11-18-10   Thursday  Day +22

 Status: 8.5/10.  Feeling somewhat better today.  The viral results from the naso-pharyngeal exploration showed a rhinovirus (common cold).  Remarkable that the identification comes back so fast – they no longer have to wait on cell cultures but measure viral DNA directly using the now famous polymerase chain reaction (letting stands of viral DNA multiply into huge numbers that can be measured quickly)  Not quite as fast as CSI would have you believe, but amazingly fast.  Taste buds are still gone, which is biggest impediment now.

Events:  Told we are set for discharge tomorrow.  Also told by several people that they don’t want to see anything funny tonight – no falls, no fevers!  Had a surprise visit from old friend and fellow Norwood School Board member, Dr. Len Goldman.  Such a delightful guy, and piece of sunshine to my day.

Comments:   So, about to enter the world untied to an IV pole (you can’t imagine how exhausting taking a shower is with one hand to hold the spray nozzle and do everything else as well).  Also getting a sense how different this next year will be – but glad to be able to make the journey.




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  1. Laurie Samuels Says:

    So happy that you are headed out the door… I know this transition period will not be easy, but it is steps toward full recovery… continue to to improve!

    Love and good wishes are still streaming your way. Harry and I hope and pray things continue to go smoothly. Much love. Laurie

  2. Debbie Blum Says:

    Dear Bruce,

    I have been holding my breath and hoping and praying for a relatively uneventful transplant hospitalization. How pleased I am at how well things have gone! I can really relate to your taste problems, and all I can say is it will get back to normal but will take some time. I can still remember how difficult it was to eat because I had no appetite and all food tasted really awful. It would take me an hour or more to eat a few teaspoons of food–I drank a lot of chocolate Boost Plus to get in the needed calories.
    Rest up and stay out of trouble!
    Love, and happy thanksgiving,

  3. Peggie Neill Says:

    Bruce –
    I now spent time at stoplights to say a prayer for you and family – it’s a tangible task, keeps me and all my Celtic brethren focused and in your court. Your course is so very much in the right direction, and that’s the important overriding piece that governs the judgment call.
    It will probably be a little scary to step out into the “outside world” of IP/OP, just like it was when your parents took you home from the hospital. What? No manual? No warranty?
    You and Lisa have each other – what a wellspring of love and support – AND you have all the rest of us, cheering, screaming, yelling, praying as you continue the marathon. You are not alone – we are all with you, as best we can, every step of the way.


  4. Roxanne K. Young Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Bruce, to you and yours! I am sure everyone will agree that the one thing we are all thankful for is your going home at last.

    Take care.



  5. Sheryl Stolberg Says:

    News to be thankful for. Hope this is the best Thanksgiving ever. I know it’s not over yet, but it feels like a miracle.

  6. Mike magee Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Bruce,to you,Lisa and the family. Ifyou need a bit of levity, here’s a joke for your exclusive use:
    “A woman enters a doctor’s office with a carrot stuck all the way up her nose. The doctor asks how he might be of help. She replies, ‘Doctor, I hope you can help because I just feel terrible and I have no idea what’s wrong.’ He looks her over carefully and says, ‘Your problem is obvious madam. You haven’t been eating properly!’ ”


  7. Joel Steinberg Says:

    As MLK would say: “Free at last! Free at last! Great God Almighty, free at last!” May you stay free. And Happy Thanksgiving. Joel and Margaret

  8. courtney =) Says:

    Hi Bruce!!!

    Sorry you lost your taste buds…talk about taking the pleasure out of eating!!!

    Polymerase chain reaction – PCR, yes? I will be learning about those (among others, I hope!) in my next semester’s Biological Principles course. Obviously the tests run in medical labs are similar to the biological tests and procedures we run here at school (who would’ve thought that water and wastewater engineering, and environmental engineering as a whole would require so much biology!).

    And of course, I’m always happy to hear that you’re improving. =)

    Warmest regards,
    courtney =)

  9. Bruce Gellin Says:

    Bruce (and Lisa!):

    I know that I’m not the only one who has been watching this one from a distance thanks to your daily diary entries.

    Who knew that Thanksgiving could smell like spring!

    Watching the cascade of your recent news about the coming of age of your birthday bone marrow feels like watching a movie about the coming of spring. After a long winter and more than your share of clouds and rain, the sun is out, the birds are chirping and the flowers are budding. So even though the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping, we’re all celebrating spring with you.

    The image of you walking out of the doors of the hospital seems a bit like taking a baby home for the first time. The only difference is that you (hopefully) don’t have as much equipment that you have to juggle. But make sure that your car seat is strapped in and enjoy the ride.



  10. wendy Says:

    proactive – prevention is the next phase of the game… slow and easy wins the race… no hero actions required..

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