Happy 21st Birthday, Wheeler!!! – Sat. Feb. 18, 2017

Erin wishes her oldest nephew a very Happy 21st Birthday. He makes her so happy when he is around. This photo was taken last Fall when he visited Arches National Park with his Mom, Colleen, (Erin’s big sister).

He spent the evening working, then hanging out at the Brew Pub downstairs from the restaurant where he works in Boulder. Colleen went over late in the evening to buy her boy a drink. Instead, his friends bought her one.

A proud grandma,
Barbara

Erin & Shannon off to Concert – Sun. Feb. 12, 2017

Shannon’s and Chris’ 13 year old daughter, Kellyn, sings with a Children’s Choir that is performing tonight at the Lutheran Church at 17th and L. So, Shannon picked up Erin and they were going to meet Chris, their son Mateo, and Shannon’s mother for dinner beforehand, and then go to the concert. It is so good of Shannon to include Erin in their plans.

Barbara

Sue MC Erin Paula Barb at North Ridge CC – Fri. Feb. 10, 2017

Sue, Mary Claire,  Erin, and Paula

Erin went with me to North Ridge CC to have lunch with some of my former social bridge group. Mary Claire specifically invited Erin to come. 4 of the group couldn’t make it. 

Here Mary Claire, Erin, and I are on the deck overlooking the 10th Fairway. The 10th hole is normally a 5 par, but the greens are all under construction. There is a new temporary green about 60% of the way down the fairway. A huge branch of a eucalyptus tree had fallen half way across the fairway, but the ground is so wet that no equipment can get out to remove the branch. There was no one playing golf in spite of the beautiful sunny day.

Mary Claire sent us home with a box of yummy lemon bars!
Barbara

Erin Brandon – Sat. Feb. 4, 2017

 

At Erin’s suggestion Clark, Erin, and I went to Danielle’s Crêperie for lunch today. Erin studied the menu intensely and decided on a spinach, mushroom, egg, and cheese breakfast crêpe, which she ate about half of. Then she ordered a crab and spinach crêpe to go to have for dinner.

We had barely arrived home, when the doorbell rang. It was Erin’s brother, Brandon. Brandon, Lisa, and Beck live in River Park, which is 2 1/2 mi from here, yet I think this is the first time since Christmas that we have seen Brandon. Erin is always pleased to see her (4 year) older brother as you can tell from the big smile on her face.

Now, about an hour after arriving home from lunch, Erin is eating the other half of her lunch crêpe. It is nice to see her eating again. For the past 2 1/2 weeks since Patricia left, Erin has hardly eaten anything.

(Note: I am reposting this so that the pictures are larger.)

Barbara

Paco and Tommy Skiing – Sat. Feb. 4, 2017

Looks like a beautiful day in Michigan for skiing. Paco was glad to be back on skis after his collar bone injury.

(Sorry. The video didn’t come through.)

Barbara

Visit with Dr. Lallana – Tuesday, Jan, 31, 2107

We took Erin for an appointment with Dr. Lallana, her neuro-oncologist, today. He asked how she was doing, and we mentioned that she had been in a lot of pain due to the benign Desmoid tumor on her neck. He felt that she should consider having surgery to remove it. He said that it is growing and is just going to cause a lot more pain. He said that it wouldn’t kill her the way a growing glioblastoma would, but it would cause a lot of complications. He was quite adamant that doing nothing was a bad idea.

The appointment lasted a half hour. It wasn’t until the last 5 minutes, that Dr. Lallana mentioned that her brain scan is clear of tumor. There is no recurrence of the GBM.

Afterwards, we went to JimBoy Taco for a breakfast burrito, and this time (about 10:15am) they were open.

Barbara

MRI of both the Neck and the Brain – Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

We went to Kaiser at 6:30 am this morning so that Erin could have MRIs of both the brain and the neck. Erin enjoyed seeing her buddies on the staff there whom she has been seeing at least twice a year for the past 7 1/2 years.

She was supposed to see Dr. Lallana, her neuro-oncologist, for a routine semi-annual appointment this afternoon. But, when the receptionist in the MRI office called up to his office to see if he could see her earlier, she found out that he was out sick. So, Erin’s appointment to see Dr. L has been changed to next week.
The pain in the back of her neck due to the benign Desmoid tumor on her trapezius muscle has been causing a lot more pain lately, so that is why she had the new MRI on the neck now instead of waiting another 3 months. Dr. Morse, the musculo-skeletal oncologist in Orthopedics at Kaiser in Oakland called me in the late afternoon. He had read the neck scan and said that the Desmoid tumor had grown about a cm (about 0.4 inch) in all directions. 3 months ago it was about 2.3 inches by 1 inch.

Again, the possible treatments are surgery which has a high recurrence rate, hormone treatment with tamoxifen, or radiation treatment which long term can actually induce small cancers. Right now Erin wants to do nothing and will probably see what the change is in another 3 months.

After the MRIs, we stopped by JimBoy Tacos to get a breakfast burrito, but they weren’t open yet! We had been up for 3 hours!

Barbara