Re: My husband is in blast crisis - AML - what does this mean?
Leukemia, like many illnesses, is characterized by remissions (slowing down of disease activity) and exaccerbations (speeding up). Remissions can be induced by treatment or can occur spontaneously. Exaccerbations are typically characterized by increased fatigue, bone pain, anemia (pallor) sometimes fever, infection or bleeding. So any of those clues should alert one to a possible exaccerbation, and getting checked is important. Remissions can last for months, sometimes years in chronic leukemias (more than acute). It truly is a rollercoaster for everyone, physically and emotionally. So during the remissions, don't overdo, but make your best attempt at making the most of these times with normal living with an emphasis on doing fun, loving, enjoyable things together as a family, reducing drama and stress so peace presides in your life, and taking things a day at a time. Be prepared for unexpected changes, but try to set fear aside so you can live in today rather than in fear of tomorrow. Easier said than done, granted, but a goal to strive for nonetheless. I wish you both strength and good times ahead with your spouses. You might consider contacting the Make a Wish foundation for info on their services in creating memorable occasions for patients and families.
Last edited by ladybud; 05-12-2013 at 08:55 AM.