Thursday, July 30, 2009

Super Suits?

With the recent outcry at the world championships....the new super suits look like they are going to be banned. I personally see this as a wonderful thing! The suits do serve their purpose - they could teach a swimmer better body position and what it feels like to go faster, creating a workout that will help them in the long run. BUT! Maybe that is the only place for the suits is in the training. Without the suits, we are looking at real athletes.

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


At my house we tend to color ourselves rather then the paper....

Luckily we use washable markers!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

What I Have Been Doing....

I have been kinda MIA from the bloggy world for awhile...I do have a good excuse though! Check it out!
This is me! One of the coaches of the Concord C-Lions! Along with Coach Sarah and one of our Highpoint Trophy winners Tori!

Tanner swam this year and I am SOOOO Proud of his improvement!

This is Trish...I taught her to swim and now she is on the swim team!

This is Nick....One of my fav's. He and is brother will be hard to beat in the years to come!

And this is Hannah. She improved tremendously too!

Season ended yesterday with us coming in 3rd....Better watch out! Next year we may be first!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Even Better News

I wanted to share with you all a message that Spencer's Aunt wrote on her facebook page. It really puts things in prospective!

Leslie 5/24

Things just get better and better. Spence seemed to be having a rough day today after having his meds weaned again this afternoon. So we were prepared for maybe a rough night, unless they gave him something else to help him sleep.

Well....Jim and I went to get food and Aunt Becca was here with Spence while he napped. He then woke up seeming to feel not quite as bad as he was after his nurse giving him some Tylenol. Then I decided I wanted to hold him, so we were going to change him first. And, of course, the dangerous thing that often happens with boys happened up my arm as I was wiping him. As we (me, Becca, Jim, and Mary, his nurse) laughed about it, the best thing EVER happened-- SPENCER LAUGHED WITH US. He just started chuckling his sweet Spence chuckle, and I swear it was better than hearing it for the very first time.

After that, it was if a switch had been flipped. And all evening he's been crying, yelling, babbling, and even put his lips together so I could repeated pull down that lower lip to make that fun, silly sound we like to make as little kids.

It's by far the most amazing thing ever. And then I finally got to hear what I've wanted all along... A good, strong, solid "ma-ma." Not one out of anger or frustration, just a good, hearty "ma-ma." I've never been so happy in my life. I don't know whether to laugh or cry, so we've all just been doing both all evening. If there is anyone who doesn't believe in miracles, tell them to give us a ring. Or simply get on facebook and read about the past 3 weeks of Spence's life.

Prayer is powerful. God is good and amazing... I'm in awe of everything that's happened tonight. Keep up the praying... I have no doubt that Spence will make a full recovery after what he's done in the past week with very little therapy. I can't wait to get to Kluge and watch even more miracles unfold. Goodnight and love to all.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

God Is Good!

Here is a post I want to share with all of you taken from Spencer's aunt Kristen's facebook page:

"Back in Roanoke now. Friday night, Spencer was extubated (the breathing tube was taken out). Good day yesterday, the swelling in his head slowly going down. Jim stayed with Spence last night, and Les and I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House. This morning when I was in the shower, Jim called to say that Spence said "Mama" -- twice!!! I couldn't get my faced washed for crying! I am absolutely awestruck. I know that God works miracles, but I continue to be completely amazed and overwhelmed at his grace in our lives right now. Right now I am watching Leslie holding him in her arms and he is so calm and content. Hallelujah!"

I want to thank all of you for your prayers for this amazing little boy! Keep praying! God truly is working miracles in his life!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Update on Spencer

From Mon: Spence is currently on Nitrous Oxide to try to vasodilate the lungs to oxygenate better. His sats are hanging in the 70s (ok for him with his shunt). We just need to wean down from the 100% that he's on now. It's a day-to-day roller coaster, but all we can hope for is baby steps and few if any backslides. It's gonna be a long ride for Les and Spence and everyone.

The latest. More encouraged today. Spencer has both eyes wide open! The swelling in his little face is improving drastically with Lasix. He is still requiring the max O2, but they are going to change the vent to a mode more conducive to breathing on his own to encourage that.

It's gonna be a very long road, but I really think that God is going to bring Spence through this and I know that it is constant prayers from you guys that he uses to do his work. Keep it Up and please ask others to pray as well!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Urgent Prayer Request

Spencer is almost 18 months, is in the PICU. He has had quite a time in his short life. He was born with hypo-plastic left heart syndrome and had two open heart surgeries before the age of one. Everything has gone great since then.

This past week he caught a GI bug with fevers and diarrhea. Last Sunday morning he woke up covered in bruises and with hematomas on his tongue. His mom and dad took him to the hospital where he was found to have platelets of 5. He was diagnosed with ITP, a condition where your body attacks it's own platelets, which help blood to clot. This is sometimes caused at random by infections.

He was subsequently taken by ambulance to a bigger hospital. Monday night he got a round of WinRho. He was doing so well that they were thinking of discharging him, but that night Spence had suddenly become unresponsive and they were taking him to CT. Spence had a large intracranial bleed. He was rushed to the or, where a craniotomy was performed. He was there for 3 1/2 hours, but they couldn't get the bleeding to stop despite their best efforts. His skull was left open and he was sent to the ICU with a pretty grim prognosis. They pushed platelets and steroids. He went back to the OR for a splenectomy in hopes of boosting the platelets to slow the bleeding. Spencer went to the OR again due to swelling, to have his frontal bone removed in the hopes of giving the brain more room. The swelling was worse and there appeared to be multiple areas of stroke.

The latest news today (Monday at 5pm) is that Spencer has developed blood clots on his lungs. Blood oxygen saturation is usually in high 70s for Spencer because of his heart condition, but is in low 60s now. Doctors can't give blood thinner to deal with clots because of brain bleed and so have again told the family that they don't expect him to live much longer.

Please pray for Spencer and his family. Side note his mother is also seven months pregnant.