Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Central Line is Coming Out...

Spence tested positive for a bacteria in his central line (the IV surgically implanted in his chest), so they've already scheduled him for surgery this morning to go ahead and remove it.  The surgery is supposed to be pretty quick and easy with only light sedation, so it should be a fast recovery. 

The worst part about this will be that he will have to have IV's in his arm for the remainder of his treatment, in order to receive the antibiotics, blood transfusions, and fluids he still needs.  IV's in the arm are also more intrusive to moving around and will require much more poking than he's used to.  Speaking of transfusions, he is already receiving another 2 units of blood and platelets this morning before the surgery.  Thank you to all who donated blood.  Just think....it could be your blood flowing into him right now. 

Docs are hopeful that removing the central line will take care of his infection/fever pretty quickly.  With an immune system at zero, it is extra important to keep him healthy.  Too bad the cold I have didn't consult with me about when the best time would be to develop it.  It's most likely the same cold that Spencer already has, but I can't even tell you how horrified I was as I felt it coming on while I was in the hospital with Spencer.  Through the course of Spencer's treatment (in the middle of sick season) it's actually pretty amazing that this is the first time that either Glen or I has really been sick. 

Only a couple more weeks until (hopefully) he's done forever with leukemia. 

We can do this....


"The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes 
us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although 
the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming 
of it."
                                                                         - Helen Keller


Monica said...

Just had my central line out yesterday. I didn't even get sedation, just a local! It's pretty simple in the grand scheme of things and just sore afterward. Ice helps me a lot with the pain. Prayers coming your way every day!
<3 Monica

K said...

I hope taking out the central line will make life a little easier for Spence. I pray that he can rest well and fully recover in the next couple weeks, so he can GO HOME!!! What a happy day that will be! Lots of prayers and hugs coming your way!

The Busby Family said...

So close, we pray that Spencer will be done with it forever! We have 2 weeks will we move to China and hopefully Spencer has 2 weeks till he goes home!

Chelsey said...

So much to say! Grateful for the blessings and sad for the set backs. Sorry about your cold...I know that feeling of not wanting to get sick for fear of hurting someone else! Hugs and prayers coming your way...

Steve-Rosanna said...

God bless you as well Monica. Our prayers are with you too.

Steve-Rosanna Crain

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