April 30, 2012
Erin stayed in her room all day, sleeping most of the time until dinner. I thought she had not eaten, but she had some peanut butter and crackers from the stash in her room. She enjoyed having a visit from Cindy who stopped by about 6:30 pm after work. They ate tacos in Erin’s room.
Erin says she is exhausted and feels yucky. But, she was very cheerful tonight. She says Cindy puts her in a good mood.
April 27, 2012
Erin’s Uncle Jim, my brother, had a cochlear implant today at UCSF.
He was in and out of the hospital in 6 hours. He told the nurses that
on a scale of 1 to 100, he felt like a 300. The surgeon said he had
perfect anatomy …there were no surprises when he went to do the
surgery. A few hours ago Jim had had no pain, nausea, or dizziness.
The implant will be activated in a little over a month, and then there
will be several weeks of training to use it.
April 26, 2012
Blas substituted for Denise as the visiting RN today. He last visited Erin in January and he said that she seemed the same except for her having more difficulty speaking. Erin seemed very cheerful and alert talking to him.
Barbara, the volunteer, came tonight and sorted laundry which Erin had done earlier and also helped her with looking up addresses and addressing a couple of packages.
Erin had a headache in her forehead tonight and had taken pain medicine which left her a little woozy. It was the first pain medicine that she had taken in a week other than ibuprofen. She turned off the light early hoping to get to sleep at a decent hour.
April 25, 2012
Shannon came this morning and took Erin out as she usually does on Wed. They went to Trader Joe’s to get “Orange Water” (sparkling orange flavored water). But, they forgot to get the Joe’s Mac ‘n Cheese which Colleen had alerted Erin to. I heard laughter in Erin’s room around 4 pm. It was big sister Colleen chatting with Erin. Later, Colleen went to Trader Joe’s and came back with several packages of Trader Joe’s Mac ‘n Cheese for Erin.
When the cleaning ladies were here, they commented on the beautiful flowers on the table. I explained (as best I could in Spanish) that they were from Trader Joe’s. Erin used to push Tommy in the stroller to Trader Joe’s in Davis. So, a couple of times when Steve has been in TJ’s with the boys, the check out clerk recognized Tommy and sent flowers for Erin home with Steve. This happened last Sat.
Today when Shannon and Erin were out, Clark and I went to a lunch at Sam’s Hofbrau with some 30 friends, many of whom I knew when I was single. So, many of them watched Erin growing up and asked about her. Thanks to all of them who are praying for Erin. The lunch was organized by Lucy and Mack White, so the two Lucys in my life are Lucy White and Lucy Brown, who comments frequently on the blog.