8-26-10 Thursday

Status: 8.5/10. Feeling better each day.  

Events:  A quick trip to Hopkins with great lab results – my all important neutrophils are almost at the normal level and look to keep climbing.  My hematocrit is the highest it’s been in months, so walking around is almost effortless, and my platelets are above my set goal.  They topped me off with one bag of platelets (want to keep them high to help the GI tract heal) so no need to go back there tomorrow.  Good to stay at home.

Comments:  Platelets – those tiny little elements in the blood (smaller than red blood cells) that are so important in your ability to form a clot and stop bleeding.  Each transfusion comes as a “bag of platelets” that may contain anywhere from 200-600 milliliters (that’s about ¼ to ½ a quart).  But I wondered how many actual platelets were in those transfusions.  It turns out somewhere between a quarter to a half a trillion platelets.

  Now a trillion is a tough number to get your arms around, especially when talking about dollars and deficits, but it’s a huge number.  If I had gotten a platelet every second, it would take some 30,000 years to finish that one bag.  Luckily, it was done in about 30 minutes (the math majors among you may want to quickly figure out how many platelets a second that was).  And hopefully that’s enough to keep me at good levels, heal that spot in the GI tract, and move on.

  Look forward to a quiet few days, and I’ll touch base with you on Monday.  Have a wonderful weekend.   




15 Responses to “”

  1. Karen Jaffe Says:

    Bruce when you feel better we all feel better!


  2. Penelope Douglas Says:


  3. Bill Israel and Eileen Breslin Says:

    Excellent news — and more time at home, to boot. Bravo, Bruce!

  4. Judy and Larry Says:

    FABULOUS news, Bruce. We are so glad to know you are feeling so much better. We hope and pray that the road ahead is a flat one and not a hill. Have a wonderful weekend. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Judy and Larry

  5. Ashby Says:

    Reminds me of the late great Senator Everett Dirksen. To wit, “a billion platelets here, a billion there, and pretty soon you are talking really healthy.” OK so I took some liberties there.

  6. Wendi Says:

    Wonderful to hear! Hope you have a restful and restorative weekend.

  7. Hopie Says:

    Know how much better you are feeling, from the tone of your blog. Just keep it up, my son! So much love coming your way from so many, not a trillion like platelets but enough to make you heal.

  8. Daniel and Wendy Says:

    Glad things are going better!
    Looking forward to seeing you soon.
    We think of you and Lisa and the kids everyday….


  9. wendy Says:

    fabulous news.. amazing how different one feels when our labs are in order… not to take lightly…..

    BTW how many wendy’s or wendi’s do you know…

  10. sheldan Says:

    Bruce, you know better than to throw out that kind of challenge to an assistant professor of math… 😉

    Nancy and I are keeping up with your progress and this is the best news we have had in a long time. Take care of yourself…

  11. Judie Davidson Says:

    Yabba, dabba, doo! So glad you are feeling better. Rick and I think of you and the family every day.

  12. Laurie Samuels Says:

    Great news! Feel good, enjoy r and r, and relish being with your family…. Continuing love and good wishes for even better days ahead. Laurie

  13. Gail Lehmann Says:

    So happy to hear your energy and spirits are UP!
    Gail & Mark

  14. Susan Says:

    so glad to “hear” the great news……

  15. Jonathan Says:

    Uncle Bruce-

    It’s relieving to hear you are on an upswing. Keep on fighting and stay strong.

    All my love,

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