Friday, January 27, 2012

Don't Forget

For those of you interested in joining Spencer in the bald  brotherhood,  here's a sample of what I'm looking for picture wise:   
Thanks to Taylor, a friend of Spencer's from church, who was one of the first people to show support to Spencer in this way. 

For girls who would like to show support without the dramatics of a shaved head, please consider donating your hair to Locks of Love, an organization that takes donations of hair of at least 10-inches long and makes them into wigs for children with cancer.  Colored hair is fine as long as it's not bleached or highlighted and hair must be cut off in a ponytail or braid (not swept up off the floor).  See the website for more details and DON'T FORGET TO SEND ME THE PICTURES!

Please send pics to


(a peek under the bed this morning)

The nurses said that most people start losing their hair 1-3 weeks after chemo has started (Spence is at day #16), but his hair is mostly still hanging on. 

The results from yesterday's spinal tap showed no white blood cells and no "blasts".  Yippee!  Now he just needs one more negative result (hopefully on Monday) and we can lay off the bi-weekly spinal taps! 

His ANC is '0' for the first time today.  ANC stands for "absolute neutrophil count" and is figured by a formula having to do with ratios of white blood cells, bands, and neutrophils.  Normal is over 1500.   This is an expected result of the chemo and it will likely stay at zero for a few days before gradually zigzagging its way back up to a high enough level (250-500 range) for him to go home for a few days.     It's now more important than ever that visitors are healthy, sanitize their hands before entering the room, and not touch him.   Thanks for helping Spencer to stay healthy (and loved)!


"But behold, verily, verily, I say unto you that my eyes are upon you.  I am in your midst and you can't see me." 


K said...

I am excited to see pictures of all the bald boys/men in support of Spencer.

That's awesome about the spinal tap. I'm sure Spence will be quite relieved when he doesn't have to get spinal taps as frequently!

Momma Nielson said...

Taylor is hilarious. What a stud to be so supportive of Spencer:)

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