Sometimes we honestly just feel like all of this is just some unbelievably cruel joke. This afternoon we were due to leave for the beach, to relax for a few days at Figure 8 at my uncle’s house (thanks so much Haywood!), and to try to find a place to live in Jacksonville. It was our first real attempt to get back to a more normal life.
Of course, before leaving we had to check Maddie’s counts. This was our first time getting her blood via a finger stick after removing her port Friday and it was not great. But we left the clinic to pack the car and to wait to get her counts faxed to us. So when we finally heard the counts, the doctor let us know that some of the cells he saw on the slide were “possible blasts”. He said there were definitely some abnormally formed lymphocytes and that it was hard to tell, some of them may be blasts. Blasts are what we would see if she was relapsing. There are times where we have seen blasts because she was experiencing a strong recovery, but being that we have just restarted chemo, she should be doing the opposite of recovering.
So this is potentially very bad news. We will now be doing a bone marrow aspirate tomorrow and hope to have a preliminary result by late in the day.
Please pray that the leukemia is not back in our precious child’s body.
Love to everyone,
Liz, Brandon, and Maddie