Thursday, February 23, 2012

Long Night and Surgery! :(

A mere hour or so after wowing the night nurses with his cool card tricks last night...
Spence was doubled over in pain and nausea. 

After a very sleepless night for both of us, morphine (for him), an in-room x-ray, an early morning trip downstairs for an ultrasound, and a ct scan, it's been determined that Spencer has appendicitis. 
He's been in a lot of pain, but hasn't lost his sense of humor as you can see from the picture he asked me to take of him with that sign. 

As horrible as it seems for him to be undergoing surgery in the middle of all this, the  appendicitis diagnosis was actually the best possible malady he could have had with the symptoms he had.  The other affliction they were worried about (typhilitis) is a  side effect in kids undergoing heavy duty chemo (like for AML), has almost identical symptoms,  and is much, much more serious.   The doctors were actually relieved when they learned it was his appendix.   Of course there are added risks to undergoing surgery while being treated for leukemia, so we are worried.  

He will have a laparoscopic appendectomy as soon as they can squeeze him in.  Probably 2:00 or 3:00 this afternoon.    His blood counts are still high enough that he will not need a transfusion before going into surgery, so that is good. 

Please pray for him.


K said...

Oh my goodness! Poor Spence! I hope the surgery and recovery go very smoothly! How will this delay his chemo treatments?

Steve-Rosanna said...

Poor baby boy. So sad that he has this misery on top of the load he is already carrying.

He is in our constant prayers and we just put his name on the temple prayer roll.

We love you Spence!

Momma Nielson said...

Let's hope the doctors can work some magic on him and get him back to room 513 safe and sound. We are praying big time for him.

SnoWhite said...

Sending prayers your way!

Heather said...

I hope the surgery went well. Poor boy. I'm relieved it wasn't typhilitis, but it still is so sad to have him suffer even more than he already is. I hope he's feeling better soon. You're all in our prayers, as always.

Chelsey said...


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