Monthly Archives: April 2012

Visit from Cindy

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.


Tommy, Steve, and Paco in Park – Apr 29, 2012

Steve and the boys arrived around noon today. Erin gave each of the boys a Lego toy

purchased on one of her shopping trips with her good friend, Shannon. That kept them

busy for quite a while. After about a half hour Erin wanted to rest, so Steve took the

boys to the park across the street. Shortly thereafter Evelyn, the bath giver arrived, so

Erin didn’t get much rest. She seems extremely tired most of the time.


Paco had a Little League game back in Davis at 4 pm,, so Steve went and got some

Carl’s Jr food. Tommy wasn’t very interested in his burrito. Instead, he determined

that blueberries and strawberries float in orange sparkling water, but blackberries sink.

I think he may become a physicist!


Paco all set for Little League game – Apr 29, 2012

Paco likes to play catcher best.

Paco is #1 – Apr 29, 2012

Paco says that he is #1 because he is the shortest player on the 8 & 9 year old team.

Tommy at Park Apr 29, 2012

Tommy is proud of T-shirt purchased recently at the Univ. of Michigan book store

Joanne Donovan, Erin, Barb – Apr 28, 2012

Today my friend Joanne Kelly Donovan from Lodi stopped by on her way home from
attending a Memorial Mass and breakfast for Mary Mooney. Mary was a mutual friend
of ours who would have been 80 years old today and who died of a glioblastoma 20
years ago. A group which Joanne and Mary belonged to meets every year with Mary’s
sister to celebrate Mary’s birthday. Mary was the first person I had heard of who had

a glioblastoma and I don’t think I heard of it again until Ted Kennedy was diagnosed

with one. In 1978 my father-in-law and my next door neighbor both had an astrocytoma

grade 4, which I now know is automatically a glioblastoma. Both of them lived 3

months from diagnosis.

Erin got tired when Joanne was here and lay down right after this photo. She seems
to be aching all over.


Jim a few hours after a Cochlear Implant

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.