Long Overdue Update

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

Not much to tell, which in itself is GOOD news, I suppose. Robert has been able to stay out of the hospital, free of urinary tract or other infections.

A Little of This; a Little of That

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Robert has been showing more independence each day. He doesn’t get up and cook dinner every evening, but he gets up and fixes lunch for himself each day. Sometimes, I come home for lunch and we eat together. This weekend will be our big grocery shopping expedition. That used to be Roberto’s task, one he […]

Galloping Gourmet

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Robert has done a 180-degree turnaround in outlook, spirit and activity level since he’s gotten his new chair. Just tonight, I came home to Robert in the kitchen, putting finishing touches on dinner, which was roast pork, macaroni and cheese and mixed veggies. He had also brewed a pitcher of iced tea. I was happy […]

Freedom Is…

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

not being confined to your bedroom except on days when you have a doctor’s appointment… It’s being able to go anywhere in the house that you want, to the living room to surf the Net and play your favorite Golf Sim, to the kitchen to grab a snack… even to the front porch to catch […]

Hell on Wheels

Friday, July 30th, 2004

Robert got his wheelchair the other day, finally. And man, is it nice. Sitting next to the Invacare 9000 rental (list price, $989), the Tilite SX (base price $3095; final bill to insurance company, $8165) looks like a Lexus sitting next to an old Ford Maverick. And it makes all the difference in the world […]

Fall Down, Go Boom

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

It finally happened. The physical therapists at TIRR warned it would. They always said, it’s not a matter of if, but when. When you fall. I was running late getting off work last night and called the house around 6 p.m. When Robert answered, I asked my customary question, “Is everything okay?” He replied that […]

July Update

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

Robert is doing fairly well. He has managed not to have any UTIs since that really bad one he had in mid-April, right after he got home. So far, so good! His appetite is back to normal (eat everything in site!). He’s keeping his blood sugar under control (which helps with no run-away urine output, […]


Saturday, June 19th, 2004

We picked up the prescription for Roberto’s chair FINALLY today. Monday, I’ll fax it to the home health care peeps who will be calling to schedule a time to come to the house to measure Robert for this chair. I always thought a wheelchair is a wheelchair is a wheelchair. Not so! There are different […]

Project Walk

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

I was over at SpinalCord.org and found ProjectWalk. I’ve never been so encouraged by the videos I watched of the progress some of these people have made. It was very heartwarming to say the least. I’d love to get Robert into this program or one like it. Insurance won’t pay for this, natch. And the […]


Sunday, April 25th, 2004

I just hope Robert doesn’t have to celebrate his birthday in the hospital and that we have good news by that time. That would be a nice present. Comments Memo Hello Bro, Que pasa? Hope that another abscess is not forming and hope you heal from the infection quickly. Si no es una cosa es […]

Homecoming King (and Queen)

Sunday, April 11th, 2004

Thursday was a hectic day. Not only was it the last day at my desk at work, but I had a Z Club of Houston meeting that I couldn’t get out of. After that, I raced over to Heartland to pick up Roberto for his ride home, a moment I’d been eagerly awaiting. We got […]

Un Mas Dia

Thursday, April 8th, 2004

And one more night of being alone in the house. Robert’s durable medical equipment arrived today: Hospital bed with motorized head and foot, and an Invacare MicroAir 3500S low pressure mattress to prevent pressure wounds. Wheelchair with roho (not rojo!) cushion. I’ve got the sheet (twin) on the bed, his pillows (including the two brand […]

Two Weeks

Sunday, March 28th, 2004

Good Friday will be a very good Friday indeed. Robert is coming home!! Woot! Yay! Yippee!! He’s excited about that, but a little apprehensive as this is all uncharted waters for him. Still, it will be nice to be home, back in his own surroundings! With his cat! Speaking of the cat, today was Pet […]

Weekend Update

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

Only thing is, I’m not Dennis Miller! Because Heartland is so far, and because I had a few things to do this weekend (a couple of which were kinda of unexpected), I didn’t get to spend that much time with Robert. But both times, I came bearing takeout supper treats. And the day’s newspaper. The […]

Home Is Where the Heart(land) Is

Friday, March 19th, 2004

Robert got to Heartland after lunch today. He was kind of disappointed to be sharing a room with someone. A grumpy old man who flirted shamelessly with the nurses but who, wisely, did not attempt to strike up a convo with Robert. As long as Robert has been in the hospital, he has been isolated […]

Robert’s Grand Day Out

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

I stayed overnight at the hospital last night so we could leave for home as soon as Robert felt like it. He had to wait around for his morning medication, and then get his “take outs” for the day. Curfew was easygoing, the nurse said “Anytime before 9PM.” He had another UTI, though, which they […]

Day Tripper!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2004

Good news to report. I sat in on the weekly team meeting this morning. Robert’s pain has subsided. The doctor is 99.9% sure it was a muscle sprain. Let’s keep fingers, toes, eyes crossed on that! He had a CT scan yesterday to rule out other possibilities. We should know the findings from that CT […]

Welcome to Roberto’s Place

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004

If you are seeing this message then you’ve logged in successfully. Here’s where Roberto and I will share updates concerning his health and recovery from a spinal cord injury. Friends and family, if you wish to contact Roberto or me, just send an e-mail (see sidebar). Updates will be posted here when there’s news to […]