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November 11, 2011

We spent Isa’s 6th birthday yesterday at the hospital. A regularly scheduled appointment.

Her counts are all within normal range, or almost to normal range, platelets only 122k whereas 150 is normal.

For the first time, GG felt a left out. Oddly, Isa got oodles of gifts and presents over the time of leukemia treatments. But, the gifts pushed GG over the edge yesterday. I look at it positively. For three years Isa’s elder sister gave the limelight, and lots of hugs, gifts and worry to her very sick sister. But, now, that Isa’s moving into recovery mode quite strongly, GG is moving into being able to show her emotions.

After some corned beef sandwiches, bagels and lox at the deli, we ate cookies and went home.

The routine is being broken. We won’t be going back for two months. The middle of January. I double checked to make sure it wasn’t going to be a problem if we couldn’t make it. Middle of winter could be snowing and dangerous to drive.

Our next appointment is January 11, 2012. Auspiciously, January 11, 2009 was the first day that her primary care doctor first told me it might be leukemia, with January 14 as her official first bone marrow aspiration.

The protocol calls for the Septra to end on the sixth month off treatment. So we are done with all medications.  Isa acts like any other kid who just went through years of chemotherapy and survived, like  a kid.

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