Saturday, February 25, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - February 25, 1977

It wasn't even two weeks after my last visit to Dr. Cho that I was back again, this time with the flu.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - February 14, 1977

I spent my first Valentine's Day with Dr. Cho getting a "well baby check." Things went "OK" at the check-up.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 31, 1977

I'm once again back at Dr. Cheatham's office to check on the growth of my head. Based on the notes, it all "seems to be doing OK." The second note sounds like Dr. Cheatham is at a loss for why the large head and is telling my parents they have the option of going for a second opinion at UCLA or USC.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 22, 1977

On January 22, 1977, my mother and I paid a visit to her mother, Dorothy Hollingsworth. The first photo shows my mother wearing a souvenir shirt from her Hawaii trip and my abnormally large head. The next photo has a my grandmother holding me with a hidden gem in the background. I remember that lion pillow as a kid. It was one of my favorite things to play with, or lay on, when I went to visit. The last photo was just me on a Disney blanket, probably getting a diaper change.

What's interesting about these photos, besides who is in them, is who took them; Gibson Brown. Gibson Brown was the father of Phil Brown. Phil Brown married Diana, one of my mother's sisters. Phil and Diana lived in the suburbs of Chicago and were notorious for making me feel like family every time I saw them. When Uncle Phil's father, the aforementioned Gibson Brown, passed away, Uncle Phil was nice enough to let me inherit the Hardy Boy collection that was in his parents' apartment. This small gesture is what helped me develop a long-term love affair with reading.

I still have those Hardy Boys books. And I ended up collecting other stuff too. Tom Swift. Nancy Drew. X Bar X. Star Wars. The list just continues and continues. But that first bag of musty, dusty, wonderfully smelling books is the seed that got me started on the adventure of collecting and reading. Even this past weekend I bought two books that I needed to complete yet another series of books from an author.

One side note, we (my dad and I) inherited a few things from the Browns' apartment. I'm pretty sure one of them was a tape measure from US Steel and another was a painting or drawing by Phil's mom, Lois. It's weird the little things you remember.

Friday, January 20, 2017

40 Years Ago Today - January 20, 1977

This visit was to Dr. Cho, my primary care doctor. There's no reason listed but I was sent for lab work, specifically a "hematocrit" test. The hematocrit test (or HCT) is a simple test that measures your red blood cell count. Since there's no reason given and no results listed, I would assume it's related to my head or maybe because I was anemic (or potentially anemic). Either way, things seemed to be just fine.