The following is an update provided on Spider’s Caring Bridge. Updates will be posted on that site which can be followed and found here.
Hello– this is Garrett Robinson. Mom and Gayle (also known as the “wife” and “the girlfriend”) have asked me to provide a quick update that can shared as they are still at the hospital in NYC with Spider having tests run.
Here is what we know so far. They flew into NYC Wednesday morning and spent 10 hours at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center yesterday with Spider. He wore his blazer to the hospital, which I think is awesome and so Spider. They spent the entire day (10 hours and 6 miles- according to Gayle’s Fitbit) running many test on Spider. They didn’t leave until close to 9 pm and went straight for food since no one had eaten all day.
They don’t have a lot of medical information to provide at this point because they still have several hours of testing to complete this afternoon (one of which does not begin until 4 pm EST). Once they complete that testing, the doctors will meet with Spider, Gayle (wife) and Prissy (girlfriend) to provide a complete and thorough summary of findings, treatment plan, and long-term plan to beat this. The plan is to get the readings from today’s testing this afternoon.
Like the ol’ saying goes- slow and steady wins the race and we all know Spider is slow and steady.
Mom, who thinks she is a doctor (but no one has the heart to tell her she isn’t) keeps saying again and again that MSK is just amazing. “On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 20″ Mom says. Every doctor gives them a card with their cell phone number. Lord help those doctors
if when Gayle and Prissy start calling them.
Spider is doing great- and everyone loves him (of course). He has not been complaining, has energy and is getting treated by not just the most talented physicians but the kindest souls around. Prissy asked me to reiterate this- so there you go. Nice, nice, amazing, amazing.
It’s nothing short of a miracle that they were able to get to where they are now in they time frame that they have. Without the help of Kristin Herman, Gayle and Spider would not have been able to get into MSK as quickly as they did, if at all. For those of you who have not yet met Kristin- she and her husband, Lance Ramer, just moved to Tallahassee from NYC. Kristin works in the Office of Clinical Research at MSK, and her husband is the Maclay Middle School Dean and Football Coach (go Marauders!) which is how I met them. We cannot thank her enough for going above and beyond for strangers. She is an absolute angel talking with Gayle and Spider last Saturday, helping to coordinate everything from doctor visits to records she needed, hotels, and more. Truly, she is an angel and will likely never know how much we appreciate all of her help, patience, instruction, and time. Thank you, Kristin!
Gayle and P say we should all be grateful to have such a place in the US. MSK building is 14 stories high and goes on for blocks and blocks. Everyone there is battling cancer and we are so fortunate to have healthcare access.
I was also told to keep it funny– so I can tell you that while Mom and Gayle were beat down when we Face-Time’s (is that a word?) last night at 7 pm but they both had on cute outfits, awesome eyelashes and Gayle was wearing her silver ‘Queen Bee’ pendant. Between Spider’s dapper dress and these two, there is no doubt that they are surely the best dressed couple (plus girlfriend) in all of MSK.
Gayle will provide another update when they have more information.