Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas on the 8th Floor

On Christmas Eve Kathi went to The Rose for a routine checkup. The Rose does mammograms, ultra sound and bone density testing. The Rose is a nonprofit organization in Houston, Texas that specializes in women’s breast health. They provide a low cost service for those with insurance and free service to women who cannot afford to pay. You can donate to the rose at their website,

After our visit to the Rose we went to visit Kathi’s brother, Larry at Methodist hospital on the 8th floor of the main building. While Kathi visited with Larry and Andrea, I walked around the 8th floor to get a few pictures of the Christmas decorations.

Larry was in good spirits and ate some roast and green bean casserole. We talked for several hours and his energy level continues to improve. Daily blood tests are aggravating, but indicate his body is making some improvements to rid itself of the leukemia cells. Larry will have a bone marrow biopsy on Monday.

We talked to our son, AJ in Austin this morning to wish him a Merry Christmas. We have not heard from our son, Christopher. We normally do not call him because of his erratic work and sleep schedule. Kathi and I are spending a quiet Christmas day at home. Christmas is not the same for us as it was when the boys were little. We have had a lot to be thankful for this year and the few regrettable things become lost memories as quickly as possible.

I hope everyone is having a grand Christmas. Thanks for taking time out to share our travels and adventures with us. 


Christmas decorations in one of the waiting areas on the 8th floor.

A white Christmas tree in the kitchen.

What a great idea. A mail box specially for Santa.

Candy Cane Lane has a nice sound to it.

So no one forgets why we are on the 8th floor. 

Everyone stops at the wash station to wash hands before entering the unit.

Staff at the hospital has been exceptional. I loved the Christmas colors in her hat.

Christmas display in Larry's room.


  1. Arlen and Kathi, I just happened upon your blog by way of The Bayfield Bunch.
    I'm sorry to hear your loved one is ill and in the hospital for Christmas. I have had this experience (different blood disease) with my Mother. There are no words for what you all are experiencing. I wish you the best. Larry keep fighting. It looks like you are in very good care.

  2. Thanks, Connie. I appreciate your thoughts and your sharing about your mother.

  3. I have been happy to hear of Larry's improvements post chemo therapy. Merry Christmas Everyone!

  4. Thanks for the update on Larry. We are so happy to hear he is feeling better.
    Merry Christmas. Hope to see you both soon.