Status:  9.0/10.  Best day yet. The reason – the docs are sending me home tomorrow morning!   My neutrophil count is over 500 and rising, so I have a functioning and protective immune system.  They’ve taken me off all IV drugs.  And I’ll soon walk through my front door after 40 days here.   Much more in the medical saga, but we’ll concentrate on the good news for now.  Food still tastes bland, but I hope that changes soon, so I can get some protein in me.

Can’t say enough for what all the support I’ve had – undoubtedly it has been fundamental in getting me to this point.

 My blog will continue as I let you know daily what’s happening.  Thanks for being there for me.




46 Responses to “”

  1. Judy Freedman Says:

    Hooray! Hooray! WONDERFUL news to know you are going home tomorrow!

  2. Susan and Larry Says:

    Congratulations. Good days ahead.Looking forward to your continuing blogs.Hope and pray for a speedily recovery and a little peace and quite at home with your lovely family. Thinking of you every day.Your cousin Larry

  3. Wendy Yaross Says:

    YIPPEE! I look forward to seeing you eat a big lobster (or two) one of these days, Bruce!

  4. Art Ulene Says:


  5. Denise Hanten Says:

    Woo hoo! Amazing how you can go from horrible, horrible feeling and sick to …HOME… in a day or two. As happy as everyone is, I’m sure there is a lot of anxiety, perhaps on Lisa’s part, wondering how she alone can provide the care previously done by a whole unit, but you can do it! Sounds like you have a great support system. Wish I was closer. You won’t know how to handle the quiet at night!

  6. Lynn Oliver Says:


  7. Reggie & Fred Says:

    Tears of joy, Bruce. What great news!! Now, on to graduation!

  8. Ken Zwick Says:

    We are SO happy to hear that, Bruce. What wonderful news. Just a couple of days ago you were thinking it would be weeks. Miraculous! Let’s hope they treat you better at home than they have been at Hopkins.

  9. Catherine O'Brien Says:

    Whoo Hoo!!!

  10. Peggie Neill Says:

    Drummers drumming, bagpipers piping, gymnasts somersaulting, horns a blowin’, shofars resonating across hill and dale – it’s gonna be a celebration all across BBDville!!!!!!!

    Love you, and here’s a high five –

    PS This doctor is prescribing you 3 days of no-blogging; spend the time with the family and the local friends, let your skin feel the warmth of the sunlight and the coolness of nighttime, and your eyes to truly see the huge blessings in the small beauties around you. Knowing you are home will get us through 3 days – we can do it if you can 🙂

  11. Laurie Samuels Says:


    Best news I have heard all week! So very thankful you will be home soon. Love and good wishes continue to head your way as you continue to improve and get stronger…. Better days ahead.

  12. Warren Says:

    Wonderful news. There is no place like home. See you there soon.

  13. Susan Bies Says:

    Brilliant news! I am smiling so brightly as I type this!

  14. Sheryl Stolberg Says:

    put on your ruby red slippers and click your heels three times.
    there’s no place like home.
    so happy for you and lisa.

  15. Andie Levinson Mendelson Says:

    Great News!! Now everyday will be a better day. Nothing is as good as your own bed.. Love to all, Andie

  16. Hopie Says:

    Good night sweet prince, May you sleep so quietly tonite and up bright and cheerful for the journey home, do you need a moving van?
    Loving you, Mom

  17. wendy Says:

    it was the acupressure bands and reiki..right? or collective prayers…or just your fate… great news.. we’re all expecting that what you’ve endured will see it’s way to change the medical world… go get them bruce.

  18. Donna Hill Howes Says:

    Overjoyed with this news, dear Bruce.
    I have happy tears in my eyes for you and your dear Lisa and R&E.
    I’m so thankful for answered prayers…..
    LOVE to you, dear one.
    P.S. I’ll look forward to a visit w you in Bethesda in 2 weeks!!

  19. Jill Stewart Says:

    Best news I’ve had all day!!! Keep us posted on your progress!! Love, Jill

  20. Susan Says:

    Great news Bruce!!! We are glad you are improving so well. Love the blog and will continue looking to them…..Much love

  21. Margot Mahoney Says:

    Fantastic news! You did it! Just in time for a holiday weekend with your family. Take care and let us know when you start to get cravings and we will all be ready to make deliveries! Keep up the good work and may the positive forces be continously with you!

