Appt. in 3 Weeks – Wed. Nov. 2, 2016

Last night Erin complained that the bump on the right side of the back of her neck was bothering her. It seems larger. It is about 4 inches by 2 inches and over an inch thick, and very hard to the touch.

So, I wrote Dr. Cua (the neck specialist here) last night telling him that we had not heard from Dr. Morse, the musculoskeletal oncology specialist in Oakland. Early this afternoon Dr. Cua messaged that Erin was in Dr. Morse’s file. A short time later I got a call from Morse’s receptionist.

The first available appt was Tues. Nov. 15th at 8:10 am. Traffic would be terrible at that hour. So, I took the next available appt a week later , Nov. 22nd at 9:30 am.

Erin seems more comfortable today and wanted me to go out at 9 pm tonight (during the World Series) for some kind of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, but she couldn’t describe the flavor. She finished off some Breyer’s vanilla instead.

Barbara

Erin’s Haircut – Sat. Oct. 29, 2016

These pictures were taken 2 days ago when Erin had her hair cut for the first time in over 5 years.

Erin took a selfie of her long locks. She was letting her hair grow to give to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for children who have suffered medical hair loss.

Hairdresser, Kelly, took a picture of Erin’s long locks.

After-cut photos with Kelly.

Today we took Erin to get a blood test, which the doctor (Dr. Cua) probably wanted her to get before the MRI, but I was not aware until yesterday that he had ordered it, and we had already taken Erin to get the MRI on Wed. morning. Erin also got a flu shot.

Then we went to Boudin’s for a late lunch. When we got home, Erin went on a walk with Barbara Bravos. Erin pumps herself, but with all the leaves on the side walk, it was difficult for her to get thru the clutter. So, they were only gone for a half hour.

Barbara

Captain America and a buddy – Fri. Oct. 28, 2016

Here is another cute picture of Captain America with a buddy at the school’s Halloween party.

Barbara

Tommy as Captain America – Fri. Oct. 2016

Steve just sent these pictures of Tommy and his classmates in their Halloween costumes for a Halloween parade at school today. Erin bought the Captain America costume for Tommy when the boys were here in August.

At first glance, I thought that the boy in the hood was Tommy, but that’s Tommy in the center.

Barbara

MRI on Neck – Wed. Oct. 26, 2016

We were all up at 5:30 am this morning to take Erin to Kaiser for a 6:30 am appointment for an MRI. Last May she was bothered by a mass on the right side of the back of her neck. She was referred to a head and neck surgeon, Dr. Cua. He did a core biopsy and wrote her that it was an inflamed muscle and nothing further needed to be done.

Now the mass has about doubled in size. It is very hard and is bothering her. So we contacted Dr. Cua, and he ordered the MRI. It was old home week for Erin seeing the receptionist and the technicians in the MRI area.

Barbara

Tommy’s 2nd Grade Photo – Oct. 26, 2016

Last week Steve sent this 2nd grade picture of Tommy. Isn’t he a little imp?

Barbara

With Michael & Geraldine at Zócalo – Mon. Oct. 10, 2016

Michael Geraldine Erin Barb Clark

Michael and Geraldine, Erin’s friends from England, visited today. They are visiting Geraldine’s brother in LA and flew up to Sacramento just for the day to visit with Erin. In 1994 Erin worked in England for 6 months for Health Net and Geraldine was her supervisor. Geraldine flew over for Erin’ s wedding in 2001, and Erin flew to England for Geraldine’s wedding to Michael in 2003.

Erin wanted to go out for lunch and have Mexican food. She chose Zócalo, a restaurant in midtown. It was a delightful day to eat outside. I had enchiladas. One was covered with mole sauce and the other with salsa roja … a very colorful plate.

Michael and Geraldine left about 3:30 pm for their flight back to LA. They had rented a car with a “Sat Nav” to navigate them back to the airport.

Erin is fortunate to have such good friends.

Barbara