Monday, January 23, 2012

Spencer's Signs

Today was a busy day, mostly without internet access, so this post will be quick. 

Here are the signs decorating Spencer's hospital room.   There are four signs all together and I love that they show a glimpse of the different communities of love that are supporting him through this trial.  Family, church friends, school friends, and lax friends.    


Top left:  --made with dozens and dozens of staples by his six-year-old sister, Ellie, and signed by members of the family

Top right:  --very large sign created and signed by the FCHS class of 2013.  All the nurses are quite impressed with its enormity. 

Bottom left: --large banner created by the Vienna Ward Young Women and signed by the attendants of the stake dance last week. Bright, colorful, and filled with signatures, this sign attracts a lot of ooh's and ah's as well. 

Bottom right:  --laminated sign created and signed by his Rebelax travel lacrosse team. It's decorated with cool action shots of him playing lacrosse. 

As Spencer's parents, we want to express our gratitude to all of you who have embraced him and helped him to feel so loved through this (even when he's lethargic and not as talkative as usual).   Your support means more to him and us, than we will ever be adequately able to express in words. 



....had to get platelets twice today to get his blood counts up to par for his spinal tap.

...had his fourth spinal tap this afternoon. 

...will likely get another blood transfusion tonight.  His blood counts are dropping quickly now, as is expected as the chemo kicks into gear. 

...I caught the nurses in an error today when, as he was getting ready for the anesthesia for his spinal tap, the nurse mentioned his current weight of 60 kg.  Yet Glen had just told me last night that he'd weighed in at 55.8 kg. yesterday, so I insisted that I would feel better if they weighed him again, just to be safe.  Sure enough, he weighed 56.2 kg. today, a pretty significant difference of 9 pounds from what they were about to base the anesthesia amounts on.  

“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand."


K said...

I can't tell ya how much I appreciate the updates! It's hard being so far away and unable to help! )o:

Glad you caught the mistake!

Steve said...

Thank you Lara. Your posts always inspire me and lift me up. Can hardly wait to get out there and see him.

Love, Grandpa

Beth said...

Keep the medical journal - record everything - will help with continuity when you and Glen switch off, or other family stays for a few hours. They make mistakes - watch everything, and question. We are praying for you...

Jen said...

On a side note, I am still impressed with Ellie's fashion sense. It's awesome that you let her feel good about wearing whatever she wants! Hang in there. You guys are in our prayers!

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