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04 June 2016 @ 11:57 am
Kate's progress: May  
Not a lot of change to report, which is good! Kate continues on the same dose of steroids, 1.5mg per day; her aphasia and memory issues continue to be frustrating but not incapacitating, and her endurance, speed, strength, and balance are still much better than they were. She hasn't used the walker in over a month and is getting around well with a cane. Sometimes she even forgets the cane and doesn't notice for a while, which is a good sign although she should still use it for balance when walking outdoors. Her blood sugar is also well under control.

We have done a lot of travel this month, with both of us attending the Nebulas in Chicago and Wiscon in Madison, followed by a few days in Milwaukee with my dad. There was a lot of napping (for both of us!) on the trip, but otherwise she coped with the stress of travel quite well. I also spent a weekend in Seattle without her, and this time we did not have anyone stay with her while I was gone. This went well, so we'll be doing the same for my solo travel going forward.

I'll be contacting local people with more information about helping Kate while I'm out of town, but if you are planning a visit to Portland during June or July you should let us know -- she (or we, if I'm in town) would love to see you.

I'm very glad Kate is doing so well now, because my first novel "Arabella of Mars" releases on July 12 and there's a lot to do to promote that (plus finishing up book 2 at about the same time). I will be one of the Guests of Honor at the Westercon in Portland over the Fourth of July weekend, and I'll be reading at Powell's Cedar Hills on July 13 and the University Book Store in Seattle on July 29.

Other book tour stops include San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and beautiful Bainbridge Island. My full book tour schedule is here. Kate will be accompanying me on most of this travel.

Thanks to Mary, Mark, Melissa, Michelle, Sara, Geri, Rick, Marc & Patty, Bo, Anne, Ariel & Phil, and everyone else who helped out or shared a meal in May. We couldn't do this without you.
 
 
 
blue shark of friendlinessckd on June 4th, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
I am planning a Portland visit in early July. I'm pretty sure you'll be in town for it, since it's Westercon.... :-)

(I should be able to make it to the UBS signing, also.)
desperance: lukedesperance on June 5th, 2016 06:17 am (UTC)
I am totally being in Portland next week! It is all a little tight - I'm with Ken Scholes Friday-thru-Sunday, and then he's handing me off to Shannon & Mark till Tuesday, when I'm heading home again - but if there's a corner there, it would be good to see you two. Only I am crap at arranging stuff, even when it only involves me; where others are involved, there is no chance. Might you perhaps speak to one or the other of them, and see if we can schedule a mutual get-together...?