Status: 9.5/10. A good night’s sleep and a day of running errands.  Lisa’s at work, the kids are doing their things, and life feels normal.  And you say to yourself, if I’m feeling this good why do I want to go through what’s coming up?  Well, it’s simply the only door out of the room.

 Events:  Back to Hopkins for the start of a long series of evaluation tests.  Tomorrow it’s an EKG, pulmonary function tests, and the dreaded LP under fluoroscopy with chemotherapy.  We’ll see what we have to do to get transported around in an efficient manner, eh!

Comments: One of the things we learned at Seattle is that they compared their transplants over time to see how outcomes have changed.  They looked at 1500 transplants done from 1993-1997 versus 1500 from 2003-2007.  They observed a remarkable betterment in outcome, but they couldn’t trace it to any one thing.  They believe it’s just a little incremental change here, a little one there.  Small things like the order in which they give medicines, better drugs for nausea, the ability to pre-medicate to prevent an expected side effect.  

There’s a wonderful line in the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (the one with the whales), when Capt. James Kirk and crew have to go back in time to save their present universe.  During their adventures, Ensign Chekov is critically injured and taken to a local hospital.  Kirk has to decide whether to risk aborting their mission to save Chekov or abandon him and save the future.  Dr. McCoy jumps in, “Jim, we can’t leave him in the hands of 20th century medicine.” 

So, in a sense, I’m fortunate that I got sick in the 21st century.  I’ve benefitted from all that has come before.  I’m looking forward to getting well this century, too.




11 Responses to “”

  1. Hopie Says:

    You is the best, my son!

  2. Art Ulene Says:

    Bruce….. Have you ever considered writing for a living? You are GOOD! I look forward to your messages, but I’d give ’em all up to have you done with this….and well. We send our love. ART

  3. Reggie & Fred Says:

    Bruce-Wishing you a quick and speedy return to every day “normal” life. We love you and will be thinking of you tomorrow! Reg & Freddy

  4. Hopie Says:

    I know it’s are, just thought is was cute!

  5. wendy Says:

    good to talk to you..think you have the “right stuff” to get it done….love wendy

  6. Henry Miller Says:

    That was positively poetic!

    Continuing to wish you the best,


  7. joel steinberg Says:

    Somebody (I can’t remember who) noted that as soon as you do a clinical study, outcomes tend to improve. His theory was that everyone on the team tended to be just a bit more careful, just a little more meticulous knowing the results were going to be scrutinized later on. Perhaps true? We are rooting for you. Joel and Margaret S.

  8. Roxanne K. Young Says:


    Live long and prosper.

    (Still tuning in and thinking of you and yours often.)


  9. Tom Linden Says:

    Art’s right again, Bruce. You do write well. I see medical journalism in your future… wait a minute, you ARE a medical journalist. And a fine one at that. As I read the words, I hear your voice loud and clear. Beam me up, Scotty.

  10. Wally Schlech Says:

    Glad to see you’re going for it buddy! Mary and I will be pulling for you.
    PS Walter IV (Bo) engaged yesterday to classmate Eimear O’Loughlin of Dublin – med school grad and wedding next June so expect an invitation!

  11. Ashby Says:

    Well if we are going to quote Star Trek, let’s not leave out this infamous back-and-forth:

    Kirk: All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer by.
    McCoy: Melville…
    Spock: …John Maysfield.
    McCoy: Are you sure about that?
    Spock: I am well-versed in the classics, Doctor.
    McCoy: Then how come you don’t know “Row, Row, Row Your Boat?”

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