10-28-10 Thursday  Day +1

 Status:  8.75/10.  A little nausea and abdominal cramping.  Got a platelet transfusion last night, so some more sleep deprivation.

Events:  Lisa brought in two “birthday” cupcakes with candles.  She had to query the staff about lighted candles in the room.  It was approved, but I kept looking at the sprinkler overhead.  Should have remembered my residency rotation at the VA Hospital.  Patients on the pulmonary ward (often with emphysema or lung cancer) were allowed to smoke in their beds.  Amazing the building never burnt down.

  Just finished filling out my absentee ballot.  First time I haven’t been to a ballot box in 45 years.  The only exception was my first election in Chicago.  I lived on the North Side just a block away from the polling place.  I got there early before going to work and checked in at the registration desk.  The lady examining the voting register glanced up at me with a disapproving look.  “You not allowed to vote twice!”  I said, “What?”  She said, “You’ve already voted this morning.”  I told her I’d never voted in Chicago before.  Pointing to the register, she said, “Is this your name?”  “Yes.”  “Is this your address.” “Yes.”  “Is this your signature?”  “No!”  “Well, it sure looks like it to me, and you already voted.  Now move along.”

Comments:   Didn’t realize how smoothly the transplant moved along.  Afterwards, we heard horror stories from the nurses about anaphylactic reactions.  Lisa told me they had a shock kit up here during the procedure.  So it’s been relatively smooth sailing so far.   That is likely to change tomorrow when I receive the first of two days of Cytoxan.  If I get a good night’s sleep tonight, I’ll be as ready as possible.

  Hope you have sweet dreams as well.




9 Responses to “”

  1. Carolyn & Patrick Hyde Says:


    So glad to hear that you’re off to such a great start. Although there will be no stop to our sending of good karma, and the prayers for your complete remission and return to good health, we’re getting a great positive feeling about how things will proceed from here. All the best to you and your “core team” of Lisa, Rachel and Ethan.

    Carolyn, Patrick and Madeleine

  2. Eileen Breslin Says:

    A good night sleep is wished for you. Sweet dreams. We are cheering for you and your family. Good sign to see you are paying attention to election….cheers and love, Eileen & Bill

  3. Warren Says:

    Hope you keep feeling good.

    Since when can’t you vote more than once in Chicago?

  4. Kathy Shands Says:

    Glad to hear you got through without an anaphylactic reaction! One hurdle crossed. May the rest of your course go as smoothly.
    Love, K

  5. bob price Says:

    What a great start to the journey………my experience, if the shake down cruise goes well, the rest of the trip will do likewise. wonderful start . all our thoughts are with you for the rest of the way…..bob & karen

  6. Roxanne K. Young Says:

    Bruce, you silly. You know that in Chicago we vote early and often.

    I’d vote (often) for you any day! Keep on truckin’. You’re awesome.


  7. joel steinberg Says:

    So far so good. Keep on truckin’. When I was a resident at the Houston VA the Commissary sold cartons of cigarettes at steep discount prices. Gaunt vets with nicotine stained fingers patrolled the halls. We used to walk up and down the stairs; the vets avoided them like the plague. They always took the elevators. Joel S.

  8. Tom Linden Says:

    Glad you voted, Bruce. Now no one has an excuse not to vote. Now let’s have that new marrow do its job and get along well with its new found buddies.

  9. wendy Says:

    where is the lecture about gravity given that you took a drip for your BMT. I was expecting some good science here..

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