Monday, April 16, 2012

Prince Charming ?

Since I've heard from multiple sources that my posts have been a little on the tear jerker side of things lately, I've decided that today's post will be the exact opposite of tear jerker.  This post will be all about how having leukemia has made Spencer into Prince Charming.  Not the Prince Charming who wears frilly shirts, rides horses, and goes about rescuing fair maidens from scary dragons.  No, our Spencer has eschewed the Disney-esque version of Prince Charming and instead has become The Prince Charming of Hospital Patients! 

What does it take to be the Prince Charming of Hospital Patients?  In addition to totally rocking the no-eyebrow look, Spence is
super polite, doesn't pee on the floor, and can take care of his own "downstream occlusions" in the IV line!  Combine these highly desirable patient qualities with the fact that Spencer can engage in semi-intelligent conversations and has been known to throw out flattering words to the nurses in his sleep (literally) and you can see a small glimpse at how Spence has become THE #1 pediatric hem/onc patient in demand!  The nurses literally fight over who gets to take care of him each day and many of them are so distraught when they don't get him that they will come to visit him regularly even when he's not their patient. 


Don't believe he's of Prince Charming quality yet?  Here's an actual sampling of some of the lines I've heard him use on the nurses in the last few weeks.   You decide.  

Nurse with mock exasperation:  "Why is your IV beeping again?" 

Spencer:  "I'm just purposely sabotaging the line so you would have to come back in here."


Nurse:  "It's been a while since I've seen you..."

Spencer:  "Yeah, where have you been?  I've been here waiting for you every day.  And every day with out you seems like an eternity."


Spencer:  "If you had been my nurse that night, then I wouldn't have needed my appendix out." 


Nurse:  "So and so keeps stealing you from me.  Maybe next shift I'll get you." 

Spencer:  "I'll just start being rude to all the other nurses, so you'll be the only one who wants me as their patient.  You'll be doing them all a favor and no one else will know the real reason is because I want you to be my nurse more often."  :)


Nurse (yawning):  "I had a hard time getting up and coming to work this morning." 

Spencer:  "But then you thought of me and got here as fast as you could?  Right?" 

Nurse (in full agreement):
  How did you know?   


  • Think of Spencer like Yoda, but instead of being little and green he wears shorts, defeats leukemia, and he's awesome. He's your bro—He's Broda!
  • In Spencer's body, where the pain gland should be, there is a second awesome gland. True story.
  • The reduced chest pain/lack of fevers is like the mini-cherry on top of the regular cherry on top of the sundae of awesomeness that will be his life when he can hopefully go home this week. 


"As we look for humor, seek for the eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, and draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can endure hardship and trial. We can say,“Come what may, and love it.”  

                                                                                                                      Joseph B. Wirthlin


Steve-Rosanna said...

Thanks Lara! We truly needed to see a bit of the true nature of Spencer and his life in Hem-Onc.
Mom and I both laughed and laughed at his total charm with the nurses.

K said...

Spencer's lines are hilarious! Thanks for the good laugh! I'm glad he's charming the socks off the nurses. I'm sure being a hem/onc nurse is not an easy job!

shannon said...

Love it! What a kid! And so great you documented this!

Andie said...

Love this!! :)

Charlene said...

He is Awesome!!

Heather said...

Almost makes one want to be a nurse.

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