Delaney was admitted to UCSF, yesterday, Valentines day, also FIERCE FRIDAY, for Delaney and Team Delaney. Delaney was admitted at 1pm at UCSF and then went up to 7 Long, as this is what the BMT/Oncology floor is called. There, Delaney was greeted with smiles and well wishes form nurses and doctors alike. This will be her last of her 6 cycles of Chemotherapy. 3 cycles at Oakland Kaiser and 3 at UCSF (with stem cell transplant) . Once Delaney checked in at the nurses station, it was back down to the 3rd floor for a chest X-ray, to check placement of her Broviac and NG tube. Following the x-ray it was back up to 7 Long, to get ready for the next 6 arduous days. Before Mommy and Daddy can go in her room a 2 minute scrub from the elbows down to the fingers must be completed with a sponge. Delaney then could be taken in the room where she would get a complete scrub down from head to toe and a fresh change of clothes on, vital signs would be taken, medications reviewed and given, and a meeting with the BMT doctor about the coming days. Mommy and Daddy have noticed that Delaney's reflexes have diminished and have now learned through asking questions and talking with the BMT doctor that her reflexes are no longer present. They will come back but It can take up to 2 years for her body to regenerate that function. Yet the weight of another challenge for Delaney to bear, but it won't break her or her fierce spirt. It was a rough transition for Delaney to come from home to the hospital, she did not want to be here, she wanted to be at home with her brother. Delaney woke up around 1 am, scared, forgetting where she was, and became so worked up, she vomited and from then on it was a restless night.
Today had been long, again Delaney needs 3 baths per day, brush her teeth 4 times per day, diapers changed every 2 hours or sooner, a Broviac dressing change, 2 linen changes per day, vitals every 4 hours and 4 hours of chemotherapy drugs. Today will be Delaney's 20th day of chemotherapy in only 4 months, tomorrow will be her 21st and final day chemotherapy treatment. As the chemotherapy settles in Delaney's body, the days will become more challenging, and difficult, emotionally and physically for us all, but that brings out the fierce. Thank you for all the prayers, love and support. As always.... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!
"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"