Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cancer Patient vs The Most Annoying Toy in the World

Meet Mr. Wonderful....
He's handsome, well-dressed, and says wonderful things that all women would love to hear!  (see this random video from youtube for a sampling of his wonderful phrases).

   Spence won it at a white elephant gift exchange a few years ago and after entertaining him and friends for a few days,  it got set aside in one the many piles of stuff in his bedroom.  

Fast forward a few years...Spence is hospital bound and someone, definitely not his mother, rediscovered it and thought it would be really funny to bring Mr. Wonderful to the hospital for entertainment purposes. 

Too bad having leukemia gave Spencer a serious grudge against Mr. Wonderful. Instead of laughing when the toy silkily asked if her mother could stay another week, he rolled his eyes in annoyance.  And later when it promised to share the remote and carry her bags for her while she shopped, Spence deemed it the "most annoying toy in the world" and determined that Mr. Wonderful must meet the same fate as his leukemia.  
So it was that  Spencer went about destroying Mr. Wonderful... 
He removed the voice box and snipped all the wires with scissors,  before he was finally satisfied that Mr. Wonderful was put into the silent stupor he deserved. 

But, in the end, silence wasn't enough and it wasn't long before Mr. Wonderful was laid in his final resting place....
Goodbye old friend.   The ladies will miss you.


Now if you just can't resist getting your own  Mr. Wonderful to annoy the heck out of someone, you'll be pleased to know that they're still readily available to purchase on Amazon: 

But if you do decide to get one, you may want to be careful with it in Spencer's presence. 

Just saying...


  • Because his blood counts are dropping quickly (ANC was 9000 on Thursday, 1550 on Friday, and 610 today), the doctors have Spencer on 6 different antibiotic/antifungal medications as a preventative measure from infection following his appendectomy. {diflucan, vancomycin, bactrim, flagyl, cefepime, gentamicin)  
  • Because of all the different medications going around the clock, his IV pumps are beeping least once an hour through the day and night.  Nights have not been very restful here the last few nights. 
  • Although his appetite is still minimal and moving around is still painful, he is definitely improved over yesterday. We'll take whatever baby steps we can!
  • I got to watch the adult session of stake conference via webcast this evening.   Tomorrow I will take the kids and attend the general session, while Glen and Spencer watch it via webcast at the hospital.  It's amazing how connected modern technology can keep us. 
  • Visitors are still more than welcome to visit Spencer, although we recommend calling first 703-776-4513 and being sensitive to how he's feeling.
  • Long-time readers of this blog know that my humor tends to be a little on the goofy side, especially when I'm tired and/or stressed.  Since lately I've been a little of both, it's somewhat amazing I've kept my true colors mostly hidden until now.  :)
“If we constantly focus only on the stones in our mortal path, we will almost surely miss the beautiful flower or cool stream provided by the loving Father who outlined our journey. Each day can bring more joy than sorrow when our mortal and spiritual eyes are open to God's goodness. "
                                                                                                                        ~ Jeffrey R. Holland


Mom said...

Glad to hear Spencer is feeling a little better today. At least his counts were high enough on Thursday so he could have surgery.

Mr. Wonderful wasn't so wonderful after all it seems. Dad said that he (Mr. Wonderful) kind of reminded him of himself. Not so sure about that... ;o)

K said...

OK, Mr Wonderful is HILARIOUS! I haven't laughed so hard in a long time and I needed a good laugh. Also glad Tom was in the room to hear it all. Thankfully, Tom did not claim to be anything like Mr. Wonderful (not that he's not wonderful, of course). As he listened, he actually said, "Is he saying all the things that husbands never actually say?" Hahahaha!

Anywho, Mom thanks for the good laugh too!

6 antibiotics is kind of crazy! I sure hope they prevent any infection. Hope Spence continues to improve.

Momma Nielson said...

Oh my gosh. Mr. Wonderful. Mikey and I spotted him at Unique and HAD to get him for the white elephant. I'm glad to know that he has fulfilled the measure of his existence and found his final resting place along with all of those nasty Leukemia cells. Keep up the fight!

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