4-4-11 Monday  + 5 months

Status:  Feeling better and little stronger.  Prednisone seems to be helping, but it’s a long and slow process.

Events: Weekly visit to Hopkins, a good visit with my oncologist. Spent a bit of time talking about activity, diet, and a sundry of other things.  Lisa and I feel very comfortable with him, tackles not only big issues, but the little daily things as well.  Lab numbers were good, with a full complement of white cells and neutrophils, but we talked about the fact that I am still immune-suppressed because graft vs. host and the prednisone.  If I’m doing well they may move me to every other week soon.

  Had pulmonary function tests today.  They’re getting more sophisticated all the time.  Measured total lung capacity (they put me in a glass isolation box about the size of a phone booth), and measured all sorts of lung volumes, tidal, forced expiratory, residual, and how well gases diffused across the lung.

Comments: What’s the best faucet to use to wash your hands? A study of newly installed, hands-free faucets at John Hopkins, all equipped with the latest electronic-eye sensors shows they were more likely to be contaminated with Legionella bacteria (the culprit in the initial outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Philadelphia, and several more since).

About half of water samples from electronic-eye faucets contained Legionella, but it occurred in only 15 percent of water cultures from traditional, old-style fixtures with separate handles for hot and cold water.   So go for the traditional faucets (you can still use paper towels to turn them off).

  Seems that often older is better – and I can say from my point of view, older is definitely better.  Of course, who wouldn’t want to 25 again.




8 Responses to “”

  1. Art Ulene Says:

    Just a short note to say how much I enjoy your messages and your recover/rebirth/renewal/all of the above. Love, Art

  2. Lewis Lefkowitz Says:

    Be not the fiirst by whom the new is tried, nior yet the ladst to cast the old aside.

    Mr Father’s mantra.

  3. Henry Miller Says:

    Your post is sort of a paean to my old slide-rule!

  4. Donna Hill Howes Says:

    Good morning, Bruce and Lisa! Awesome to read of your continued progress….slow, sure and steady…. I, for one, would NOT want to be 25 again….35, 45 maybe, but can’t remember back to 25 🙂
    Sending you love, and cheers for continued progress.

  5. Bill Schaffner Says:

    Hi Bruce:

    We revel in your encouraging news.

    Am very impressed that your oncologist is concerned with the nitty-gritty as well as the big picture. Tom Brittingham liked to remark, “that patient needs a good doctor”. Sounds as though you have one.

    What’s the best faucet to use to wash your hands? The closest one. Better yet, use the disinfectant hand sanitizing wipes that now are ubiquitous in hospitals.

    Legionella from hands? I’m dubious. Maybe from the faucet’s aerosol, however.

    Older is better? Sure! As the old saying goes, youth is wasted on the young.

    Saw Lisa breaking news the other evening – good for her and great seeing her, albeit electronically.



  6. pjvn Says:

    Bruce and Lisa:

    Just a quick note to send a hug and best wishes for this journey to continue going in the right direction. You are teaching us all so much by sharing your experience, perspective and ruminations. That is a precious gift that I deeply appreciate. All I can give in return is a continuing stream of positive, healing thoughts–and that’s all for you for sure!

    Hugs, Paula

  7. Chaya Says:

    For an impatient man you have certainly gained a bit of patience through all of this. I am the one who is supposed to be the patient one, but don’t like having to wait a year or so for you to be Brucie Dan again.

  8. mike magee Says:


    I read that automatic faucet piece also. Placed in my huge basket of “Strange results I don’t Fully Understand”. What is it – the water sits around waiting to get sensed in the new variety and becomes contaminated?


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