10-12-10 Tuesday

Status: 9.5/10.  Feeling great.  All the comments, prayers, and well wishes are appreciated more than you know.

 Events:  Long-time friend Dr. Claire Broome was in town for a meeting and stopped by.  Had some good laughs.  Got a call from the research nurse on my transplant protocol to check on some medical history, allergies, and such.  Filled her in on the “allergic to Benadryl” story.  She said that I, “should get a good night’s sleep tonight” and then said that she didn’t want me to be “surprised during the first two days of hospitalization.”  The Busulfan test dose will start in the afternoon and blood drawing will occur hourly for 10 hours.  Then the next day’s full dose will also be accompanied by 10 blood drawings, which might not end until 6 AM Friday.  So it looks like I start off with my dreaded sleep deprivation.

Comments:  The family went out for our last supper together at a favorite Mexican restaurant.  I had a margarita, the first alcohol in 6 months – thought I deserved it.  Downloaded some books, movies, and music to my iPad.  Looks like we’re ready to begin this part of the journey.  It’s been so much easier with your support.  Thank you.

Love to each of you,



23 Responses to “”

  1. Blaine Says:

    Thoughts and prayers are always with you. Godspeed.

  2. Judy and Larry Says:

    We wish there was something that we could do to make things easier and less painful for you. If our prayers will help, you have them. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and hope that you have an easier time than they are preparing you for.
    Best of luck to you. We look forward to hearing of your progress.
    We love you,
    Judy and Larry

  3. Debbie Blum Says:

    Dear Bruce,

    My thoughts, well wishes, and prayers are with you as you embark on the road to a cure. May your journey go smoothly. Soon you will be in the company of those with two birthdays–your original one and the date of your transplant–you will celebrate both always.



  4. Judy and Ken Freedman Says:

    Dear Bruce,
    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. We can’t wait to hear that you are the road to a full recovery…and when you are again enjoying another margarita!

    Thinking of you more than you know:)
    Judy and Ken

  5. Art Ulene Says:

    We are with you in spirit, my friend. Art

  6. wendy Says:

    If anyone had an army to fight this battle it’s you and yours and then some. The troops are standing shoulder to shoulder across the world it appears. When times get tough remember that imagine hand in hand shoulder to should locked together to protect you. And cause I do believe that white light is a supreme source of goodness (godliness) I am sending that to you daily, hourly minute by minute. love wendy

  7. Julie Says:

    Dear Bruce, Lisa, Rachel and Ethan,

    I wanted to let you know that I have been thinking about you a lot over the past few months and even though i haven’t written on the blog before I just wanted to let you know I am praying for you. I am sorry that you are having to go through this. If there is anything I can do now or in the future to help support you guys, please let me know.
    I will continue to pray for you and ask others I know who pray to do so also.


  8. Henry Miller Says:

    Like so many others, my thoughts and prayers have been with you.

    Wishing you all the best through the next adventure,


    P.S. What will be permissible with respect to non-family visitors over the next month or two? I’m sure many of your friends will want to visit!

  9. Wally Schlech Says:

    Hope you enjoyed Margaritaville!
    Mary and I have you all in our prayers.

  10. Mark Bisgeier Says:

    Been following along from afar (actually, from Bethesda) for months — thoughts and best wishes are with you. Safe journey….

    Mark Bisgeier

  11. Kathy Shands Says:

    Bruce –
    The very best of luck to you in this next phase. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lots of love,
    Kathy & Joe

  12. Esperanza Says:

    It seems my name has become the name of this decade, may it become an answered reality for all, mostly you!
    With my love.

  13. Michael & Greta Says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all! We love you!

  14. Lynn Oliver Says:

    Words are inadequate. So I’m sending hope, luck, inspiration, courage, friendship and love to you and Lisa. You are not alone! Love, Lynn

  15. Jill O'Mahony Stewart Says:

    Your Chicago Fan Club is with you in spirit as you embark on this courageous journey. Love to all the Dans, and wishing Bruce a successful outcome. Love, Jill

  16. Penelope Douglas Says:

    Hey Bruce,
    Glad you had that margarita!!! Look forward to many, many more (uhh you know what I mean). We’re keeping you in our thoughts and prayers here in Florida…and anytime you need encouragement…you know you have so many people who love you and are right there with you, pulling for you , praying for you on this journey!
    Stay strong!

  17. joel steinberg Says:

    Our hopes and prayers go with you. Joel and Margaret S.

  18. wilson and marcia russell Says:

    Marcia and are thinking of you daily as you undergo this next phase.We have nothing but positive thoughts–you’re going to do great!

  19. Lynn Horowitch Says:

    So glad that I caught a glimpse of you and your lovely family last night. Wishing you only good things this week and ongoing. Our family sends prayers and love.

  20. Roxanne K. Young Says:


    We’re cheering you on in Chicago! You go!



  21. Alpa and Ken Says:

    We’re thinking about you every day, Bruce. As hard as this sounds (and it does sound pretty damn hard), we are excited for you to get it started and then behind you!!

  22. Bill Schaffner Says:

    Bruce and Lisa:

    It was really wonderful to get to see you guys along with Bruce Gellin last week – not to mention the children! We’re ready to go with you into this next challenge. Watching the news on TV today, I was struck with the metaphor: the Chilean miners are coming out of their ordeal into the light. You, too, will be in a difficult dark place for awhile but will be supported by all your friends. The capsule of first rate medical care will bring you out to celebration at the end!
    Lois and I send love,


  23. Amy Kaslow Says:

    We are all behind you, Bruce.

    Much love,


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