Kathi and I are taking a break from our travels this year to take care of some family business. While we are mostly stationary I have been posting some of our previous year travel experiences on this blog. We spent September, October and November of 2014 in Georgetown, TX to be near our son, AJ in Austin. We came to the Houston area to be near other family members for the year-end holidays. We moved into the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, Texas and are still there. We are usually on the Oregon coast by this time with my sister Carol and her husband Lloyd Jackson. We will miss them this year. We will also miss the cool Oregon coast summer temperature.
Just before Thanksgiving Kathi’s brother, Larry Clark was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. His wife Andrea has a full time job and needs to spend as much time at work as possible to keep her employers satisfied. Kathi and I have been helping by visiting Larry at the Methodist Hospital and taking him for routine blood tests and infusions at the clinic on the 8th floor of that hospital.
Larry had a bone marrow transplant about two weeks ago. His bone marrow is starting to produce white blood cells again, which is encouraging. He has felt poorly most of the last two weeks, but he knows he has to keep walking the halls of the hospital to get released to go home. If he is not able to care for himself he will only be released to a rehab center. Next week his transplant doctor will run a DNA test to assure the new white blood cells are from the donated bone marrow. We hope that is the case. If so, he may be able to go home next week.
Larry’s taste buds are shot and not many foods taste good to him right now, but he thinks he may be able to eat Kathi’s meatloaf. We plan to deliver some meatloaf and mashed potatoes to him this afternoon. I think I even saw some deviled eggs. He has lost about 15 pounds this trip to the hospital and with home cooking and sometimes forced feeding (Making him eat whether he wants to or not.) we hope to build the weight back up quickly.
A bigger concern is that his immune system is very weak because of the white blood cells being so low. Kathi and I spent yesterday at their house to let the professional cleaners come in for service. Andrea had professional cleaners trying to remove sources of bacteria or dust that might cause respiratory issues. Larry will have to wear a face mask when he leaves his house, even in their back yard to prevent picking up any virus or pollen that might cause him to get sick. His grandkids will not be able to visit for a while.
After he is released from the hospital we will be taking him for blood tests three days per week.
My next post I will return to our 2005 travels, beginning with our move from Sacramento to Redwood City on March 3rd of that year.