We toured the International Towing and Recovery Museum in Chattanooga Saturday as part of our boys-plus-mom weekend. As I mentioned in the last post, we took advantage of the girls being gone for the long weekend, and took the boys on a quick little trip for small stuff thats big to them. The
museum was interesting, if you like old trucks that lift things, it was a neat place. And, what a surprise to learn that the tow truck “inventor” was from near Huntsville. I can not find where “near” is, but pretty much everything has him being from Chattanooga anyway. I think his family left Huntsville when he was very young for his father to work on the railroad in Chattanooga, so Chattanooga wants to claim him. Since he birthed an entire industry there, I guess they can have him. I tried to find the history of Holmes Avenue in Huntsville, but could not in my brief googling and wondered if there was a connection. His father was John D Holmes, but if he had to move to find work with the
After the museum, we rode the Incline Railway. I’ve never been on it, and if you can get over the incredible tourist trap that it is, it was neat to at least say that we’ve done it. Caleb loves any kind of train/trolley car, so it was worth it just for him. You’ll have to google that history, too much for me to cover in just a paragraph or two. After the incline, we joined the rest of Chattanooga for dinner at Texas Roadhouse for our Valentine’s Day. Ugh.
Sunday morning, we worshipped with Central Church of Christ in downtown Chattanooga, and the
We will be coming home in the morning. Vic is going to get in some work hours, and I’ve got traffic school. Believe it or not, even with probably 20 speeding tickets in my 30-year driving career, I’ve never been to traffic school. So, I guess I can check off another “first.” Funny, I really expected
As I mentioned, I had a busy week last week. I spoke briefly at the Kiwanis Club dinner in Huntsville about our non-profit group, and they we all very nice, as expected. If anyone within driving distance of Athens, Alabama has a group, or club, or employee group, I’d love to come share a few thoughts with them about our non-profit org. I’m not a speaker, but I am passionate about the subject!
We are hopeful and do expect to hear from a doctor in Augusta, Georgia, about a phase one trial at Georgia Regents University. It’s open now, no waiting, and it involves immunotherapy in a
Eli has passed the initial screening for the IDO Pathway Inhibitor trial, and we are waiting on a radioncologist to review his history and prepare a radiation plan for him. Yes, we are considering reirradation. This treatment in the lab had the most affect when combined with radiation, so it has been worked into the trial of the drug. It is an immunotherapy drug called Indoximod. Also, joining radiation and Indoximod is our old friend Temozolomide. We like that this trial involved more than just one drug, and we like that it is not subgroup specific (it’s not even cancer specific, really. It
hopefully have what is in front of us.
I am expecting that we will go to Georgia maybe even toward the end of the week, or beginning of the next for initial visits, then start the trial at the beginning of March. This will again, be a situation where we will be gone for a month. I am really numb to think about leaving
again, especially with this trial being so volatile, and Eli’s progression being so far along. Some heavy things can happen during that month. I want Vic to take a leave-of-absence from work and come with us. I don’t even know that they do that kind of thing, I just made it up. And then have the kids Skype-in school, I just made that up, too. But, I’m a jump-in-just-do-what-we-need kind of gal, Vic is a more of a backing-up-yikes-I-don’t-know kind of guy.
Meanwhile, we are going to do more work in the Mustang room this week, and I will post pics as we get more up. Continue to remember Emma, from our hometown. She remains under intensive care,