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Spencer's Dad
01-11-2007, 03:38 PM
Hi all,

Started a new thread because I got tired of that darned frowny face. It no longer fits. The smiley is all I want to see from now on.

As an update, Spencer has been on spontaneous breathing all day and was just extubated. For kids like Spencer, the vent is a very scary thing because it is so hard for them to come off. But he did it!!! and we are now that much closer to recovery.


01-11-2007, 03:47 PM
woo-hoo! Party time. So happy to hear he was abel to be extubated. Many thoughts and prayers that he stays vent-free and continues a smooth and uneventful recovery.

01-11-2007, 04:32 PM
That's great news!! I'm thrilled for you that things went so well.

01-11-2007, 05:21 PM
Robert, I just looked at your blog and I'm so happy that Spencer came through the surgery so well. You have a lovely family -- God bless you!


01-11-2007, 06:58 PM
Fantastic, honestly the wonder of children, they are so resiluent(if thats how its spelt)

Much love to you all

Spencer's Dad
01-15-2007, 01:10 PM
Just wanted to update you all. Spencer has had a good recovery. He is only on half doses of lortab now and seems to be handling the pain very well. He is more annoyed at being in the hospital. When he wakes he looks around and then starts to cry. This is good. The crying helps clear his lungs (still junky from extubation) and his reaction means he is coming back to normal. We are transferring to Shriners today to finish his recovery there. Hopefully we will be home by Friday.


01-15-2007, 04:41 PM
thats great news, Robert! I wish Spencer all the best & lots of hugs!!! :) --Ly

Spencer's Dad
01-17-2007, 12:36 PM
Well, it seems that while Spencer's recovery was on such a miraculous pace, my wife's health has been quietly declining. Last night she developed a high fever and since she does not have a spleen, we had to take her to the emergency room. Indeed it is good we did because her white blood cell count is off the charts for her norm and so she is fighting a serious bacterial infection. She has been admitted and will be in the hospital for a least a couple of days.

This is such a blow....I am now essentially a single dad trying to care for three very needy dependents. Fortunately, I have a fantastic support network and they have already helped in so many ways!

Shriners has insisted on keeping Spencer while my wife recoups at the University hospital which is only a mile away. This way I can be close to both of them. Unfortunately, this leaves my teenager essentially parentless, but our good neighbors have stepped in to help there as well as Grandparents.

Anyway, keep us in your prayers. We need them.

Is it just me, or does it seem that some of us attract adversity like flies to honey?


01-17-2007, 01:01 PM
Wow, Robert, you certainly have a lot on your plate. A year from now, you'll look back on this as an interesting story to tell. :) In the meantime, hang in there and know that we're all thinking of you.


01-17-2007, 08:07 PM
So sorry to hear that news, Robert.

My experience has been that when it rains, it pours. One month after my son's surgery, the company my husband was working for filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I also recall that when David was first diagnosed, and going for MRI's etc., my dad was in another hospital having triple bypass surgery for a blockage that had just been discovered.

Please hang in there and thank God you have such great support.

Keep us posted.

01-18-2007, 10:16 AM
Prayers to you and your family, you're doing the best you can in a difficult situation-


01-18-2007, 10:22 AM
Robert, I just checked your blog and see that you're all okay -- that's so great!

Best wishes for a peaceful, uneventful weekend,

Spencer's Dad
01-18-2007, 04:48 PM
Yes, we are all ok, and we are all home - finally. Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement. I guess one thing this whole thing has reiterated to me is that trouble runs in packs. Hopefully we are now out of that pack and Spencer will have an uneventful but remarkable recovery. His Grandma and big sis got him laughing today, and it cheered my heart.


01-20-2007, 10:31 PM
Glad to hear you are home safe, I checked your blog out too... not so fun to have to deal with two patients that you want to be with at the same time! I'm sure you're happy to have everyone home :)

Spencer's Dad
02-01-2007, 05:40 PM

Hi all,

Just thought I'd update you on Spencer's recovery. We had our first post op appointment today and Dr. D'Astous said everything looks great. He took more x-rays including a side shot which we had not seen before. It's just amazing how "normal" his spin looks now. I mean other than that big metal rod holding it in position...lol. Anyway, his correction looks great and the doc gave us the go ahead for bathing and sitting in his wheelchair.

Unfortunately, Spencer has had five really bad days in a row, a lot of whining and crying, and we have not been able to tell if it is because of surgery after effects or GI issues. We have kept him on the pain meds from surgery because we have not been able to pinpoint his discomfort, but the doc told us today that most kids are off them by now and he does not suspect pain from the surgery is causing his unhappiness. So we have taken him off the pain meds. The docs are thinking there is something weird going on renalogically and so we are in for more tests in the near future.

Finally, today he seems to be coming around a little more and we've gotten a couple of smiles out of him. Hopefully he has turned a corner for a while.

02-01-2007, 06:18 PM

Sorry to hear about Spencer's discomfort. I hope, as you say, that he is turning a corner and finally beginning to feel better. He's been in my thoughts a lot. Thanks for the update and keep us posted.


p.s. That is AMAZING correction - down to under 25 degrees :)

02-02-2007, 11:54 AM
Gentle hugs to Spencer. I hope he's doing better and that you've been able to figure out the GI/neprhology thing. Very hard, because the pain meds make GI issues worse - vicious cycle. Keep up the good work. He's an amazing spirit.

02-02-2007, 09:42 PM
Praying for Spencer, hope he will feel better soon.


02-02-2007, 11:01 PM
Congratulations!!! :D I am hoping he recovers soon.