Monday, April 2, 2012

Dear Mom,

Even though it's been ages since I last blogged, I reassure that indeed we are fine.  Okay, maybe not quite fine fine, but fine enough given the circumstances.   

Spencer still has the stupid C-Diff. bug, which means that we are still on isolation and I am still grumpy.   It's not like the hem/onc floor is all that large anyway, but just knowing that we can't leave the room is making us all a little stir crazy. 

How stir crazy?   Stir crazy enough to discover that apple juice mixed with water makes for a good April Fool's joke for the nurse.  Can you tell the real deal from the apple juice mixtures? 
Well, neither could the nurse.   Apparently it looked so realistic that she didn't even second guess the realness of it and just recorded his output at 160 ounces for that hour.   It wasn't until Spencer mentioned something about it, did she even hesitate for a second.  Jokes just aren't very funny when they have to be explained. 

Speaking of funny, watching the kids play Jenga is funny.  Their laughs and screams when the tower falls, makes me  slightly less grumpy. 

You know Kristina, right?  Oh yeah, of course you do, since you're our mom.  Well, Kristina, who still claims to have scars on her arms exactly in the shape of my fingernails, heard that Spencer still wasn't gaining weight, she went and did something rather bold and daring (no she didn't come steal my clothes) to help the cause.  She bought him his very own waffle iron.  Now he has fresh hot waffles for breakfast and turkey wafflewiches for lunch every day.    The smell drives the nurses crazy and although they've told us that building management may not approve of the in-room cooking device, I'm just grumpy enough not to care.   

Here's another thing that doesn't make me grumpy. 
Spending a day at home with the kids and doing a fun kitchen project.  I've been seriously missing the kitchen lately and this easy peasy Easter project was the perfect way to combine quality time with the kids, eat some yummy food, and have the opportunity to do a little recipe blogging.  :)

One more thing that doesn't make me grumpy is General Conference.   What is General Conference?  It's a twice yearly event, where instead of going to church for that week,  we gather around our computers/televisions and enjoy spiritual enlightenment from modern-day apostles and prophets.  The messages are for our day and time and never fail to inspire me to be a better person. 

Well, I guess that's about it except for the update on Spencer.  Spence's ANC is 180, which means he's neutropenic again.  His platelets went down to 7 yesterday (normal is 140), so they transfused him STAT, especially when his nose started randomly bleeding.  He's also as stir-crazy as me, which means he alternates between being silly and challenging me to a lot of duels and being grumpier than me. 

Thanks for caring enough to read our boring letter.


PS  Thanks for the quote you sent me.  I love it and wish more people would send me quotes. 

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."                               
                                                 Isaiah 41:10    ( also a verse in How
Firm a Foundation)


Anonymous said...

Hi Laura,
Not sure if you remember me, but I just wanted you to know that you are amazing!! Thank you for your inspiring posts

One of Lara's obnoxious brother said...

Oh hi Anonymous! Of course I remember you. It's been a long time. I hope you are doing well.

One of Lara's obnoxious brothers said...

Sorry Anonymous - that was rude. I am kind of obnoxious and could not help myself. I do agree with you that Lara is amazing.

K said...

I also agree with anonymous and Lara's obnoxious brother that Lara is AMAZING!

Steve-Rosanna said...

And I also agree that K is just about the best thing since well....Apple juice. And instead of wasting all that perfectly good AJC, you could've used some Mountain Dew-which your younger sibs say looks just know...# 1.

The waffle iron is absolutely the most perfect gift for a hungry young cancer patient.

Thanks for your post as we have been very bored day after day going to your blog and finding Isolation at the top. ;o)

By the way, it was so good to catch up with you on the phone for a few minutes this morning.

Much love to all.


K said...

What happened to my other comment? You don't like me talking about pp?

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