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3:30 PM (Randall posting): I went off to Sunrise Service early this morning while Susan and the girls were still sleeping. Susan had quite a time getting everyone rounded up and ready to go to Easter Service at the regular time. Sophie has been increasingly cranky and crabby and just unwilling to do pretty much anything we've asked of her. She seemed especially tired and pale during the service so Susan drove Sophie off to Chapel Hill after church while Elisabeth and I stayed at home. We were mostly concerned that she would be in need of a transfusion (platelet and/or red blood cell), but after running her bloodwork at the hospital, the doctors are sending Sophie back home. Her counts are low, but not low enough to require a transfusion (in fact, her ANC was not yet low enough for her to be classified as neutropenic, meaning her immune system has not yet become a worry). She will quite likely need to be transfused on Tuesday when we go to the clinic for her next chemo treatment (spinal tap, intrathecal methotrexate and vincristine). This week will mark the mid-point of this phase of the protocol. It's hard to believe we've come this far already.


Glad to hear that Sophie's counts are still good. It sounds like you all have had a very busy weekend together. Glad to hear that the Easter egg hunt was fun. Keep your chins up, we are all behind you, lifting you up. Hope everyone has a great week.

I can't believe that you are nearly half-way through with the treatment protocol - congratulations!! Even with the ups and downs it sounds as though overall things are progressing as well as can be expected, and I am glad that Sophie did not need a transfusion (although I'm sure that it was no fun to run down to Chapel Hill on Easter Sunday). Also glad to hear that Elizabeth is healing and getting around. Good luck to all of you and hang in there - you are rounding the corner. I keep you in my prayers.