William reminded me that I haven't made a post since November of last year, but he has been doing such a good job, there was no need!
Thursday, March 10th was Elliott's last chemo treatment before we enter the Maintenance Phase, which is the last phase of treatment. It is nice to get closer to getting a break from the intense therapy phases and into maintenance. It should be less intense and allow Elliott 's immune system to recover a bit, or at least to a point we can get back into a more regular routine, but more importantly...getting him out of the "bubble" aka house!!
The maintenance phase will begin in two weeks (assuming his ANC level recover by then) and will last until November of 2017. He will still be taking chemo drugs, but most will be oral meds he can take at home and the intensity of treatment and frequency of visits to the clinic should decrease a bit.
Elliott continues to grow and develop each day. We are amazed by how much he has learned and absorbed over the past several months, especially in the clinical realm. A couple weeks ago, he went in for a lumbar puncture to administer one of the chemo drugs and the anesthesiologist held out the pulse ox and asked if he knew where it went. Elliott immediately extended his finger as if to say, of course, this is not my first rodeo. :-) He is such a fun kid.