I often joke about "Rabbi Google" being able to answer any Jewish questions.
Rabbi Google makes plenty of mistakes. But since I know something about the subject, I feel pretty confident when I've found an accurate answer.
He is not to be trusted.
So if you find something online about Sam's diagnosis, treatment, plan, or potential demise....
Don't share it with us.
P.S. All success stories give us light and hope. Feel free to tell us about your friend's brother's cousin's co-worker who is a survivor of childhood leukemia and now has a beautiful grown-up life. We like those. Keep 'em coming.
Day 10 - Last day of Chemo update
Sam has his final dose of chemotherapy at 3am tonight (so it's technically on Sunday).
Today he had a blood transfusion. It seems to have perked him up a little...and he announced that he was hungry! (He didn't actually eat much, but announcing hunger is a big deal.)
He spent most of the day napping/resting/sleeping. This is "normal" and the transfusion is "normal" and there are probably others in our future, which is also "normal."
Now we're in what the doctors tell me is the icky waiting period. And by icky, I mean all the chemo side effects you've ever heard about. I'm excited. Aren't you?
We have amazing doctors who are spending a lot of time helping us fight AML.
Keep their skillful hands in your prayers along with Sam, okay?
P.S. If you are interested in helping Sam or any other kid with cancer, donate blood. I know there will be a blood drive and bone marrow registry drive at Am Shalom on Thursday, June 28th between 2-8pm. You can also contact your local blood donation site if you aren't in Chicago! Even better, donate platelets. They need them, a doctor discussed this with me today. It is a little harder to donate platelets (it takes longer) so the need is actually greater.