Monthly Archives: October 2014

Erin and Gobliin Cookie – Wed. Oct. 29, 2014

Erin just asked me to join her in sharing one of the delicious goblin cookies
which she received in the mail yesterday from college friends of mine. I had
already eaten my quota of calories for the day, but succumbed to the

Clark Erin with Spinach Dip – Thurs. Oct. 16, 2014

Erin texted me and called me tonight when we were at bridge to keep me informed of the
Giants – Cards game. She was so excited when the Giants won.

When we walked in the door after bridge, Erin said she had a surprise for us in the kitchen.
She had made a beautiful spinach dip in a holed out round of French bread. I don’t know
how she managed to cut the bread and scoop out the inside with one hand. Also, she had
opened the can of water chestnuts with our not so reliable electric can opener that we cannot
make work half the time. She and Clark had bought the ingredients this afternoon.


Erin and Denise – Wed. Oct. 15, 2014

Clark, Erin, and I met Denise for lunch today at 33rd St Bistro on Folsom Blvd. Erin is showing Denise
the songs that she has downloaded.

Denise wrote last week that her cousin’s 28 year old son with the glioblastoma (GBM) had died 3 weeks’
ago, 22 months after diagnosis. His was an astrocytoma, a star shaped tumor. He had only had surgery
for a biopsy. He also developed tumors on his brain stem and on the other side of his brain.

Erin likes walking on the shoe that is protecting her injured toe. She says the toe does hurt some. The anti-biotic seems to be curing the probable bladder infection.


A Trip to the ER – Mon. Oct. 13, 2014

When I got home today, Clark said that Erin had fallen while transferring from the bed to the wheelchair. When she woke up, I noticed that there was blood on the 2 smallest toes of her right foot. Underneath the 4th toe there was a deep laceration which I thought probably required stitches. So, off we went to the Emergency Room at Kaiser on Morse Av.

Erin was seen fairly quickly, and when the doctor called me in, I thought that he probably needed me to translate, but he was all finished and wanted to explain that it was a difficult area in which to take stitches. So, instead he had glued it. After that we waited a long time for a nurse to bring a boot for her. Then another wait for a tetanus shot.

Erin has been complaining of symptoms of a bladder infection. So, again there were long waits for the test and the results. The result said that there was no infection, but the doctor sent the specimen on for a culture. In the meantime, he prescribed an antibiotic. Again, there was a wait at the pharmacy.

After our 2 hour outing, we arrived home to find that the 49ers had taken the lead – they had been behind 14-0 when we left Kaiser.


Tommy Deep in Leaves – Sun. Oct. 12, 2014

Dinner Out – Fri. Oct. 10, 2014

Erin has been quite upbeat the past couple of days. When I got home Wed., she said that she thought that needed to get out more. So, she called Cindy to suggest that they get together for dinner last (Friday) night. Cindy stopped on her way home from work, and they went to Cafe Bernardo in the Pavilions Shopping Center. Erin brought home extra pizza for Clark.


Intake Appt at Easter Seals – Mon. Oct. 6, 2014

I have been intending to enroll Erin in a water therapy program at Easter Seals of Sacramento on Hurley Way. They have a pool with a wheel chair ramp. The pool is kept at 91-94 degrees.

I had had Dr. Adams sign the prescription request last April, but hadn’t followed through on it. So, in Sept. Dr. Lallana signed the request. Today we signed forms. Erin spoke to the receptionist without ever hesitating to find a word, telling her about her grammar and high school swimming experiences.

Afterwards the receptionist took us to look at the pool. There were about 20 people in it doing independent exercise or attending a class. Our orientation session for the pool isn’t for a couple of weeks. Erin says she loves the water, and is quite excited.