Thursday, December 31, 2009

Once in a blue moon...

Once in a Blue Moon ... is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?

According to the popular definition, it is the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month. The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, though it does sometimes happen.

On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century.

Well, tonight is actually a blue moon here in Toronto.

I'm not quite sure what that means, but maybe it's an excuse to make an extra special New Year's wish or resolution?

I know what my wish will be.

We hope that your wishes come true and that you all have a happy and HEALTHY 2010 and beyond!

Day 15 numbers and Results (Dec 31)

Well, we are now mid-way through month one of chemo (called the induction phase). Brandon has been through hell and the hope is that now he can turn the corner and start feeling a bit better (until round 2 that starts at about Day 35).

His numbers today are:
Hgb - 76 - transfusion today
Platelets - 29
WBC - 0.4

We also received results from some tests:
  1. Confirmed that there is NO leukemia in his spinal fluid (big sigh of relief)
  2. Cytogenetics test on his bone marrow shows that he is in the "average" category

What does that mean?

AML cases are divided into specific subtypes. The subtypes are divided according to the type of cell from which the leukemia cells developed and their degree of maturity. The subtype that Brandon has is M1:

M1: Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia with Minimal Maturation. The leukemia cells show minimal signs of development and granulocytic differentiation. 15% of adult AML patients are diagnosed with this subtype, which is associated with an average prognosis.

So, it's not the best news (which would probably mean no transplant required), but it's not the worst either. So here's hoping that we catch a break - after all, Brandon is FAR from average (in my unbiased opinion).