3 years ago today on Saturday, July 4th, Clark came home from Wheeler’s baseball game at the field near Sac State and said that Erin had a brain tumor and was being transferred by ambulance from the ER at Kaiser South to the neurological ward at Kaiser Morse Av. Clark was sitting next to Colleen at the game when she got a phone call from Erin asking if Steve could bring Paco to the game so that Steve could go to the hospital.
Apparently, Erin had been having terrible headaches and on the previous day had had a horrendous one. Her friends at lunch had encouraged her to call a doctor. She talked to a doctor in Roseville who insisted that she go into an ER the next morning. She drove herself and 4 month old Tommy from Davis to Kaiser South and arranged for her friend Vivian to meet her there to care for Tommy while she was having a CT scan. She had an MRI on Sunday and then surgery on Tuesday for the glioblastoma. The tumor was completely resectable (operable) and Erin and I thought that she might be one of those few for whom the tumor didn’t return for many years.
We were told that the median survival rate for a glioblastoma was 14 months. (Ted Kennedy was an example ot that.) Erin has now survived 36 months.
Today Erin was exhausted after yesterday’s busy day. She slept until mid-afternoon, then rallied to go to the 4th of July block party at Brandon and Lisa’s. They and 8 other neighbors go together to rent a jump house, dual slip and slide, and a water slide. Individual neighbors set up wading pools such as the one in the photo below. They receive a permit from the city of Sacramento to rope off the street. Steve and the boys came, too. Tommy entertained himself for a long time riding around in a plastic car of Beck’s and Paco liked the waterslide.