Monthly Archives: July 2012

Visit to Oncologist

Erin saw Dr. Adams yesterday. He thought that she had remained very stable over the past few months with only more trouble with word finding.

Today Erin had visits from Colleen and from her next door neighbors in Davis.


Erin eating sushi with chopstick in left hand

Steve sent this photo to me this evening when I was helping out at bridge. I phoned Clark and asked him if Erin had gone out for sushi with Steve. (Erin had already had an early dinner with us before I left for bridge.) Clark said “no” that Steve had stopped by, but left after a half hour. Then he went to look in Erin’s room … and no Erin. She was indeed out for shushi!


Erin posted photos

Erin posted the 3 photos below. Steve sent her the 2 of the boys. Then she caught me napping in the bed next to her.

She was feeling yucky today, and had trouble finding food she liked, though she had me call Clark at bridge to have him pick up a fillet-o-fish at MacDonald’s on his way home.  She ate about 2/3 of it. She has gone to bed early again tonight.



I Love my kids. Steve to this one.


What make with inept


Erin,Paco,Steve,Clark,Barb July 27, 2012

Here is another photo from yesterday’s family gathering. In the front row are Erin,

8 year old son Paco, and husband Steve. In the back row Clark and I. 3 year old

Tommy scrambled out of the photo wanting to play with his cousin Beck.

Erin had a quiet day today. We ate left over chiles rellenos .. delicious. They are

my criterion for judging a Mexican restaurant. She went to bed at 10 pm … early

in this household.


Brandon Barb Colleen Erin July 27, 2012

The family gathered tonight to celebrate the birthday of yours truly, Barbara,
Erin’s Mom. Erin is shown here with big brother Brandon, me, and big sister
Colleen. We were blessed with delightful 80 degree weather, so could
eat on the patio.

Erin and Clark went to Caballo Blanco to pick up Mexican food for dinner.

Colleen made guacamole and Caesar salad and Brandon and Lisa
brought an Ettore’s (the local European bakery) kahlua cake. So, I followed
the advice of Brandon’s birthday card (shown below) and did not cook.

Today Erin received a very amusing card from her friend English friend,
Geraldine, and husband Michael. It featured 2 workmen having lunch
seated on a beam suspended out about 6 stories high. Inside both
Geraldine and MIchael had written nice notes to Erin.

But, tonight Erin was in tears and asked me to read the messages to her.
She could see the writing, but could not focus on it or trace it across the
page. Yet, somehow she can read just enough on the Internet to be able
to order things. She said there are fewer words and she does read them
over and over about 5 times.

Brandon, Lisa, and Beck left just after the Queen’s stand-in landed in
the Olympic stadium. Steve and kids stayed for a while longer, and
Colleen, Erin, Clark, and I watched the Opening Ceremonies for much

No Cook Card July 27, 2012

Below is the amusing birthday card I received from Brandon. inside it
says, “It’s your birthday. Don’t cook.” I followed its advice.


When we got home tonight from bridge, Erin said that she and Barbara (the volunteer) had done some decorating. Erin supervised Barbara mounting hats that had been given to Erin 3 years ago when she was on radiation. Barbara stood on the desk the TV is on to pin the hats on the wall.

They also went for a walk around the block with Erin propelling herself most of the way.



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