Wednesday, January 28, 2009

DI-2

Today is the first day of Rainer's second "delayed intensification." It's his last big round of chemo. After that, if all goes as expected, he'll be in "maintenance." Hooray! That means only once-a-month chemo (for the next two years). It's hard to imagine getting to that point--it's been a long haul--but we're almost there.
On this round, he'll eat a lot, get very puffy in his face, and get very tired and sick--but not as sick as last time. He'll get a reduced dose of the particular medication that made him so very sick. Still enough to get rid of those nasty lurking leukemia cells, though.
Happy first day of DI-2, sweet boy!

23 comments:

defneyleyasamak said...

I'm so glad to hear the good news. Although I am so far away, I keep of him all the time... Greetings from Istanbul :)

Carrie said...

Despite it all, he looks like a very happy boy. Hugs to you all.

Lisa said...

last round! I'm happy to hear that he won't be as sick.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Wishing your little boy health from head to toe....and peace for your family. Your children are so lucky to have such a caring mom.

kirsten said...

congratulations to your family! way to go rainer!

Iris said...

Thinking of you and wishing you all lots of strength to get through the next stage.

By the way, looks like a lovely celebration for Ben and I couldn't believe how much he looks like Rainer in his baby photo! Cute!

Tia said...

Warm thoughts from Cleveland, OH! Glad to hear the end is near! Love your blog!

mbutterfudge said...

Much love to your little guy. We'll be right here to stand shoulder to shoulder with you during this next round. Rainer looks so well. Deep breath mama, you've been amazing x

Hannah said...

I hope the last round of chemo goes by quickly for you all without any complications x

Sarah said...

Sending many healing vibes your way.

Anna said...

I've been reading your blog for nearly a year (got here searching for a pattern for baby pants!) and just had to chime in with encouragement and support. Lots of people out there are thinking of you and your family!

I realized after months of reading that not only do you live in my hometown, your husband was one of the single best teachers of my academic career. My friends and sisters still talk about his intelligence and devotion to his students' success.

I love your blog. Thanks for the regular dose of hope and beauty.

Kristy said...

I bet he still smiles through.Brave and beautiful boy. x

Di said...

I am glad that the process is drawing closer - keep him smiling - he has a lovely smile. And know that there are a lot of people out there hoping that this round is not too bad for him!

Kelli said...

I love his smiling face. Hugs for you all and manny prayers.

Michelle said...

What good news.

MoziEsmé said...

Way to go, R! He is getting so big!

taimarie said...

Healing thoughts to you little Rainer in this last round. Your smiles are the cutest!

melissa s. said...

keeping little Rainer in my thoughts, as always. hugs to you!

cagio said...

many warm wishes - and much health!

The Magic Onions said...

You are so brave. Sending health and happiness vibes to your gorgeous little boy, and to you.

jessi said...

All the best to Rainer, you, and your family! This is such good news.

Celia said...

I'll keep praying for all the treatments to go perfect and as the doctors planned!
God bless that sweet child!

farawayme said...

so pleased to hear that Rainer is nearly at the only once a month stage. He is such a gorgeous and happy looking boy. Bless him x