12-21-10   Tuesday  Day +55

Thank everyone for such cheery birthday wishes.  Some probably think I’m still a youngster, some may wonder if people really get that old (Yes, and we’re glad they do).

Status:  Numbers?  Not numbers?  Maybe we should take a poll.  Regardless we are doing well.  A couple of ongoing issues.  Still positive for rhinovirus, so my immune system is yet to develop.  Sort of like a newborn.  Fortunately infants get antibodies from their mother that last several months after birth, giving them protection when they’re most vulnerable.  I’m not that lucky, hence the need for isolation.  Still babies don’t receive live-virus vaccines until a year of age since their immune systems aren’t developed enough until that time.

Events:  More importantly my previous CMV infection from 35 years ago has been reactivated, and I’m taking Valcyte (valganciclovir) to keep it in check.  The problem is that the drug lowers your blood counts, so you’re caught in the cross hairs of reducing the medication dose, which might increase the chances of infection, or keeping the current dose and increasing the chances if infection.  I’ll leave that decision to the guys who earn the big bucks.  Lower counts might also be from an infection (they’ll get a CT scan of my lungs and sinuses on Thursday), or from GVH, which for now seems stable. 

 Comments:   Depending how I look on Thursday, they my let me go home over the long weekend – that would be a boost.

Looking forward to improvement.




11 Responses to “”

  1. joel steinberg Says:

    This whole process is a high wire act. Constant adjusting and tweaking. We will be so glad when you regain a close approximation to normality. And we are confident you will. Margaret and Joel S.

  2. Judy and Larry Says:

    We continue to look forward to reading your blogs, Bruce, and hope that you continue to improve. I hope that you will address the following question when you get a chance. Do you think that it is an advantage or a disadvantage for you to know so much about the human body and what yours is going through?
    We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and hope that you enjoyed your birthday.
    Love, Judy

  3. Jill O'Mahony Stewart Says:

    Prayers and hugs and holiday best wishes for the DanFam this season! Love, Jill

  4. Beth Says:

    Looks as though you had a Happy Birthday! Many Many More!!

    Being a numbers person, I vote yes to numbers. Of course, you get the final vote!

    Continue to send prayers for healing and strength to you

    Much Love

    Cousin Beth

  5. wendy Says:

    imagine since this all medical marvel is so difficult to manage or juggle or manipulate…how God did that and the entire universe and everything in it in just 6 days with a day to rest. 🙂 must have really needed to rest! Remember if God rested after working so hard.. so should you… love wendy

  6. Judie Davidson Says:

    Even though the sunlight is short, I am sure your days can be long without the kiddos around. Hope you get to go home this weekend.

  7. Wendi Says:

    Though I don’t often comment, I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts. Eddie and Leo join me in sending wishes for all the best, each and every day, and for many, many more birthday celebrations. May each day bring improvement and joy to balance the struggle. Your strength is inspirational. xo

  8. Sheryl Stolberg Says:

    Happy Birthday! a day or two late, I think, but who’s counting now that we’ve given up numbers?
    Love to you and Lisa and here’s hoping that you get some time at home very soon. May the New Year bring peace and joy and most of all, good health.

  9. Penelope Douglas Says:

    Hey Bruce,
    As a wise, eloquent and articulate Southern gentleman once said many years ago:”Aint nothing easy!” I’m glad you’re leaving the medication decisions to guys who make the big bucks. What I’ve found is that in many cases I know just enough to make me dangerous. That’s certainly not the case with you…but at least its one thing you can leave to them. I so hope you get to spend the long weekend with the family! A little one-on-one time with them will undoubtedly do them…and you a world of good.
    Belated birthday wishes from the ITV crew here in Florida. We’d love to send you some sunshine on Santa’s sleigh…but since that’s not possible…we’re sending warm wishes and fervent prayers for a speedy recovery!

  10. Carolyn & Patrick Hyde Says:


    Really, really hoping that you get to take a long weekend at home. Happy Birthday and looking to 2011 as the year that you get back in “fighting shape”!

  11. Ashby Says:

    Ach, your birthday slipped by and for that I am sorry. Happy happy happy (belated) best wishes. Remember, you are not getting older, you are getting better . . . every day. Merry Christmas to you Bruce from the bottom of my fraser fir. All I want for Christmas is a 10/10 from you.

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