This past week marks a year since Samuel's bone marrow transplant. We spent the week in Seattle for lots of tests. The most remarkable results are the bone marrow biopsy showing all chromosomes are normal, no scarring in his bones, and 100% of the cells in the biopsy are his brother's donor cells. Also, his spleen was over 22 cm last year and is now 11 cm (10 cm is normal). Some blood levels are a little low, but the Dr's aren't concerned about it. Some of the meds, which he can now discontinue, contribute to anemia so we expect those levels to keep moving toward normal. The Seattle long term care team would like him to be monitored monthly by our local Dr for the next year, but said we don't need to return to Seattle. They are always available for consulting and any questions.
We are so thankful to the Lord and thankful for all of you who have prayed for us and shown tremendous love and care.