Labs back from Chicago; all looks good so the tapering continues. Mielle is now on very small doses of both methotrexate and prednisone, and if all continues to go well then she should be totally off both of them within a few months! That will leave one heavy-duty immunosuppressant, Cellcept. (That's the one that's used for transplant patients so they don't reject the new organ). She'll still be on that for some time to come, but that one doesn't seem to really cause her any troubles, so it's not that bad.
AND we found another way to give Mielle her required calcium. We've tried many different types of supplements, from calcium gummies to calcium creamies, and she's pretty much hated them all. I don't know why I never noticed them before, but finally I got her some of the chewy chocolate kind - like tootsie rolls - and she actually likes them! After trying one, she said, "Yay, now I don't have to dread taking the calcium anymore!" And she really did DREAD it. It seems so weird, with all the stuff that she has to take, that the CALCIUM would be the thorn in her side. But there you have it.