Oct 26, 2016 Latest post:
Feb 25, 2022
Hello and Happy 2022!
This post is a Majestic update and we wanted to inform you, as we have in the past, of some serious health issues in the household. It helps us get the word out, and the support is always appreciated. Marty loves CaringBridge.
As December wrapped, Marty and Cathy were in Lafayette and we all had a wonderful Christmas together. On December 26, both Marty and Cathy went to John Muir and tested positive for Covid. Cathy was only showing mild symptoms and was sent back to Jen’s house to recuperate. She does feel lousy, as is expected while recovering from Covid.
Marty was admitted to John Muir on the 26th where he stayed 3 nights, and was treated for Covid. Upon his release, he was very anxious to get back to their home in Cameron Park. They had a nice, quiet New Year’s Eve together. On January 1st, Marty took a turn for the worse and had to be admitted to Mercy Folsom where he has been ever since. It should be noted that he was experiencing many health issues prior to all of this – it just happens that it all culminated again. Marty has pneumonia and an infection in his lower left lung. He spent several days in the ICU and is currently in the Telemetry unit, on the Covid floor. Technically he is out of the home-isolation period, but it is the hospital protocol to keep patients isolated for longer. That said, we are not able to visit him, but we have been able to FaceTime.
Jen was able to drop off a few things (books, letters and a few photos) while he was in the ICU. He specifically asked for his Joan Didion books (they have a shared alma mater of McClatchy High in Sacramento), and the holiday cards they received, and he is happy to have them. He loves snail mail as well as online posts. We know it means so much to Marty to get well wishes. Cathy, too, but he really loves hearing from friends from all over. Megan is currently staying with Cathy at their place and will pick up their mail, so if you would like to send a note or post a message, we will share it.
** Please note: Phone conversations are too difficult for him right now, so please keep the messages here... Or a letter is great.
Here is the address: 6064 Palmero Circle, Cameron Park, CA 95682
....(and this is the previous post from 10/24/16 as record) Hello Friends and Family - We set this page up to keep you posted on our dad. On 10/24/16 Marty returned home from the doctor (an unrelated appointment) and Cathy noticed some unusual behavior and called 911. After an ambulance ride to John Muir, he had an initial CT scan which showed a mass in his brain. Upon further look at an MRI, it showed a tumor mostly on the right side of the brain, partially on the left, in the lining and extending into the skull. It is not yet clear what kind of tumor it is, if it started in the brain or metastasized and spread to the brain. Those things will become more clear in the next several days as testing continues. Marty had tests already, including CT scans, an MRI and he is scheduled tomorrow for an angiogram. Then the morning of Thursday 10/27, he will have a surgery to remove the mass. Marty has begun steroid injections to reduce inflammation and we have seen noticeable improvement in how he feels. He is taking it all in, cracking jokes with the medical staff and is in good spirits. We are all at John Muir hanging out with him, meeting the doctors, and taking it one day at a time. We met the neurosurgeon and have full confidence in him. Please feel free to leave a message in the 'Well Wishes' area, as he will enjoy hearing from you. Cathy was just reading an article in Science News and was struck by this quote from Rosa Parks: "Knowing what must be done does away with fear". Thank you for your support! XOXO, Jen and Megan