MD Anderson Update 8/30/17

MD Anderson Sarcoma center called today. They have scheduled Robbie to have chemo on Monday. This means we will be trying to navigate back into Houston this weekend. 

We will be checking in advance to see what roads are open. We heard that our apartment building only had some water damage and only lost power for a few hours. Our apt is on the third floor, so we expect it to be okay. We are mostly worried about finding a safe way into the city. We also wonder how we can help.

Amazing Neighbors 8/30/17

We have the most amazing neighbors. Some neighbors have been taking turns mowing our lawn and picking up our mail when it is randomly delivered. They have sent cards and gifts to Robbie and encouraging messages to us. When we got back from Houston, one neighbor dropped off breakfast. Our house has even had a few repairs done and the yard work Jim had started was finished. 

We are so thankful for their kindness and support. 

Photography and Sloths 8/29/17

Robbie had fun taking pictures at the Oklahoma City Zoo this afternoon.  

He also received two new sloths today, which he loves. It was so nice that they thought of him. It really made his day. 

I visited Centennial Elementary in the morning and got to see some of my teacher friends that weren’t busy and a few of my students. I hope to get a chance to stop back to help my substitute teacher. I really miss teaching there this year. I’ve been gone since school got out.

We are still waiting to hear back from MD Anderson. 

Robbie and Sloth 8/28/17

Robbie enjoyed a quiet day at home today. We are watching the news of Houston and can’t believe the flooding. We continue to pray for everyone’s safety. 

I sent a message to Robbie’s doctor to see what we should do. I’m not sure if they can coordinate treatment in OKC until Houston opens again or what they want us to do. 

Houston Flooding 8/27/17

This is where we were scheduled to be today with Robbie. Flooding around and in MD Anderson. So thankful we drove home. 

Robbie continues to enjoy being home. It is hard to know when we will be able to go back to Houston. Our only concern is delaying chemo, which allows his cancer to grow. 

This is a street we drive to get to our apartment. 

Home Sweet Home: Church Night 8/26/17

It was nice to be able to attend our church tonight. They have Robbie on their prayer list and they have reached out to us multiple times to see how Robbie is doing. We appreciate everyone that is praying for Robbie. It means a lot to us.

We are loving being home for a few days. It is so difficult being away from our girls and our friends. It is also nice to be out of the apartment! Living in an apartment without all our belongings is one step above camping out.

Home!! 8/25/17

Home sweet home! After a long day of driving with at times very heavy traffic, we are finally home. We are looking forward to seeing our friends and enjoying a few days at home. 

We pray that everyone in the Houston area is safe during the storm. 

Leaving Houston ahead of the Storm 8/25

We changed our minds and we are leaving Houston before the major tropical storm hits. Robbie’s chemo was moved to next Thursday. It is already pouring rain and the traffic getting out of Houston is crazy! 

We decided that staying during a tropic storm with a sick child would be too risky. The chance for flooding and power outages are high. 

I have to admit, we are all looking forward to being home for a few days. 

Tropical Storm Shopping 8/24/17 updated

Houston has a tropical storm warning for the weekend as Hurricane Harvey heads toward the Texas coast. Heavy rain and flooding is predicted. We joined the many shoppers to get groceries before the storm. I didn’t know cereal was a big item before the storm, but there were many empty shelves along with the bread aisle. Many items throughout the store were sold out. Workers were busy restocking. 

Our friend from Houston suggested a few things that we didn’t think of, so I just did some shopping on Amazon with one day shipping to buy: a battery operated fan, potable radio, flashlight, and batteries. I never thought about the power going out. If Robbie wasn’t scheduled for chemo this weekend, we would take off to our home in Oklahoma. 

After talking with friends we decided that we should gather more supplies.  Here are some pictures from this evening.

Water aisle
Drink aisle
The store was wall to wall people, with the check out lines starting in the back of the store.  With all the craziness, everyone seemed on good behavior.  

Robbie is still talking about his great day at the zoo yesterday. 

Love, Love the Houston Zoo! Robbie feeding Sloths and Meerkats 8/23/17

A huge thank you to the Houston Zoo for inviting Robbie today on a special behind the scenes tour, which included feeding a sloth, otters, and going into the meerkat exhibit. Sweet zoo keepers telling us all about the animals they care for and snapping pictures for us! Robbie had so much fun! They really like the pictures he has been taking at the zoo and asked him to share with them. 

It was amazing to be able to be so close to the sloth! Robbie fed Curly, cucumbers.  At one point, Curly fell asleep with food hanging from his mouth. When we went into the meerkat exhibit, they all came running up to us.  We fed them live worms that looked like caterpillars. They were very curious about Robbie’s leg brace. They were soft like kittens, but the keepers said that they have strong jaws and can really bite hard if they feel threatened. 

This all started when one of the zoo keepers recognized Robbie from the last time we lived in Houston and asked if he wanted to see the sloth again. It took a couple months before Robbie felt well enough between chemo to have a longer zoo visit. They contacted us recently and set everything up.