Day in Houston at the Zoo and MD Anderson

Curly with one of Robbie’s shirts that he sleeps with
Curly looking at Robbie’s book
A page from the book that we gave to the zoo keepers
Jim & I with Curly. We smiled because he moved to be close to us
Jim in the zoo bird house

Jim and I visited the zoo to give a book of Robbie & Curly to the zoo keepers. They had Curly all set up for us. They said they have never seen Curly so attached to anyone like he was to Robbie. Curly has a few of Robbie’s sloth shirts to sleep with. We are so grateful to the zoo and everything they did for Robbie. Then we walked around to some of Robbie’s favorite places in the zoo on days he was well enough to go beyond seeing Curly. The gift store had new adorable sloths that Robbie would have loved. I had to use self control not to buy them. Missing Robbie ❤

Next we went to MD Anderson for Jim’s appointments. The medical office building is connected to their hospital. Thinking of our sweet boy the entire time we were there. Of course if anyone asked how we were doing, Jim smiled and said fine.

I was going to hibernate in the building, but Jim hinted that I could stay with him. It is difficult to be in the caretaker role again. Not as much as Robbie, but it could be someday, which scares me. He does have a cancer that you can live with for a long time if it doesn’t become aggressive. You just never know when this could happen. It is called CLL. The greatest side affect from this cancer is extreme fatigue. He is either tired or sleeping most of the time. His symptoms probably started at least a year ago, but we both thought it was due to the stress of Robbie being so sick. His daily chemo drugs so far are keeping everything stable and the swelling on his lymph system went down.

From the Mayo Clinic website:

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow — the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made.

The term “chronic” in chronic lymphocytic leukemia comes from the fact that it typically progresses more slowly than other types of leukemia. The term “lymphocytic” in chronic lymphocytic leukemia comes from the cells affected by the disease — a group of white blood cells called lymphocytes, which help your body fight infection.

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