Q. How do you know you are visiting with Santa’s helper and not the real Santa?
A. When you are a girl and Santa thinks you are a boy.
That’s how Delaney knew anyway. Santa took a break from the North Pole and visited my workplace last night. I tried to loudly announce to him, “these are my DAUGHTERS Delaney and Ashley.” Unfortunately, he still loudly said something to Ashley about her brother. In his defense, Delaney was in all of her tomboy glory complete with a blue shirt, her patented emergency bow tie, and her ball cap. If it bugged her, Delaney didn’t show it as we went from the jolly fat man to enjoying hot cocoa and cookies with her very own old man that happens to be jolly and fat.
Delaney has been feeling great lately. She isn’t currently having to take steroids so that is a big help. We are all falling into our nightly chemo routine. She has to keep a two hour window where she can’t eat within two hours before or after taking the medicine. If we can get her to be finished eating by 6, we are usually fine. Any later than that, and we have to wake up an angry bear just to force pills down her throat. Besides that though, she is back in school and feeling good these days.
Last weekend we got to tour the new Children’s Hospital where Delaney will get to finish her treatment over the next year and a half. We went up to the blood cancers floor and saw a couple of familiar faces as her doctor and his medical assistant were at the desk putting tattoos on the kids. After giving Delaney a tattoo on her hand, the medical assistant wanted to personally give us the tour. She got to see all the cool stuff the new facility will offer (she’ll have her next chemo in her port on Christmas Eve at the old place, and then will begin going to the new place after that), and then we headed off the floor. Before we left, we got the highlight of our day and got to take a picture (below) inside a giant snow globe. Unfortunately, Delaney is eventually going to have plenty of unpleasant memories at the new hospital, it was nice that her first trip there was such a nice one.
We Ho, Ho, HOpe you are all having a great holiday season and taking time to remember the reason for the season!