4-25-10

 Status: 9.5/10.

 Events: Spent a quiet day with Lisa and the kids.  Good friend Daniel Fischer brought over most of the magazines that are published in the U.S. 

 Comments: At the suggestion of super cousins Freddie and Reggie Bushkin, whose advice has always been on the mark, I’ll make today’s report brief, and enjoy my time with family.

Love to all,

-B

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12 Responses to “”

  1. Hope Dan Says:

    Happy for the short blog, Enjoy lisa, Ethan & Rachel, and no Chemo today

  2. Judi Golding-Baker Says:

    So happy you had a quiet day spending time with Lisa and the kids.

    Kiss and hug to you
    J

  3. Eileen Breslin Says:

    Dear Bruce,
    Sounds like you had the perfect day which you so richly deserved! Enjoy and treasure the moments.
    love Eileen and Bill

  4. John Seng Says:

    Hey, Bruce: I really appreciate your letting me know. I have shared the news with Christine, and we are both thinking about you and the family, and of course, praying for your full recovery.

    How may we help? You name it! I can always drop by and show you media training reject videotapes.

    Hang in there! John

  5. Ed Baker Says:

    Sundays at the hospital are always good for family.

    Still thinking about you guys. Hang in there Bruce.

    Wishing you well.

    Ed

  6. Bill Israel Says:

    Great to hear you having a good day, Bruce!

    -Bill and Eileen

  7. Kathy Says:

    Hi Bruce.
    Glad to hear you had a nice quiet day with family yesterday. I’ve been enjoying your blog. It’s so you – always the excellent teacher. Hang in there, and warm wishes for a high effect/low side-effect 2nd week of chemo. Joe joins me in thos wishes. Love you.

  8. Karen Jaffe Says:

    On Saturday 4/24 Bob and I sang a MiShebeirach Blessing for you and your name was read at synagogue.

    xxooKaren, Sara and Bob

  9. Bill Schaffner Says:

    Hi Bruce:

    Lois and I are thinking of you and empathetically following your daily adventures. Keep that droll sense of humor – it will help your traverse these next several weeks.

    Your description of enhanced GI motility reminded me of my introduction to medical research. During the summer between 1st and 2nd year in med school I became the youngest member of a med student team sent to Mexico to study “turista”, also known as “the Mexican two-step” and “Montezuma’s revenge” among US undergrads “studying” in Mexico during the summer. I could regale you with many stories that flowed out (sorry, bad pun) of that adventure, but two will suffice for now.

    As the most junior team member, certain tasks were assigned to me by the more senior students who were the co-leaders of this tropical research safari. To set this story up, our faculty mentor once had worked on a project in Panama, collecting stool specimens from indigenous Panamanians for some vital project (the subject now escapes me). In any event, he labeled all the specimens and had packed them in ice for transport back to the US. All went well until he opened the carton back in his lab in New York, where he was aghast to discover that all the labels had soaked off the sample vials and were floating freely. All he had for his long effort in Panama was a large box of anonymous _ _ _ _.

    Never again!!! On our project, each pungent diarrheal stool specimen was to be placed in 3 different vials, each labeled securely in a different way. Guess which team member was assigned that key task? Can you think of a less likely introduction to clinical research, infectious diseases, public health and academic medicine?

    I went again the next summer (between 2nd and 3rd year) as team leader. The principal goal of that summer project was a double-blind prophylactic trial using two non-absorbable antibiotics and a placebo. The drugs were bought in New York and had been made up into identical large fluorescent pink capsules. So far, so good. We also had the coded labels for the small glass bottles into which the medicine was to go which then were to be distributed to the volunteer undergraduate participants. The glass bottles had been donated by a friend of our mentor – a Mexican friend, so the bottles awaited us in Mexico City. All we had to do was take the 3 study drugs, a gazillion loose pink capsules, in 3 large transparent plastic bags into Mexico. Informally, of course. There was no formal rigmarole between our FDA and their FDA or between Cornell med school and Mexico City College – nada. The mentor gave me $50 (large sum back then) to put in my pocket, so that I could bribe us out of customs, if needed. There is more to this, but the bottom line (ouch, another bad pun) is we succeeded (without the need for a bribe).

    Lots of drugs have been smuggled across the US-Mexican border, but to this day I maintain that I’m the only person who ever has smuggled drugs over that border in a north-to-south direction.

    Yes, getting turista oneself was an occupational hazard. I’m a veteran of several episodes, one such started on the flight from Mexico City to New York, preventing me from going out on a date with a stewardess (as they were called back then) whom I had been chatting up. So much for my diarrheal reminiscences.

    A parting thought, stimulated by your comment about the importance of your team not sharing information. When I’m on rounds with our Fellows, I always insist that we go to the bedside and touch the patient. This sets the stage for communication. Of course, always introduce yourself to the family and friends in the room. I’m regularly surprised that some of our Fellows, as good as they are, have not previously thought about such elementary stuff.

    So glad that you had the company of Rachel and Ethan this weekend and Lisa every day.

    Cheer,

    Bill

  10. Joanne Buckley Says:

    Hi Bruce,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    jb

  11. Paula Van Ness Says:

    Hey Bruce:

    Glad to know you had some good family time yesterday!

    Your blog is a great way to keep so many people who love you and who are holding you in their thoughts/prayers up to date with your thoughts, feelings and experiences. Thanks for sharing it with us. Now it sounds like you can also provide us with reviews of articles in current magazines : ) I always find leafing through magazines a great diversion that doesn’t require much concentration. Hope it helps pass the time in a way that you enjoy.

    All the best to you, Lisa, Ethan and Rachel, Paula

  12. grassflats Says:

    Hey buddy. Judie and I are following you as well. Best to Lisa and know we are here if you need anything……Rick Davidson

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