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Around Halloween time Mom started having horrible bruising covering her entire body. She finally went in on 11/28/17. She was immediatley transferred and admitted to St Cloud Hospital Oncology Unit. On 11/29/17 they did a bone marrow biopsy to check for Leukemia & on 12/01 17, we heard the dreaded word 'cancer'.
She was diagnosed with a leukemia called Acute Myeloid Leukemia and the branch she has is called Acute Promelocytic Leukemia (APL). The most important thing to konw is that it is a CURABLE leukemia, which is the most amazing news I have heard!
With that being said her body, and most of all her heart, has to withstand the treatment plan they have in place which is a chemo pill 2 times daily and an IV chemo called Arsenic daily. ( Yes, I spelled that right. It's about the same thing as you would think. ) It sounds like as of now, they are looking at 60 days of chemo for her first round.
Based on her labs looking ok, she doesn't need a bone marrow transplant right now, but that could change at any time. We are very VERY lucky we caught this when we did. Her doctor said she probably wouldn't have been with us within the next month. "Acute" in this case means it's fast moving.
Today was a rough day. Reality set in and made it real for Mom. She had her first chemo treatment. She quickly snapped out of it a little bit when she got to see Brody for the first time since she has been here. He is her pride and joy and Grama is HIS pride and joy!
Her labs were also HORRIBLE today with a platelet count of 6 (supposed to be 140-440) and a white blood count of 1.5 meaning she has no immune system to fight off infection so for that reason the doctor said he felt we may add more fuel to the fire by trying to give her a transfusion or give her platelets because of all different protein in other people's blood.
She has also had a HORRIBLE headache since last night. They did a cat scan of her head to see if she was also bleeding in her brain. The results are not back yet as of tonight..
My Mom is a very tough lady and I know she can beat this nasty illness. We just have to take one day at a time. At this time I'm not sure how long she will be in the hospital, but I know for sure this next week at least. Once she's released, we will have a LOT of daily trips for chemo. We still have to figure that out. I can't thank you all enough for the thoughts, prayers, visits, phone calls & texts. My mind is spinning but I have no choice but to stay strong for her.