Monthly Archives: March 2014

Erin Shannon Cindy – Sun. Mar 30, 2014

Shannon showed up this afternoon with a bag full of goodies from Panera. Cindy showed up soon afterwards.
Shan brought a tuna sandwich for Erin, chocolate chip cookies, an assortment of cupcakes, and iced tea.
Good friends.


March 29, 2013: Visitors

Steve here.

This afternoon the boys and I came to visit with Erin. Paco and Tomás mostly sat by her bedside playing in a computer and an iPad. Erin spoiled them with candy from her Easter stash.

Erin seemed to be having trouble speaking and complained about continued double vision… But seemed energetic and happy to see the boys.

Mellow – Thursday, March 27, 2014

Erin seems very mellow these days. She sleeps most of the day and is awake and watches TV for a few hours at night. She had a piece of pizza yesterday for dinner, but today has not wanted to eat at all. We brought home some chicken McNuggets which she normally loves, but she didn’t want any. She did just drink a bottle of 7Up which she really likes.

She says that for the last 3 days she has become scared of getting in and out of bed, and frequently calls for help. But, she was pleased tonight that she did it easily. Clark bought her a whistle, so that she can call for us, but it doesn’t seem to be loud enough. I just happened to come into her room when she was blowing it this evening.

Steve took her to have an MRI Tuesday, but it will be a week before we find out the result. She had been reluctant to have the MRI because she didn’t see the point of it. But, it was old home week visiting with all the technicians and she says it was so much fun.


Sleeping, Falling, Incoherent – Sunday, March 23, 2014

Erin has pretty much been sleeping round the clock. Yesterday, whenever I checked in on her in the daytime, she was pretty incoherent. Then last night at 11 pm, even though her light was out, she had the TV on. We had been to an 80th birthday party where they had served Indian food. We brought some home to her and she loved it, and had 2nd helpings. She kept raving over how much she loves Indian food. She had barely finished it, when she fell asleep again.

At 4 am she phoned me. She had fallen on the way back to her bed from the bathroom. It took both of us to get her up. Then again at 7:30 am there was another phone call. This time I think she had slid off the edge of the bed.

This afternoon Steve brought Paco to see Erin. (Tommy had a play date.) Erin came out of her grogginess and smiled and enthusicastically talked to Paco. This evening she had some chicken tortilla casserole in her room. She eats one meal a day.

She just phoned at 11:30 pm because she was having difficulty getting out of bed to get to the bathroom in spite of the fact that she now has a pole next to the bed again.


Eagle Eyes – Wed. March 19, 2014

Erin wanted me to report that she has been double vision free for the past 6 hours this evening. It is strange how it comes and goes. Her eagle eyes spotted my phone charger plugged into an outlet in the dining room. I had not been able to find it for the past couple of days. She also reminded Clark that he should take out the garbage for pickup tomorrow.

We saw Dr. Adams, the oncologist, yesterday. He didn’t seem to be too concerned about the increased double vision. But, when we mentioned that she had thrown up 4 times in the past week, he immediately made a bee line to his computer to schedule an MRI within the next 10 days. He said both symtoms can be caused by intracranial pressure. 


Tommy age 5 and all grown up – Sunday, March 16. 2016

Tommy agreed to have his haircut preferring to have his
Dad cut it, rather than a salon. Gone is the tail in the
back! Tommy’s reward: new soccer cleats.

Steve had a third celebration of Tommy’s 5th birthday
yesterday. This time was a playdate birthday party for
6 of Tommy’s preschool friends. The 7 little boys ran
around the yard in the nearly 80 degree temperature
for a couple of hours, then had a spiderman birthday cake.

Erin didn’t feel up to going down for the occasion. We
figured we would not be missed with so many friends
for Tommy to enjoy.


Feeling Weird – Friday, March 14, 2014

Erin said she felt weird today.  She cancelled her physical therapy appointment for this afternoon. About 5 pm she felt shakey and thought that she should have something to eat. I gave her some of Costco’s quinoa and kale to which I had added sauteed mushrooms. She normally loves it. But, after a couple of bites, she had had enough. She said that food just didn’t taste good. About an hour later, she threw up it and the diet Pepsi she had been drinking all afternoon.

She later drank 7Up and had a small piece of brie. About midnight, Clark cooked her a cheese quesidilla. So far, so good! Tonight she saw an ad on TV for DiGiorno pizza, so she wants us to get her one at the grocery store tomorrow.