Today was Elliott’s last lumbar puncture. I lost count of how many he has had a long time ago. I would estimate it has been around 30 or 40? He used to have one each month until this last part of the maintenance phase of his chemo. As usual, he handled it like a champ. I continue to be amazed that he is cool, calm, and collected as they access his port. He has never once cried or seemed afraid. He truly is one of the bravest kids I know. His favorite nurse, Amanda, took care of him today, so we got a photo with her and one of his oncologist while we were there. After his appointment, he requested to go to Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Such a cheap lunch date! My mom, and William's mom joined William and I at his appointment today to celebrate the milestone. Once Laurel got home, we decided to continue the celebration by doing something fun. We decided to go to Round1 in Grapevine, and both the kids and adults had fun just playing in the Kids Play Zone. After that, we grabbed a quick bite for dinner and closed out the evening with ice cream cake.
So now, we are on to the final countdown....
Elliott will officially be done with treatment on November 6th. He will take his last dose of the chemo medication we administer at home that evening and that will be it! Although that will be the end of his chemo, we will still be going to the oncology office on a monthly basis for the next year to check bloodwork. He will also get the intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) for the next 3-4 months and continue the antibiotic for 6 months. These will be in effort to keep him from getting sick while his immune system is recovering.
One way we are going to commemorate the end of his treatment is by participating in the Light the Night event hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event in Dallas will be on Saturday, November 11th, just a few days after he completes his treatment. If you would like to join our team or make a donation, please visit our Team Elliott Light the Night fundraising site by clicking here.