12-19-10   Sunday  Day +53

Status:  Doing well (with apologies to those want numbers).  Another good day in IPOP.

Events:  The usual checkup, with the Co-director of the transplant service coming to look at my rash.  He said it’s just what they wanted.  Not too little, not too much – just right. Said he thought I would do just fine, and wanted to keep me that way.  (Interpretation – they may want to keep me in IPOP for longer than this week). 

 Comments:   Although not going home soon was disappointing, we’ve invested a lot in this process and willing to follow doctor’s orders.  When we leave here, we want it to be permanent.

  And thank you to all those who sent me Happy Birthday wishes.  My birthday (the one my Mom remembers) is tomorrow the 20th.  I’m just glad I’m able to celebrate it – something we weren’t sure about last April.  And thank you for all your support, which has enabled us in so many ways to be here with you.




24 Responses to “”

  1. Judy Freedman Says:

    Happy “old” birthday! Joyously celebrating the new one and all of the wonderful news 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful homecoming as we enter 2011.
    Love from from of your first friends!
    P.S. You always won the game of Risk!

  2. wendy Says:

    you’re still older than me – wait…maybe not if the donor’s a youngster… maybe you’ll have the cure for aging and regress…to younger- Brad pit was in that movie, just sayin’

    happy dec 20th and everyday from here forward..celebrate daily!

  3. judy moss Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bruce. We hope you celebrate many, many more happy and HEALTHY birthdays to come. We are so glad that you have made it this far and are doing so well. We hope you continue to get well and stay that way. I like to think that all of our thoughts and prayers helped.
    We continue to think about you, Lisa and family. Be a good patient and do what they say.
    Love, Judy and Larry

  4. Blake and Amy Golding Says:


    Happy Birthday – It’s not often a man gets to celebrate two birthdays in the same year – we like the one that you just had recently 53 days ago, so we can go to your 2nd Bar Mitzvah in 13 years. We draw strength from your strength every day. So, thanks, its a great birthday gift that you give all of us every day. Stay strong. You are doing remarkably. We also vote that the numbers come back at author’s and editor’s (Lisa) discretion.


    Amy and Blake

  5. Darya Nasr Says:

    Dear Bruce,
    Happy Birthday! You and Vali share one. He turns 50 tomorrow.
    Lots of love- Darya

  6. Peggie Neill Says:

    Bruce –
    Your progress is likely a daily shoutout – yessss! I think of you a lot as I make rounds, and there is more reflection at the end of the day on your insight and honesty. Your endurance and priorities are noteworthy to us all.
    My Irish brethren have had you and family in their prayers for 2010; I already locked in 2011.


  7. John King Says:

    Happy Birthday, Bruce! Here’s hoping that for next year’s birthday, you are able to hang out with whomever you want, wherever you want and eat whatever you want! Keep on getting better and Holiday blessings to you and your family.

  8. Jackie J Says:

    Happy Birthday Bruce! I know it is a special one.
    PS–I vote for the return of the numbers.

  9. Kathy Shands Says:

    Happy Old Birthday! I sent you a snail mail card, bur just in case it doesn’t get there today, may you have a wonderful day and many, many more wonderful days.
    Will you still need me, will you still feed me…?
    Love you.

  10. Roxanne K. Young Says:

    Happy birthday, Bruce! May you live to be 1,000.


  11. Bill Schaffner Says:

    Happy Birthday, Bruce! We’re all celebrating – a little delayed gratification is not such a bad thing. The important thing is to focus on our gratitude that your birthday celebrations will continue and continue.



  12. Bill Israel Says:

    Bruce –

    Because it sounds as if you’re baking your own birthday cake quite well – not too little, not too much — just right — here’s the only thing I might add: a little celebratory foreground, to get you in the mood for more! Turn up your volume, and Happy Birthday!

  13. HMBD Says:

    Your Birthday gift is on the way, arriving tomorrow Lisa knows where it is. Enjoy!

  14. Barbara McKee Says:

    Hey Bruce – Happy Birthday – special wishes coming your way for continued recovery. You are simply AMAZING! I look forward to each and every update and am so happy that you are progressing forward! I hope this birthday and the new year are the beginning of many more happy and HEALTHY ones for you. You deserve it!

  15. Warren Says:

    Since it is now 12/20, we can say HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more.
    Warren and Marilyn

  16. Laurie Samuels Says:

    Happy Birthday Bruce! So glad to hear that you have the perfect rash! Love and good thoughts to you, Lisa, and the kids… Keep those excellent reports coming. Laurie

  17. Margot Says:

    Bruce – Happy Birthday!! How wonderful to have 2 days to celebrate!! This one is so very special! We hope you are having a great day and being able to enjoy it with family. We would all be there with champagne if we could! This one rates that ol’ throwing the glasses into the firplace bit! A toast to you on December 20, 2010! And to Oh so many more to come. Love, The Budins.

  18. courtney =) Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUCE!!! if you can taste ice cream cake, you could have some of that!! =)

    wishing you the best birthday today and many more to come!!!

    courtney =)

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  20. winnie Says:

    I hope your wishes are fullfilled soon and you go home
    love winnie

  21. Brooke Saucier Says:

    Happy Late Birthday, Bruce…

    Just spent the day with Mark and his family in downtown Chicago, and it’s a great feeling to think about his and my long friendship, and my wonderful year housesitting for you at Lincoln Park West. I am so sorry to hear about your issues, and I look forward to reading the rest of your blog.

    All of my best and warmest thoughts are with you, Bruce.


  22. Catherine O'Brien Says:

    Happy birthday, Bruce. Nearly the longest night of the year. And what a year it has been for you! Glad to hear it is going well. Those numbers often made me nervous, by the way,

    Lots of love,

  23. joel steinberg Says:

    Happy Birthday from us too. And just what you wanted–a Goldilocks rash! Joel and Margaret

  24. HMBD Says:

    HAPPY THE DAY AFTER and continuing to rest and gain some of that weight back, and go home soon! Love you, Mom and Dad

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