11-24-10   Wednesday  Day +28

 Status: 8.5/10.  Great news today.  In addition to my counts still increasing, I’m in what is called “absolute neutrophil recovery.”   And what may be even better, they’ve changed my schedule to every other day at IPOP.  We had hoped to perhaps be out of the hospital by Day 30, and here we are at Day 28 going to every other day since we are doing so well.  In fact, they’re giving us two days off because of Thanksgiving.    Still dealing with taste and appetite changes and constant fatigue, but I’m reassured by the staff it just takes time.

Events:  Every day at IPOP you are asked to bring in your meds (takes a large gallon-sized Ziploc for us).  They just want to make sure everyone is on the same page every day.  And we also bring in a blood pressure cuff that was given to us for our individual use (they don’t want any shared equipment).

  Brother Hank and crew came up to Baltimore just to see the city, but dropped Rachel off for a visit.  So good to hug her.  Hank had told her numerous stories about my childhood, which I did my best to characterize as urban myths.  Ethan was at the Kennedy Center rehearsing for his performance in the Nutcracker tonight.

Comments:   Lisa and I will have Thanksgiving together tomorrow, and I will remember what I have learned over these last 7 months – that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, more important than the love of family and friends.  For those of you traveling, may you be safe.  And for those of you spending time with your families and friends, remember to tell them you love them.

  We’ll take the day off tomorrow, and talk to you on Friday.




18 Responses to “”

  1. Mitzi Krockover Says:

    Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you and the family. Will be counting our blessings tomorrow, including the blessing of your continuing recovery.

  2. Judy and Ken Freedman Says:

    What WONDERFUL news! Truly, the profound meaning of thankfulness.

  3. Claire Broome Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Left Coast (as in left behind by the rest of the country?)
    With true thankfulness and blessings,
    love, Claire

  4. wendy Says:

    what? they didn’t teach that in Med school – or did you sleep through that class too. SO glad you learned that and so much more -patience – compassion- acceptance- trust- communication- hope- group prayer-getting to really know yourself at a gut raw level is a humbling experience..but it is what we all have in common

    here’s to all that you have been through so that you continue to have such great success..

  5. Hopie Says:

    Yippee, I am so very happy tonite to read your blog, and I can add to those stories Hank is telling. You can get that appetite back and will gain more strength and less fatigue I HOPE very soon. xxxooo

  6. Hopie Says:

    Did Hank tell the kids that you are also a math wizard that you placed in the State Math contest in high school

  7. John King Says:

    That’s great, Bruce, that you are recovering so well. I know it’s not been easy, but you are making it! And it sounds as though your recovery prospects are very good!

    You, Lisa, and your family deserve to have a Happy Thanksgiving for sure, and here’s hoping that this time next year, you’ll be able to eat and to taste whatever you like on Turkey Day.

    Blessings on you, your family, your health, and on people everywhere as we celebrate all we have to be thankful for.

  8. Jackie J Says:

    Ok, Bruce, I do not easily get teary-eyed but I am now after reading your latest entry. Defintely tears of happiness for you and the family. Enjoy your day of Thanksgiving.

  9. Wally Schlech Says:

    “You deserve a break today” – cogratulations on the counts!
    Just in from Gulu, Northern Uganda and heading to friends for T’day – turkey is about $$8/kilo if you can find it!

  10. Kathy Shands Says:

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to you & Lisa. I love you, and I am so happy and thankful that you are doing so well.

  11. Tom Linden Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and and your family, Bruce. I hear the optimism in your voice and am so pleased with your progress. Keep on keepin’ on. Love,

  12. Judy Moss Says:

    We are THRILLED at your rate of recovery, Bruce, and hope that it continues. This truly is a Happy Thanksgiving for you. May you and Lisa and your beautiful family celebrate many, many more happy and HEALTHY holidays to come.
    We are thinnking of you in Memphis. Well, actually, we are in Los Angeles at the moment as Erin gave birth to Simon Jonah last Monday. We hope your taste buds come back to life soon so that you can enjoy some more of that delicious Dinstuhl’s candy.
    Take care.
    Love, Judy and Larry

  13. Henry Miller Says:

    In an unsettled world, how nice to have such unadulterated good news and sweet thoughts from you!


    P.S. Urban myths, indeed!

  14. Warren Says:

    Sounds great. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We will be thinking of you at our table.

  15. Bill Israel and Eileen Breslin Says:

    We can think of nothing more gratifying this Thanksgiving than for you to get good news, Bruce. Thanks for relaying it — and thanks for underscoring what really counts: the love of family and friends. Big Hugs from us — Bill and Eileen

  16. wendy Says:

    I’m think we need to give a big thanks to your donor…cause regardless of how well you have worked to do well…he obviously gave you some good stuff.. While it was frustrating at the time…#1,2,3 couldn’t -didn’t donate…Guess the 4th one was for a good reason…Yea # 4 we are all grateful to you..

  17. Denise Hanten Says:

    You are up there at the top of my “Things to Be Thankful For” List.

  18. Laurie Samuels Says:

    Happiness abounds at the news of such great strides…. we are truly delighted that you are doing so well. We continue to send good thoughts and prayers for continued healing. Practicing Thanksgiving everyday is a good thing! Love to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving. Laurie and Harry

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