12-23-10 Thursday Day +57

Status: No numbers needed for today because I am writing this from home!  They’re letting us have the long weekend off, and then we’ll be back Monday for my 60-day checkup (bone marrow and a few others things).  So good here after being away for 2 months.  Look forward perhaps in a few weeks to making it my permanent habitat.

Events:  My CMV counts have dropped significantly so they reduced my Valcyte (anti-viral medication), which should help my counts.  Valcyte tends to reduce them.  GVH rash is about the same with dry mouth and gritty eyes.  Still not inclined to treat it, and every day I count it as anti-leukemic therapy.  Developed some dysuria, which may be a urinary tract infection or a rare infection from what is called the BK virus.  They cultured for both.

Comments:  So good to be home.  Lisa’s parents are here for the week, and I sat just chatting with Rachel on my bed for an hour.  Rare for a teenager to have that long an attention span with her Dad.  Know how much she’s missed me.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend.  We’ll check in on Monday.




25 Responses to “”

  1. Judy Freedman Says:

    Happy Homecoming! So thrilled to hear that you are home! :), :), :)!

  2. wendy Says:

    we are all giving you a standing ovation… applause! applause! applause!! enjoy and don’t over do anything… you’ve been a good patient so far..keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Art Ulene Says:

    Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! More applause from the west coast, and much love, too. You’ve been an inspiration to us all. We wish you and Lisa and the kids a Happy New Year and the best year ever in 2011. Priscilla and I are heading out for three weeks in Mali, so I’m not going to be in contact much. Just know that you’re all in our minds and hearts…. ART

  4. Julia Fischer Says:

    Have a great time at home, sweet home.

  5. Gail Lehmann Says:

    Hello Bruce,
    We have been away on a 35-day adventure to Australia, New Zealand, and a 20-cruise (our first ever) that brought us from NZ to San Francisco. You have motivated us to GO, GO, GO while we can. We had limited internet while away and DELIGHTED hear you are HOME. Enjoy time with your family and tell Lisa I will chat with her when she has time.
    Lots of Love,
    Gail & Mark

  6. Wendy Yaross Says:

    Yippee! So great you both are home with family! Enjoy the weekend — we’re sure it will be wonderful!
    Wendy and Daniel

  7. Mitzi Krockover Says:

    Bruce, We’re so glad to hear that you are home–where you belong! That’s the best news…enjoy the time. You–and your family–deserve it after all the hard work!

  8. Katie Weber & Geoff Ossias Says:

    Bruce, Lisa, Rachel and Ethan,
    Thinking of you all. Glad to hear Bruce is home this weekend. Aaron misses Ethan and really enjoyed his visit in 2009. Wishing you the best,
    Katie, Geoff, Aaron and Simon

  9. Henry Miller Says:

    Way to go, Big Bro, way to go!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. John King Says:

    Enjoy your time back home and sleeping in your own bed!
    What a great present from Santa. Happy Holidays!

  11. Blake and Amy Golding Says:

    There’s no place like home …. the inspiration all receive from your strength and resolute determination and steely persistence is the gift that keeps giving – thank you. Enjoy the whole family.

    Love, Amy and Blake

  12. Wally Schlech Says:

    Great news! In Little Rock with the entire clan and all send love for a great time at home and a healthy New Year!

  13. Judie Davidson Says:

    So happy to know that you are home for a visit. Margaret and Chris (boyfriend) came to visit with their two rescue pitbulls in tow. Sid will arrive later. We shall celebrate Xmas tomorrow and dance around the Festivus pole that Rick built.

    Love to all.

  14. Blaine Says:

    So glad you’re home!!!

  15. Bruce Gellin Says:

    Nothing like “home for the holidays”

    Your note inspired a quick look to see what others have said about home and coming home.

    The spectrum is wide, but all hit “home” in one way or another.

    So in no particular order below are a few that help us all look at where we are for the holidays and how central “home” is to all of us.

    That you are finally home gives all of us and each of us a pause to be thankful for the progress that you’ve made and grateful for all that we have.

    Welcome home!


    When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home (Thornton Wilder)

    Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in (Robert Frost)

    Home is where you can say anything you please, because nobody pays any attention to you anyway (Anon)

    Where we love is home, Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

    I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world (George Washington)

    I have an answering machine in my car. It says, I’m home now. But leave a message and I’ll call when I’m out (Steven Wright)

    A girl phoned me the other day and said… ‘Come on over, there’s nobody home.’ I went over. Nobody was home (Rodney Dangerfield)

  16. HMBD Says:

    Run those steps, boy, I walked them and it helped. Have a wonderful weelend, our love!

  17. Sharon Gellin Says:

    I’ve been following along but wanted you to know how happy I am that you’re finally home! Enjoy this special time with your family.

    Best for the New Year,


  18. Debbie Blum Says:

    I love getting news like this! So glad you are doing so well. Best wishes for the holidays and a happy and healthy year ahead.


  19. Howard Schoenholtz Says:

    Welcome back to Bethesda – it is indeed great news that you can spend some time at home. And belated but very heartfelt Birthday wishes from Phyllis and me! We both send our love and best wishes for continued good progress towards a complete recovery.

  20. Laurie Samuels Says:

    “There’s no place like home….” So happy that you are able to spend a few days with family at home before returning. Harry and ours are wishing you and yours every happiness and the best of health for 2011! Keep the good news coming… Hugs, Laurie

  21. joel steinberg Says:

    Yay! We jump for joy. Have a great weekend. Joel and Margaret

  22. Eileen Breslin Says:

    Best News ever!! There is nothing quite like father daughter chats…enjoy & cherish the moments…Enjoy the next few days and best wishes for the new year 2011. Your progress continues to be an inspiration for us all…We will be off to Egypt for 10 days..we will continue to send prayers and best wishes for this continued recovery…love Eileen and Bill

  23. Felice Says:

    You always were one of my favorite Dans. I wish you all the best and I’m so glad you get to be with your kids! Keep fighting Bruce, I will always cherish my time as your sister-in-law.

  24. Sheryl Stolberg Says:

    So glad you got some time at home!

  25. winnie Says:

    so happy to hear that you are home with your family!
    Hope you have many more times like that
    love winnie

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