Jason had another bone marrow biopsy done and the results came back negative - so he's been declared "In Remission!!" He finally stopped getting his IV antibiotics today, after a final CT scan made sure they have done their job. (His mom and I are VERY happy about that!)
SO... We've now officially entered Phase 2...
Now that he's in remission (which is a period of up to 5 years he’ll have to be monitored for a relapse), the "consolidation" chemotherapy treatments are beginning to get scheduled. His 1st one starts on Monday, October 7th at 8am. This consists of going back to the hospital once a month for 5 months (as an in-patient) for 5 days each. On the 1st, 3rd and 5th days of his stay he'll get 2 chemo injections. These are not as rough as when he was first in the hospital, but will still take their toll. The next week and a half (at home), he'll be back to being neutropenic (no fresh fruit or flowers.) Although it will be great he'll be back home, this will probably be rough on the rest of us - making sure he is not coming into contact with any germs.
But like I said, this will only be for about a week and a half. The other "free" week and a half he'll have per month, he'll feel pretty much like he does today - feeling well, both physically and mentally, but not yet 100%.
Now that he's healthier, visiting him is certainly back in the equation. Just give us a jingle first, as he does sleep a lot now. He actually went to work last week to catch up a little for a few hours! Its hard to believe how sick he was just a few weeks ago!