May 31, 2012
Clark and Erin joined us between sessions of the bridge tournament for dinner at the Elephant Bar. Patricia, Jim, Mary Ose, and I had played on a team this afternoon, so Mary joined us for dinner, too, as did Dave Vidaver with whom Clark and I have had a lot of sushi outings. Mary commented that this was the 3rd night in a row that she had had dinner with us. Dave and Patricia always enjoy intellectual conversations every time she is out from Denver.
After dinner Clark took Erin to AT&T because her new phone was locked. He went into the store and got an accomodating clerk to come out to the car to help with the phone. The girl took the phone back into the store and it took her about 15 min to get it working. Erin lost some of the stuff that she had stored on the phone.
May 29, 2012
Erin is still recovering from her busy weekend. She slept until 11 am getting up then for bath and lunch. Then she went back to sleep and sat on the bed to talk to Denise, the RN, when she arrived at 3 pm.
Erin complained of the pain that starts in the forehead and goes down the front of her face. Denise doesn’t think it is due to the tumor, but instead may be a sinus headache. So, Erin is going to try Claritin, the allergy medicine, for a couple of days.
Abby, the bath giver, noted that Erin’s right leg was shaking. Clark noticed it yesterday, and I noted it a couple of days ago, but forgot about it. She doesn’t have much use of her right leg. That is why she is prone to fall.
May 28, 2012
Today was Steve’s birthday. I was playing in the Regional Bridge Tournament at the Double Tree, so I met the gang at Chevy’s for dinner. My bridge partner for the day, Mary, joined us also. She and Steve talked cars because she has a rare car.
Earlier in the day Clark and Erin went to the grocery store, and then went to Big 5 where Erin got out of the car.
Erin lost her iPhone in San Jose this past weekend, so on the way to dinner, Clark and Erin met Steve and the boys at AT&T, and got Steve a new phone and Erin will inherit Steve’s. Tommy rode with Clark to Chevy’s and he came in all excited about riding in Clark’s car.
May 27, 2012
Steve brought Erin home about 6:30 tonight after a fun, but perhaps tiring, 2 days in San Jose. Erin was up all day yesterday visiting their Argentinian friends Carolina and German and their 4 young children. Steve used to work at eBay with German. Erin’s nurse practioner friend, Debbie, was also there.
The “handicapped room” at the Double Tree was not very well equipped, not even a hand-held shower, and Erin fell, but survived.
Today they visited cousins Ken and Anne in Santa Cruz near Scott’s Valley. Steve said that their 15 year-old Alec and almost 12 year-old Caroline are both taller than he is. Paco had fun playing with 2nd cousin, 10 year-old Kyle.
Erin is tired and in pain through the front of her face. I think the pain meds are making her talk very incoherently. But, the weekend was a big success and she wants to do more similar outings.
May 24, 2012
Erin slept most of the day … until about 3 pm, when she and I had an early dinner. We split her Mac ‘n Cheese and I had some steelhead trout. She was asleep when Barbara, the volunteer, showed up at 6 pm, and we left for bridge.
When we came home, Erin was all perky and raving about how much Barbara had helped her – with laundry, closet arranging, medicine. Erin says that Barbara is a good friend.
May 22, 2012
Yesterday my friend Lucy Brown suggested Apria Healthcare as a possible source for a ramp. I had actually talked to them yesterday and they do not carry ramps. So, we ordered one on line.
We went into Apria today for the first time since it switched from being Abbey and what a difference! There is not a big store to roam around and look at things like I used to do 20 years ago when Brandon was in a wheelchair. There’s a sterile lobby where you sign in. Supplies are all behind empty walls. Fortunately, there was a young employee who came up to the desk as I was signing in, and he looked at Erin’s transport chair and told me where to tighten screws with an Allen wrench so that the handles would not be so wiggly. We were there 4 min.
Afterwards, we went next door to Costco where Clark with his bad foot and Erin sat in the food patio while I laid in supplies.
Colleen just stopped by and worked with the Allen wrench getting things tightened up.