One of the things that they're looking for is a "rising trend."
Do you think that going from an ANC of 18 to 70 overnight is a rising trend?
The staff was quite pleased. Our attending physician actually solicited guesses from the rest of the staff during morning rounds, as to what Sam's ANC would be tomorrow. He himself guessed high. Very high. It was a mite hard to take him seriously with his leprechaun hat on, but overall...spirits are good.
Could it be tomorrow?
What exactly are we waiting for? Something around 150, probably...although anything over 100 is still considered a "rising trend."
So while we await the continuation of the rising trend, we celebrated a little bit of Halloween.
Dad came for the day and brought Sam's Harry Potter costume.
The two of them participated in the HOT Unit Halloween Party, which had crafts, food, and some trick or treating that I think involved a few stuffed animals (way better than candy, if you ask Sam).
Overall...we are doing well. The light is bright at the end of the tunnel. But what is at the end of the tunnel? I think it's a big forest. I know I'm mixing metaphors here, but once we are out of the tunnel...we're in the woods. And we won't be out of the woods for five years. The woods will probably be lovely, right? Fresh air, beautiful trees, life experiences, trips and celebrations, school and camp and life.
I think we can live in the woods. It will be much nicer than the tunnel.
They don't declare him completely safe, free of risk of relapse, until he's been cancer-free for five years. (Which, if you're calculating, is about his 12th birthday.)
But for today?
I can only think of home.
And of taking my kid there.
Whenever it is...each day, each moment, we will celebrate.
Life is a gift.
And we are grateful.