Wendy and went to Stanford yesterday for what I think was our first "routine" checkup. My blood was drawn, the numbers were normal, we talked with Dr. Coutre about what the next steps were and then we were on our way home.
No revelations, no surprises, no bad news (minus the fact that I still have cancer...), no drama. It's kind of nice in a way for things to have calmed down and normalized. I'm doing well on the Gleevec, the side effects are annoying and frustrating but tolerable, and everything seems to be moving in the right direction.
Our next visit will be with Dr. Druker in Oregon on October 30th for information about fertility and to make sure my current course of treatment matches up with what he expects. After that, I'll be back at Stanford on December 16th for my 6 month FISH and PCR tests. The hope is that by this time I'll be in cytogenetic remission (no leukemic cells in the blood or bone marrow).
Till then, keep your fingers crossed and keep thinking good thoughts.