Today was a very, very, stressful day for Delaney, and her parents, Janice and Merlin. I just spoke with Merlin over the phone and this is what they wanted me to share with the Team.
Last night went well and through out the day her temperature was stable. Today they got her blood counts back, which were drawn early in the morning. The counts came back and the results were that she needed a platelet transfusion and blood transfusion today. This was because her white blood cells were way below the range she needed to be in. Both transfusion were done today and lasted about 5 to 6 hours. Merlin said, “It felt as if they were walking through cement that is up to your nose.” The pace was slow and stressful as you can imagine seeing your sweet baby go through this process.
After the transfusion Delaney had a reaction to platelets and possibly the blood, which resulted in a rash on her neck and head, which made her irritable all day long. In the mean time Merlin had to go to UCSF to meet with the bone marrow transplant doctor. He discussed the process of removing the white blood stem cells, harvesting them, and freezing them for the use during the last 3 cycles of chemo treatment, which is many months away. They will be reintroduced during the last 2 to 3 cycles of chemo because the last doses are extremely high doses so she will need those back in her body to recue herself. It has been a very, very, emotional and stressful day for Mommy and Daddy, but tomorrow is another day.
Thank you for all the prayers, love, and support. As always........GO TEAM DELANEY!!
"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"