Thursday, February 11, 2010

Time to heal from surgery

Spencer's surgery appears to have been successful. They clamped the duct that was allowing his oxygenated and nonoxygenated bloods to mix rather than follow their proper paths. The doc said that the little guy may have a couple of rough days ahead as his body adjusts to the proper flow of blood and oxygen. He sounded quite positive and gave the impression that improvements should be apparent within a matter of days. See? All of the love, good thoughts and prayers helped! God is watching over our little Spencer, and we are all grateful for your support. I'm so thankful for all of you, my beloved friends! It was a challenging day...time to rest for now.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.  ~Buddha

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A new development in the Spencer story...

Kate called this evening to let me know the docs have decided it's best to go in and repair the opening in Spencer's heart. Once the heart is able to function properly, his body will be able to fully use or process the oxygen appropriately and efficiently. Keep in mind that I'm not a medic, so my explanations are likely incomplete at best. A nice thing happened today...Kate held Spencer for the first time. And yesterday, he opened his eyes for the first time. I couldn't resist including a couple of photos here. Kate's loving smile as she holds him is beautiful. There is no mistaking a mother's love for her baby. Can you feel the love I have for my daughter and grandson? I hope so.

Around 1:00 tomorrow, please keep little Spencer in your thoughts and prayers. That is the scheduled time for his surgery. They anticipate that the procedure will take about 30 minutes. I'll be there with Kate, but we're asking for all of the prayers, positive thoughts and good energy that anyone has to offer.

I have a feeling that in a couple of years, all of this will be a distant memory to us as we watch a healthy, robust Spencer run and play. We just have to keep the faith and persevere through these challenging times.

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!  ~Victor Hugo


StoryPeople send out a "Story of the Day," and this is what I received this morning:

Today all I could remember was the way your body held the ocean of my self & for a moment there was only one us in all creation. ~StoryPeople

How many times did Mark and I feel that way? Too many to count, I'm sure! Time continues to pass, and he is always in my thoughts. Even though I miss him, I'll keep reminding myself that we had many years together and that is something to celebrate.

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.  ~Morrie Schwartz

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Things are looking up...

A good day--Spencer opened his eyes for the first time! Funny all of the things we take for granted until something unexpected happens. That blessed little boy is fighting away for his life. He is now up to 2 lbs 2 oz. He has regained all of the weight he lost plus 2 oz, and that is a good sign. Spencer was also changed to a less aggressive ventilator today. The docs are watching the duct in his heart to see if it closes the rest of the way on its own. If not, it's possible he may be facing heart surgery. No matter the course, Spencer is in God's hands, and he will survive--I just know it!

I really don't have much else to say today. After seeing Spencer in the hospital and having dinner with Kate, Joe and Logan, I feel like everyone is safe and going to be all right. May sound melodramatic, but this has been a tough road to travel. Perhaps Mark is helping to usher us through this obstacle course of life.

Time to rest for awhile. More soon. Thanks for reading...

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa