Monthly Archives: September 2014

Erin viewing my Salmon alla Genovese – Wed. Sep 24, 2014

We had lunch today at one of Erin’s favorite restaurants, the Cheese Factory.
I thought that I was ordering from the SkinnyLicious menu where all of the
items are under 590 calories. Instead, my delicious salmon over couscous
with green beans and pesto sauce was 1190 calories. Eak.. a day’s supply of calories.
So, I only ate half for lunch and brought the other half home sans pesto sauce.

When Erin got home, she went around the block in her wheelchair. She has
been quite upbeat the past few days.


Erin Vivian Nico – Sun. Sept. 21, 2014

It’s Wed. the 24th, and Clark, Erin, and I are having lunch at the Cheese Factory in Arden Fair, one of Erin’s favorites.

Erin just commented on much fun she and Shannon had Sunday watching Vivian’s little boy Nico celebrate his 2nd birthday. Barbara

Another Clear MRI – Wed. Sept. 17, 2014

Erin saw Dr. Lallana, the neuro-oncologist, today. Both he and a neuro-radiologist read yesterday’s MRI and they said that there was no evidence of anything growing. The MRI was unchanged from the one taken last January. Erin had lost a few pounds since she last saw Dr. Lallana last April.

After the appointment we went grocery shopping, which Erin loves to do.


Denise Erin Clark at Cafe Bernardo – Tues. Sept. 16, 2014

Erin had a busy day today. She was so sound asleep this morning, I was afraid she would not be up to our plans, but we had to get out of the house for the cleaning ladies.

We met Denise for lunch at Cafe Bernardo in the Pavilions shopping center. Patricia and I met Denise at the Santa Clara tournament a year ago, and Denise is currently living in Sacramento while her new condo in Mountain View is being built, and she is helping care for her cousin’s son who has a Stage 3 Astrocytoma and is on hospice.

After lunch Erin had an MRI. I got her appt with Dr. Lallana changed from 9:30 am tomorrow to a more Erin-like 3:15 pm. Then we went to Emigh Hardware and she wanted to get out of the car because she said that the store is fun.

After that we went to drop off WD-40 at my friend Erlene’s lovely new place in Eskaton Village. I visited Erlene yesterday and her walker was squeaking. Today we could not get it to squeak! Erin asked to come in there, too. And Clark, Erin, and I ended up visiting for about 45 min. Erlene kept raving over how good Erin looked and visa versa.


Clark Erin on Erin’s Birthday – Sun. Sept. 14, 2014

That styrofoam box in front of Erin says, “Erin, Happy Birthday”. All Erin wanted to do for her birthday was to have take out sushi as the 49er football game began. She went out with Shannon and Cindy last night to Tower Cafe, so today she wanted to sleep late.

I made a reservation at Piatti for a noon lunch with Brandon, Lisa, and Beck. But, at 11 am when we woke her up, she couldn’t rally. When we got home, she wondered where we went and doesn’t remember that we had woken her up.

The boys called about 10 am to wish her a happy birthday, (her 43rd).


Superhero Cake – Sun. Sept. 7, 2014

Erin attended the Superhero birthday party for her nephew, Beckett “Beck” today at
Beck’s house in River Park about 2.5 miles from our house. Beck will be 5 tomorrow, the 8th.
After about an hour and a half Erin fell asleep in her chair, so we brought her home.

But, we witnessed about a dozen children jumping in a Spider Man jump house,
decorating capes, and the arrival of Batman and his female assistant. When we
left, they were supervising games.

A friend made the cake. I am amazed at the brilliant colors and the hulk fist.


UC Med Center Brain Tumor Support Group – Sat. Sept. 6, 2014

As I wrote in the blog below, the past 2 weeks have been busy ones for Erin.Thursday evening
Shannon took Erin to a brain tumor support group at the UC Med Center here in Sacramento.
The group meets the first Thursday of the month. Shannon and Erin had planned several times
previously to go, but something came up.

There were about 15 people including spouses or friends present, Erin the only one with a
glioblastoma (GBM). The nurse leader of the group has been leading the group for 24 years and
was amazed at Erin’s 5+ year survival rate. Erin found the group very supportive and useful.

Afterwards, Erin and Shannon went to a late dinner at the Tower Cafe on Broadway. They
used to hang out there when they were single. They hope to make the support group and
Tower Cafe a monthly routine.

Wed. night Erin went around the block pushing herself arriving home just as it was turning
dark. The combination of all this activity left Erin exhausted, and she slept all day yesterday.