Thank you for all of you who prayed for Allistaire’s bone marrow test today. The nurse practitioner who did the bone marrow aspirate and biopsy was quite pleased with the biopsy samples she was able to get. She actually referred to them as “beautiful.” I asked her what she meant by “beautiful,” and she said that she could feel the fibrosis and possible scar tissue and then was able to find a “sweet spot” where the needle pulled back easily. The color in the biopsies also showed that the samples she got likely contain the needed components. She is hopeful that the samples will be sufficient for the pathology tests. Preliminary results may be available tomorrow if they are able to get results from the aspirate (this is the juicy bloody portion of the marrow). In the previous two bone marrow tests they were not able to find any cancer cells in the aspirate, perhaps because of the fibrosis. Results from the biopsy will probably take 2 – 3 days. My understanding is that once we get results the doctors will discuss with us what are the next steps. Hopefully from there we will be able to go home for a few days.
Allistaire is doing wonderfully. After she woke up from the anesthesia, she was quite loopy as in each previous time. This 30-45 minutes is a bit challenging as she is totally unsure of what she wants and appears tired but doesn’t want to sleep, seems to want to be held but rejects your arms, asks for food but then turns away from every offer. Thankfully this is short-lived and within an hour she was back riding bikes around the Unit with Piper. Again, please pray that tonight we would be aware if she is in pain so we can provide for her accordingly.