...and...Adam's bone marrow is still 100% donor cells! Fantastic news, yes indeed. I was a little nervous, admittedly, given we are are in a high-risk-for-relapse period. It is very reassuring to have those numbers back. His counts look great and he seems to be doing very well in that area.
Unfortunately, the good news is overshadowed by the results of Adam's liver function test. For a little while now, I have been worried that the GVHD (Graft vs. Host Disease) was on it's way back. The blood test confirmed my fears. It appears that the graft (donor cells) is attacking Adam's liver. I don't really know how serious this is, but it's bad enough that Adam has been put back on steroids. We have another follow-up visit in a couple of days at which point they will repeat the tests to see if the steroids are working their magic. In my maternal opinion, I think they are. The redness around his eyes is subsiding and he is feeling much better...not nearly so irritable. I don't really know what the next step will be. I'm sure that information will come with the results of the next blood test.
To be honest, I am a little discouraged by the return of Adam's GVHD. Okay, a lot discouraged. It's just one more reminder that we aren't going to be finished with this for a long time. Given that we've been at this for just shy of two years now, it's really overwhelming to think that we are nowhere near the end––if there even is an "end". However, somehow, I seem to find the energy to get up and leave the pity party I've thrown for myself, just long enough to remember that I don't have to look very far to find that our situation could be worse––in many ways.
So, on that note, for the present, we will focus on the fact that Adam feels good and is happy and is able to play. That's reason enough to simply keep fighting.