Today is day zero, a big day for Delaney she will receive her stem cells back for transplant at 1030am. Delaney slept good last night, and woke up at 4am, however she did vomit at 430am. This is always hard to start the day off. The worst of it was that Delany vomited on both of her blankets, so after cleaning her up we did not have another blanket she could snuggle with, so Mommy took the blankets and some other laundry down to another floor and was able to get the blankets washed and dried. It is added work, but it keeps Delany happy. Delaney was happy the rest if the morning. Today is a big day, it is transplant day, she will receive her stem cells back to rescue herself. For the nurse today before transplant there was 2 1/2 hours if preparation and pre medications. At Delaney's harvest a little more than a month ago they collected 58 million stem cells, that number is divide by four for the number of bags she will need, one after each transplant and 1 back up so 14.4 million per bag. Then once unthawed, half will die off, so she should receive 7 million stem cells, 7x the amount they calculate she would need, so UCSF said she should have a good rescue. Once the stem cells are given, via a large syringe on a syringe pump, over 30 minutes, vitals will be taken every 5-15 minutes, and diapers had to be changed every two hours. There is expected to be blood in her urine because of the cells that will die off are passed through Delaney's urine. There also is no chance of rejection if her cells because they are her own, and the body will recognize that. We are happy to say that Delaney did have a successful transplant and spent the rest of the day resting and playing with Mommy and Daddy. Delaney has done so well with her first of three transplants, she brought her fierce as she always does and kept it fierce all the way trough. We hope to be discharged on Christmas Eve! Thank you for all the prayers, love, and support. As always ... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!
"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"