderful easy going personality intact. I can't express in words how much I love this kid. He is my hero, my inspiration, my Awesome Austin. Keep going Buddy! You WILL beat this!