Monday, May 7, 2012

The Good and the Bad

 Good:  The fevers and chest pain have both subsided and Spence feeling much more like himself again.   He's still on loads of antibiotics, but the pain meds have been weaned! 

Bad:  Spence has C-Diff again, which means we're all on isolation.  :(    C-Diff is a stomach bug (luckily without too horrible symptoms), that is considered highly contagious among  immuno-compromised patients.  Visitors will need to wash their hands with soap and water at the nurse's station before entering and after leaving Spencer's room, but otherwise don't need to worry about contracting it unless their immune system is also suppressed (or they have a newborn baby).

Good:  Thank goodness we were moved to the bigger room before being put on isolation!  A week cooped up in that shoebox room probably would've put me in the loony bin! 

Bad/Good:  I called the blood bank to see if I could get a final count of how many people donated blood in Spencer's name and not only were they rude to me, but said that it was impossible to tell me numbers.  So based solely on eyewitness accounts of people who donated (and notes that people sent to me), I'm estimating that we're at least in the 30-40 range.  Despite the blood bank management's rude non-helpfulness, the actual blood bank workers were very grateful for the influx of donations and were amazed at all the people who turned out to donate for Spencer.    Thank you to all who donated (or tried to donate and couldn't for whatever reason)!  You all are amazing!!!!

Spence's eyebrows and 'stache are growing back quickly (see picture at top for evidence).  They may very well fall out again in a week, but he is relieved by how quickly they returned!

Bad: Spence got a new hat that would likely be the envy of the pediatric hem/onc floor (see picture at top for evidence), but because he's on isolation he can't even show it off or share it with any of his fellow chemo buddies!   :) 

Good:  Tonight Spence received what will hopefully be his last dose of chemo....ever!!!!!!


"...remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Helaman 5:12 (from the Book of Mormon)


Chelsey said...

Spencer! Awesome! Just last year we were hearing about what an awesome EFY mom you were! Now you are the awesome mom of other things. Once he is off chemo his immune system will start to work again...slowly...hugs

bantcher said...

Good: these great blog posts over the past 4 months.
Bad: Caps trailing early, but here's hoping that changes.


Steve-Rosanna said...

"Last dose of chemo EVER" are sweet words. It is good to see Spence with eyebrows and his stache once again ;o).

Ryan Koch said...

Have you seen this? - It made me think of Spencer - of course, the song is about a break up, but as the kids show, the lyrics can work for multiple situations.

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