The appointments continued into this week at Oakland Kaiser and UCSF. Mommy and Daddy were able to go over the MRI images in person with Delaney's neuro-oncologist at Oakland Kaiser, along with the next steps and or phases of Delaney's recovery. Delaney will have another MRI scan in 3 months, the beginning of March to be exact, this will be a milestone because after that scan, Delaney's MRI scans will move out to once every 4 months for a year, instead of every 3 months. Furthermore she will meet with a multi disciplinary team of doctors annually to follow her in her recovery. This is to track any adverse effects to Delaney's body from the chemotherapy and radiation, then to manage those side effects. The appointment went very well, Delaney continues to move forward in recovery, in a positive direction. On to UCSF. At UCSF it was reiterated to Mommy and Daddy that Delaney still has a suppressed immune system and it is sensitive. Although her blood counts and blood chemistry have begun to stabilize it will take more time before they reach a normal level, that being of a child that has not received chemotherapy or radiation. During the appointment there was a diamond in the rough to be had, we are so thankful of certain things, in a horrible situation. That being Delaney's hearing. She has normal hearing and the bone marrow transplant doctor continued to explain that in all of his time, and the high dose of Carboplatin (a chemotherapy drug) Delaney has received, he has never seen a child keep all of their hearing. Most all have a significant loss or decrease in hearing. He said it was simply amazing. Furthermore they have released Delaney to receive "dead" vaccinations once again. And today Delany received 6 separate vaccination shots, another step in the road to recovery. We as a family are so thankful for the new health of Delaney and our family. Also the amazing news on Delaney's MRI and prognosis, an early Christmas gift for Mommy and Daddy that cannot be put into words. Lastly, Thank you. Thanks to each and everyone of you, who continue to follow and support Delaney. Thank you for all the prayers, love, and support. As always ...... GO TEAM DELANEY!!!!!
"And though she be but LITTLE, she is FIERCE!"