30 DAYS/30 STORIES® 2021
On July 16, 2020, our family and friends’ lives were going to drastically change whether we wanted them to or not. Adaley was laying on a bed, pale as a hospital blanket - in the hall, since there were no beds available at first - until after the blood tests came back and showed she needed immediate care in the pediatric intensive care unit. She needed a blood transfusion and to be air lifted immediately to the children’s hospital. Adaley was airlifted while getting her first of many blood transfusions. It broke Rickey’s and my heart that she had to go alone in the helicopter without a parent but she was so brave especially not knowing what was wrong with her.
The summer of 2020 unfortunately turned into a summer my family would never forget. In the very beginning of the summer (right before moving to another home), we noticed a few things that brought concerns. Adaley was losing a significant amount of weight, she was eating a lot less, and she was beginning to look a lot more pale. What outdoorsy child doesn’t tan in the summer? She went to her best friend’s house for a few days, and her best friend’s mom mentioned that Adaley was sleeping a lot at their house, no appetite, and just didn’t seem herself. She also mentioned her ear was bothering her. When she came home from her bestie’s house, she went to a walk-in clinic, and they gave her antibiotics and said she had swimmer’s ear. For the next few days, she cried to me, letting me know her ears were not getting better.
We decided it was time to go to the local hospital, where she had some bloodwork and even a CT scan. Adaley’s life changed very quickly. She was airlifted to a children’s hospital and received the first of what would become many blood transfusions. Her hemoglobin was 3.5 which was one of the lowest levels they saw in a child. The day after her being airlifted we got confirmation and our worst nightmare was confirmed. She has B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The rest of the summer revolved around hospital stays, emergency visits, and doctor’s offices. She also went through 3 emergency visits including life threatening septic shock on Oct 22nd!!!! We are faith believing and know God has been with her and God will continue to be with her all through her life. She will have such an amazing testimony and because she went through these struggles, she will become such a strong woman.
Written by Adaley’s mom, Megan
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