6-14-10

Status: 9.0/10

Events:  A good trip to Hopkins today.  Labs looked great, white cells are totally normal, and platelets and hematocrit are up.  Got two units of blood anyway – lessened my fatigue, didn’t feel the need for an afternoon nap, walked uphill to an afternoon meeting without any shortness of breath – it’s been awhile for that.

Comments:  The area where I received my transfusions is the same area they use for outpatient chemotherapy.  They have a number of bay window beds with nice views out of the hospital complex, and each unit has a small flat screen TV.  Nurses are high-spirited and optimistic.  I thought I might take a nap during the 2+ hours of transfusion, but it’s far too noisy.  Just spent the time chatting with Lisa.

 Have some travel plans this week, which we’ll talk about tomorrow.  In the meantime, I hope it’s a good week for you.

 Love,

-Bruce

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10 Responses to “”

  1. Judy and Larry Says:

    Oh wow, Bruce. How nice it is to hear that you have pep in your step again. So glad you got a great report today. We pray that things continue to improve for you. Enjoy this week with Lisa and your children. Travel safely.
    Love, Judy

  2. Alan and Joy Says:

    Bruce,
    The last few blogs…full of optimism and a looking-forward perspective have been wonderful to read. From day one your perspective of candor and insight combined with a determined style have warmed our hearts and minds. We look forward to seeing you very soon.
    Alan and Joy

  3. Donna Hill Howes Says:

    Bravo on that great report!! And WOW….travel plans, to boot! Nurse Donna says GO FOR IT!! Thrilled that all is going so well.
    Love, Donna

  4. Johnny & Lake Says:

    Absolutely glorious news. Have fun wherever and whatever you’re doing.
    big love, xxx Johnny & Lake

  5. wendy Says:

    you know, past behavior is a predictor or future behavior. That means that things are going to be fabulous…as things have been fabulous lately.. keep that spirit high!!!!!!!!!! believe it and it will be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Reggie & Fred Says:

    Great news, Bruce! We’re so thrilled to hear it. Only more good news to come! Love you, Reg & Fred

  7. bob price Says:

    on my way to Baltimore tomorrow, & so happy you’re NOT there to visit this trip. Bruce, can’t stop wiping away the tears of happiness from todays wonderful blog !! bob

  8. Ann Bradley Says:

    Recession. Environmental catastrophe. Cultural depravity. And now this most excellent news! Did you know that your single voice has power to wipe the other from my mental slate? Perhaps, we should bottle that voice. Before long, we would need National Institute of . . . .

    Unexpected company prevented until today the delivery promised last week. I expect (again) to send Pat’s book at noon. Ann

  9. Bill Schaffaner Says:

    Hi Bruce:

    The news in your posts keeps me smiling. I continue to be very encouraged by your lab results.

    I’m just re-reading your description of the OPD experience and once again, I have been impressed with your careful observation and analysis of the events and circumstances in which you now find yourself (astute epidemiologist that you are.) Amazing how important parking is. Parking is how you enter and exit the experience and not enough attention is given to it. St. Thomas used to have very genial attendants – they made you smile and it influenced your experience as a patient.

    Parking can also have an impact on a clinical study. I just heard this story last week. One of new junior ID faculty is studying the immunogenicity of influenza vaccine in the senior population (some very senior), looking for correlations with general indices of frailty.

    As such, she has a questionnaire that her volunteers fill out – and they all over-assess their capacity. They don’t like to admit to any index of frailty.

    Then the powers-that-be moved the parking from close and convenient to farther away and more arduous. Now the comments and complaints started – and a new measure of frailty/capacity was developed!

    That said, I’m glad you’re making it uphill as your exercise tolerance improves. One geriatrician says the best frailty index is the simplest: are you a fast-walker or a slow-walker?

    Keep moving rapidly!

    Cheer,

    Bill

  10. Gail Lehmann Says:

    We are delighted to hear the good news. Keep writing and we will keep reading.
    Gail & Mark

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