Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A note about the Celebration of Life for Lee

We've heard from so many who have said they are attending on Sunday that we want to just remind everyone to please carpool!  Can't stress that enough!

Also, the celebration will be outdoors.  Lee was a shorts and t-shirt kind of guy (nice khaki shorts usually) so don't feel the need to wear a suit and tie or get all dressed up!  Sunscreen and sunglasses are encouraged.

All the other pertinent information is in the post below.

Thank you!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Celebration of Lee's Life

Dear Friends,

We will be celebrating the life of Lee on Sunday, June 29th at 2:02pm. The celebration will be held at the River House in Ben Lomond, off of Hwy 9 on Holiday Lane, right next door to Highlands Park (do not turn into Highlands Park, look for Holiday Lane). It was Lee's wish that we have a party, and so a party it will be! Some friends have been asked to share some memories of Lee, tears will be shed and food, drink and laughter will be shared as well.

There are three things we, the family, asks:

1. If you wish to join the celebration, please carpool. There is limited parking and it could be a big crowd. We can't stress carpooling enough!

2. If you would like to help that day with the celebration (set-up, clean-up, etc.) or by bringing desserts (chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies or apple pie) or beverages, please contact Carl Kustin at 831-234-6285 or

3. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the SLVHS Athletic Boosters in memory of Lee.

SLVHS Athletic Boosters
PO Box 616, Felton, CA 95018

Thank you for your sympathy, care and notes.  We have learned new things about Lee (Dad) in the last week and are overwhelmed by the respect others had for him.  He would be overwhelmed, as well.

Brittany for Gail, Joeben, Malinda and Payten O.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ICU Again

This has not been a good day! I have an infection that has knocked me for a loop. Back in ICU but in the Coronary Unit this time. The next few days will probably not be a good time to visit. All for this time, check back tomorrow.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday night

I must be doing better, I have been ignored most of the day. Small delights I took a shower and the a-fib problem seems to be over. My team of doctors did make their morning visit and said I will be getting out of ICU soon. The problem is I need a private room because of my very low immune system. This morning there was a nice call from an old rugby buddy who has recovered from lymphoma. It is encouraging to hear tales of success. So knock on wood there will be no more complications this week and we will move on to another bone marrow test on Thursday.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


So far my hurdles have been unanticipated. Friday morning I had a bout with atrial fibrillation, my heart rate was racing and my blood pressure was dropping. Needless to say I drew the undivided attention of the nurses and doctors. 24 hours later after being stabbed, punctured and pumped full of drugs and fluid my heart is finally back into normal rhythm. Yesterday would have been a much nicer day without this complication. I have had atrial fibrillation for several years. It only shows up every year or so and usually goes back into normal rhythm without help or coercion.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last 24 hours

This is the beginning of my last 24 hours of chemo. Then we wait a week and do a bone marrow test to see if the cancer cells have been killed. So far so good, I'm feeling okay and I'm hoping the good continues. The care has been wonderful thanks to all the nurses and the nurse assistants. The only bad thing that happened yesterday was the Giants lost with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the bottom of the ninth.

Side Effects

I have never been one to take much if any medicine. The doctors prescribe, I go to the drugstore and then set the bottle on the dresser and never take them. My mother took tons of pills and they never appeared to cure anything. Here in the hospital I'm stuck they give you a pill and then watch you swallow it. So I developed a little problem Monday and couldn't figure out what was wrong. I asked the doctors for some help and their answer was another pill. Yesterday the nurse gave me a pill to take and Brittany got out her phone, looked up the drug side effects and then read off all the problems I was experiencing. Viola! Problem solved.