While at the hospital, I made sure to document those last few moments of Chemotherapy. I took pictures of her giant apparatus of an IV pole, and shot of her very last mL of drugs.
We also had a sign posted on her door during her last infusion, which was signed by many members of the staff and several friends on the floor. We will cherish this forever.
As the last mL flowed through my daughter's veins at 10:00 at night, several nurses came into the room and joined us in a countdown. The second that IV machine began beeping, we all cheered as Hazel exclaimed, "My chemo is all done!". The nurse unhooked her from her pole and she jumped down from the bed and yelled "I'm free!" and asked if we could go on a walk. It was such a beautiful moment! We then went around to every nurses station, on both wings of the 4th floor so she could tell everyone her amazing news! I relished in all the celebrations happening around my daughter and feel so grateful for such a wonderful staff at CHLA. On our way back to our room, Hazel was greeted with a huge surprise, which was completely fitting for the moment: Princess Ariel had come for a late night visit!
When Hazel saw her, she didn't even know what to do with herself. She took her everywhere, and showed her everything; down to the carton of milk she refused to drink during dinner! They walked, they sang, they danced, they curtseyed, and chatted the night away. Ariel even read Hazel a bedtime story, but when it was time for her to leave, Hazel had a meltdown. I'm sure it was hard for Princess Ariel, but she stayed through the meltdown to comfort her when she was ready. This just spoke volumes to me.
- Psalm 55:22 "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you"
- Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismays, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"