  22. cheryl Says:

    This is wonderful news! I hope you continue blogging so I can reap the merry rewards of having bumped into you online.

    May you have plenty of days at home with the loved ones!

  23. Joe Robertson Says:

    Bruce, what fantastic news! Let’s hear it for those neutrophil counts! Funny how that 40 days and 40 nights bit crops up in so many places 🙂 Let’s hope your next “flood” is one of good news. Keep us all informed.

    All our best from France,

    Joe, Catherine, Claire and Antoine


  24. Judie Davidson Says:

    happy,happy, happy.

  25. Kathy Says:

    YAY!!! I’m so glad for you. Happy Homecoming.
    Love, Kathy

  26. Alpa and Ken Says:

    What wonderful news! We hope you enjoy a fabulous long weekend with the whole family!

  27. Hopie Says:

    And 40 years wandering in the desert!

  28. Greta & Michael Says:

    I am “tears in my eyes” happy for you! This is the best of news! Love to you, Lisa, Rachel & Ethan! What a joyous day!

  29. Judy and Larry Says:

    YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Bruce. So happy to hear this fabulous news. We hope that you continue to improve and start feeling “normal” again real soon. We will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to your continued reports.
    Love, Judy and Larry

  30. joel steinberg Says:

    Yay Bruce!!! We are hoping for more good news in the future. Margaret and Joel S.

  31. Patrick Hyde Says:

    Hi Bruce,
    We’ve read your stuff most every day and are heartened by your good news. Just keep on trucking!

  32. Tom Linden Says:

    Wonderful news, Bruce. I know you and your family are thrilled that you’re coming home after such a long and arduous stay at the hospital. I hope you enjoy ALL the comforts of home and family.

  33. mike magee Says:


    Happy you are back where you belong. All good thoughts sent your way!

    Best, Mike

  34. Bill Israel and Eileen Breslin Says:

    Yeah!!!!!! Best news ever….enjoy the smells of home. love eileen and Bill

  35. Aileen Says:

    What a GREAT way to enter this holiday weekend–happy homecoming!

  36. Roxanne K. Young Says:

    My hero! Keep in touch on the blog.


  37. wilson russell Says:

    Great news!
    Marcia & Wilson

  38. mike and sharon goldstein Says:

    great great great……make sure Lisa tells neighborhood security that the guy in the HAZMAT suit and helmet is good folks (or did you get to ditch the space suit when you hit 500 neurtophil?—I may have missed that chapter……….)….always thinking about you. MIKE/SHARON

  39. Donna Hill Howes Says:

    Home, Sweet Home…..sigh. Enjoy every single sound, and sight, and cuddle….beyond happy for you.

  40. Ashby Beal Says:

    Oh, wow. That is such great news. You have to let me know if there is anything we Adventure Guides dads can do for you. Most of them are still on their horses and those that aren’t can run as fast as they can.

  41. bob price Says:

    HOORAY, YIPEE & MAZEL TOV !!!!!!!!!!!!! The best news ! Thanks for making my day!! What else can I say ??? We’re all so happy for you this evening. Rest , enjoy & continue to regain your strength. bob

  42. Ashby Beal Says:

    OK, now I understand why the market was up so much today.

  43. JACKIE JUDD Says:

    Amazing, Bruce. Congratulations, you are a brave soldier.

  44. Judi Golding-Baker Says:

    My Dear Bruce
    This is the best blog report of all! You’re going home at last!!! I’m sooo happy for YOU and dear Lisa and your great kids. YIPPEE!!!!!!

    On to Graduation!
    Love you


  45. Lynette Says:

    What wonderful news! Home sweet home. Love to all 🙂
    Lynette , Joe , Manny & Raphy

  46. Donna Hill Howes Says:

    Fellow Bruce fans, and bloggers….is anybody else missing Bruce?!?!
    Geezzzz, I’ve become addicted to your wit, wisdom, fun and always poignant missives to your loyal base, Bruce…..you’ve had three days off….now time to fill us in on the latest!! Let’s see, you left us hanging with, “wait till I tell you about checking out of the hospital……

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: