11-02-10 Tuesday Day +6

Status: 8.75/10. Feeling pretty good. Woke up this AM with some discomfort on swallowing. Told this is a common first sign of mucositis. Mucositis is an after-effect of the chemotherapy, simply analogous to the destruction of fast growing cells, in this case the lining cells of the GI tract. Not much to do about it, and with it often comes ulcerations in the mouth and elsewhere. White blood cells are about 100, so we are approaching absolute neutropenia.

Events: Lisa still quarantined. It may be some time before she can be around me. Miss her terribly. Fraternity brother and Baltimorian Andy Lemer brought some gelato. Reminded me of the trip when Lisa and I stayed in Rome. Nothing more romantic than walking the Piazza del Navona in the evening.

Comments: Now begins the challenging part of the transplant process (and you thought getting lethal poisons and anonymous marrow infusions was tough). We’ll take it a day at a time. And it’s with your help that we’ll make if through.



11 Responses to “”

  1. wendy Says:

    whatever you need we are here for you..me and all my people who are praying for you… and we are all counting on your strength and fortitude and determination that you have used all these years to face all the challenges you have and come out on top..Here’s to the TOP..

  2. Art Ulene Says:

    Dear Bruce…. I only wish I could be there to support you in person. Just know that I am there with you in spirit. Fondly…. Art

  3. Susan Bies Says:

    In your corner, always – – heart full with emotion and the anticipation of your victory. Our love to you, Lisa, Rachel and Ethan.

  4. Sheryl Stolberg Says:

    Hi Bruce. Thinking of you and also Lisa. Leaving Thursday on a 10-day whirlwind through Asia — India, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan. You are under strict orders from me not to get into any trouble while I am gone!
    Much love, will check in from afar.

  5. Hope Says:

    Have many good days with few bad effects from the many meds you have, and will have. Smooth ride thru your recovery. Love you ever and always. Mom

  6. Eileen Breslin Says:

    We are cheering for you and glad you are staying the course. The elections may distract you….love eileen and Bill

  7. Tom Linden Says:

    Hang in there, Bruce. Lots of people are rooting for you in your corner.

  8. Wally Schlech Says:

    Praying those WBCs will be returning for good in a couple of weeks.
    Have they got a version of Magic Mouthwash for the mucositis – a potion our pharmacy makes up here? Swish and swallow!

  9. Margot Mahoney Says:

    Bruce – sounds like you are headed into this next phase feeling strong. Go in fighting and come out the winner.
    So wonderful to have you remind us daily of how precious the small things can be in our lives. We all need to stop and smell the roses ( or shall I say fall leaves). With Love.

  10. Mitzi Krockover Says:

    Do hang in there–your posts are like daily inspirational readings. You have taught us all so much.

    Sorry to hear about Lisa–wish her a speedy recovery as well.

    Mitzi and family

  11. Freddy Says:

    it’s amazing what you have had to endure but thank the good G-d above for your and Lisa’s strength thru all this.. will pray a lot that’s it’s almost over! Love you always.

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