11-19-10   Friday  Day +23

 Status: 8.5/10.  Got my Get Out of Jail Free Card!  Still on parole though with daily visits to IPOP beginning tomorrow.  Remarkably fatigued, but taste buds seem to be coming back as well as sense of cold.  As a matter of fact, leaving the hospital getting into the car was a chilling few moments despite a 55 degree temperature – I’ve lost my thin layer of insulating fat, and now weigh less than I did going off to college.

Events:  Lisa and I, with the amazing help of cousin Blaine Charak, moved us into an apartment just a few minutes away from Hopkins.  Took the first solid nap I’ve had in more than a month and in a real bed.  Lisa had delivered a large Thank You cake to the floor staff – as you can guess it was gone in seconds.  In turn, we brought with us some 20 bottles of pills, some once a day, some twice, some 4 times a day, and we’re doing some IV antibiotic infusion for another day (the price you pay for the early release program).

Comments:   Now we’re talking a new venue and new rules.  More about that later, but looking to get to bed early and see what IPOP is all about.




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  1. Art Ulene Says:

    Welcome back to the world at large. That loud blowing sound was me….breathing a sigh of relief for all of you. Art

  2. Judy and Ken Freedman Says:

    The great news of your release from the hospital today is a great birthday gift for me! Rest well!

  3. Warren Says:

    Welcome back to the outside world. Enjoy it with health and growing strength.

  4. Jackie J Says:

    I know grueling does not begin to describe the journey, but this devoted reader finds your progress amazing. Sleep well.

  5. Judy and Larry Says:

    We are all blessed to have you back in the real world. Can’t believe what you have gone through but hopefully the next several months will be easier on you. Be sure to behave yourself and do everything you are supposed to. We want you back to your old self again soon.
    Take care and good luck.
    Judy and Larry

  6. Wally Schlech Says:

    Greetings from Kampala – outcomes nowhere near as good alas

  7. Bill Israel and Eileen Breslin Says:

    Blessings on you both — the blessings of healing and liberty! Love from Bill and Eileen

  8. Judie Davidson Says:

    Glad to know that you are one step closer to home. Naps are a good thing. Hugs to you and the family.

  9. Donna Hill Howes Says:

    Yippeeee! SO happy to read of your continued progress and your release from the hospital Bruce….continued prayers for you both!
    Lisa, yesterday I had a colleague of yours from ABC in my office for a meeting (Richard Sergay)….though he does not follow your blog Bruce…must be the only person on the planet NOT doing so….he was aware of your journey and sends his best to you both!
    Love and more love….know you have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

  10. Joel Steinberg Says:

    We are smiling large for you. Joel and Margaret S.

  11. Henry Miller Says:

    Fantastic! Like your other friends, I’m enjoying vicariously your sense of freedom and (relative) normality!

  12. Carolyn & Patrick Hyde Says:

    We’re so thrilled to hear that you’re out of the hospital and on the path back to good health! We’ll still keep holding you, Lisa, Rachel and Ethan in our thoughts and prayers every day. Carolyn & Patrick

  13. wendy Says:

    I knew you back then…so it’s time to start putting some real food in that digestive system..but it also helps to keep drinking that supplement , if you are on it… calories, nutrition, body fat… part of the new rules? probably

  14. Sharon McDonnell Says:

    Bruce I got one of those drug side effects once “metallic taste in your mouth”. O lord it was unbelieveable. Gave me a deep respect for all that is involved in normal things. Everything tasted like i was sucking on an iron bar. I was struck by your post on taste.
    So glad to read this… on your way out!

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