Well, John had THE appointment. The one at Hershey Medical Center that we have been waiting forever to go to to find out how he is doing.
After getting sufficiently lost we rushed into the Cancer Center and John did some quick paperwork. Then we were called immediately back into an examination room. It wasn't more than five minutes before the specialist walked in. Dr. Claxton specializes in Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplants. He was so fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and asked John many questions. He gave him a thorough examination. He also explained many things to us. He told John that he had Myelodysplasia and that it was bone marrow cancer. Another name for Myelodysplasia is MDS. Anyway, he spent one hour and twenty minutes with us! John said he has never had a doctor spend one hour and twenty minutes with him.
After asking questions and looking over charts and slides, Dr. Claxton got a better idea of what treatment he wanted John to follow. He decided that John would most likely be able to wait a year or two before having a bone marrow transplant (providing he didn't progress too quickly or he wasn't heading towards leukemia immediately). He decided to wait until John's counts got bad before he wanted to do the bone marrow transplant. He said John had low white counts, low red counts, and low platelets, but they weren't super low yet. He decided he wants to see John back in three months, and then every three months after that.
John also had bloodwork done. They drew at least seven vials of blood! The oncologist (Dr. Claxton) ordered some blood drawn to check his blood counts. They also took some vials of blood to type John. The results will be used to find a bone marrow donor for John. Dr. Claxton believes that there is an 80% chance that a donor will be found in those already signed up to be bone marrow donors! John needs to call Hershey back in about six weeks to find out if there are any donors that he matches. That will be about September 14.
So that is the long and short of it. John is glad he doesn't have to get the bone marrow transplant right away.
Thanks to all of you who have been praying and sending emails. And thanks Daddeo and Val for coming to the appointment.