8-20-11 Wednesday +9 months

(From Lisa)

Status. The source of the lung infection still remains a bit of mystery. Nothing really grew from the samples from Monday’s procedure. They did a second bronchoscope yesterday, to take more samples to culture.

Events: Whatever is going in the lungs has progressed, and it has made it difficult for Bruce to breath, because of that he is now doing so with the help of a ventilator. He is on a host of antibiotics, anti-fungal meds, etc, to see if they will help. So far, they don’t seem to be making much of a difference. The doctors will be trying some new approaches beginning tonight.

Comments: So in some ways we are still very much in limbo. Bruce’s condition is quite serious, but his heart, liver and kidneys remain strong. It’s just those darn lungs. He’s in a big fight – but I know all of you are there with him.

Love,

Bruce (and Lisa)

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31 Responses to “”

  1. Mitzi Krockover Says:

    We are there with both of you, pulling for you and praying. We look forward to some better news soon.

    Love, the Sokolovs

  2. Ed Baker Says:

    Thanks Lisa. We all are thinking of you, Bruce and your family.

  3. Aileen Pincus Says:

    Lisa: You’re both in our thoughts–I know he’s in good hands–both yours and the docs’. Keep the updates coming when you can. Love Aileen

  4. Art Ulene Says:

    We are at your side. We send our love. Art and Priscilla

  5. Johnny De Philo Says:

    Dearest Bruce and Lisa
    We are doubling, tripling our positive thoughts and good wishes for you. We love you very very much and are so utterly proud of you. Bruce: you are our hero; you have made it possible to remember love – and in fact, make it flourish in the most difficult of places. A toast to courage, your courage, your smarts, your humour, to your plain old fashioned common sense and the true meaning of family and friendship. Kisses Johnny & Lake xxx

  6. Judy and Lewis Lefkowitz Says:

    We are thinking of all the Dans positively and hopefully.

  7. grassflats Says:

    So sorry to hear that, Lisa. Judie and I are thinking of you.

  8. Marcia & Wilson Russell Says:

    Much love to all of you.

  9. Debbie Blum Says:

    There are so many people “there” with Bruce and family, in our thoughts and prayers. It’s comforting to know that he is in the best of hands.

    Love, Debbie

  10. jpsf Says:

    Sending our positive thoughts and prayers….
    Love,
    Judy and Ken

  11. wendy dan Says:

    Sending lots of energy and light and love. Mass prayers really do work. If there is anyone who can champion this wack-a-mole, it’s team Lisa and Bruce Dan. His recovery and story will live on and on in his mark on changing medicine as we know it,with books, articles and teaching. You Lisa have set the standard for how to be a supreme champion caregiver, friend, wife and love.

    Go get them B & L

    lead and your entire world team will back you up
    or relax a bit and we will all carry you for awhile

    love,

    the captain of your cheerleaders, wendy

  12. Barbara McKee Says:

    My continued thoughts, wishes and prayers are with you! Barbara

  13. Donna Hill Howes Says:

    Bruce and Lisa,
    We send our unfailing love and prayers to you….we fight the fight with you. Love, Donna, Taylor and Ross

  14. Bill Israel and Eileen Breslin Says:

    We are here to cheer the two of you on, Bruce and Lisa. *Sorry* to hear of the lung infection setback — but you’ve already been through worse, and you’re going to push through this, too. We love you both. Bill and Eileen

  15. judy moss Says:

    Please know that we are keeping Bruce and all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We are so glad that Terry was able to get up there to be by his side. We hope that he will fight through this and get better.
    Love, Judy and Larry

  16. Marlene Cimons Says:

    Lisa, I’m a longtime (at least 30 years) friend of Bruce and this is my first `public’ comment – I’ve been writing to him privately all along, but I realize he can’t check his email at this moment. I just wanted you to know that there are more people out there pulling for him than you may realize, and you can count me among them. I have been in awe of his blog – written with insight, humor and infinite skill – and I so admire you, your kids and the rest of his family for your spirit, courage and never-flagging good cheer. He is in my heart and my prayers, always. If anyone can fight the good fight, it’s Bruce. Marlene Cimons

  17. Wendi Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending healing energy your way, and of course, lots of love.
    Wendi and Eddie

  18. Sharon McDonnell Says:

    We are holding you in the light. Please let Bruce know I am rooting for him and hoping he can rest and gather his strength.
    Sharon and Gib

  19. Cliff Karchmer Says:

    Bruce and Lisa, I will do anything I can. Please let me know.

    Cliff Karchmer

  20. winnie Says:

    I hope he keeps fighting and wins!!

  21. Peggie Neill Says:

    Lisa –
    I send unending prayers and thoughts for you and Bruce as well as your family. And when you are bone tired, I hope your can feel the universal support from all of us “out here”. We love you both and will storm the heavens with prayers.
    Love,
    Peggie

  22. frank Says:

    bruce — keep up the fight. i’m with you in spirit, fighting along side. Yesterday I made a wish for you in a Buddhist temple (and lifted the Buddha above my head to insure it would come true). much love, frank

    ps. we still have a bottle of wine to drink together…

  23. joel steinberg Says:

    Margaret and I are devasted by this news. We just picked up our emails after being away for 2 weeks on vacation. We arepulling for you, Bruce. Joel Steinberg

  24. Kathy Shands Says:

    Bruce & Lisa –
    We are beyond this posting now, with updates from Hank. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are hoping hard that the steroids do their magic. Hang in there, and the offer for a week on Martha’s Vineyard still holds!
    Lots of love, Kathy & Joe

  25. Alpa and Ken Says:

    Bruce and Lisa,

    Hoping this is just one more bump on your amazing road. We are thinking about your whole family and sending our good thoughts.

    — Alpa and Ken

  26. Roxanne K. Young Says:

    Oh, Bruce. You’re in my thoughts. Roxanne

  27. Tia Lemke Says:

    I am thinking of you all … with much love, Tia

  28. Jeff and Jeff O'Connell Says:

    Lisa, you and Bruce are in our thoughts, Catherine and Jeff

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