8-25-11 Thursday +9 ¾ months

(From Lisa)

We are reminded that this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Status: One step forward, one step back. Bruce had to go back on the ventilator in the early hours of the morning.

Events: Yesterday we were so excited when Bruce was able to get off the ventilator.  Unfortunately he and his lungs just weren’t strong enough to keep up, with just the assistance of an oxygen mask. Doctors said he was doing well breathing in, it was breathing out and expelling carbon dioxide that was problematic. Around 2AM doctors again had to intubate Bruce and put him back on the ventilator. They will work to get him off again as soon as they can. Already this morning, the respiratory therapist began another breathing test. Bruce managed five hours before tiring out.

Comments: It was a disappointment for Bruce and all of us to have him go back on the ventilator, but the doctors reassured us this happens and is hopefully only a brief setback. For now we stay the course. I wish I had some pithy Winston Churchill-type comment about forging on – but my human quote machine is sedated and unable to assist.

Thank you for all your uplifting comments.


Bruce (and Lisa)


13 Responses to “”

  1. Bill Israel and Eileen Breslin Says:

    It’s a good time to remember Winston, is right, Lisa:
    “We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…”

    …and we shall fight right with you. Love from us both.

  2. Art Ulene Says:

    You two are inspiring! Please hug that amazing man for me. Art

  3. Amy and Blake Golding Says:


    In the course of this marathon, we hope this is just a minor sprain and you will back on pace soon enough. I am confident that you, of all people, have the willpower to make this happen. We continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.


    Amy and Blake

  4. Aileen Pincus Says:

    “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” (Churchill)

    We’re all pulling for you. Aileen

  5. dswedlow Says:

    Disappointing news, but the story is not over. Here’s another quote:

    “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” ~Author Unknown

    Keep on hanging on.

    David & Ruth

  6. joel steinberg Says:

    “Never, never, never, never, never give up.”— WSC. And we know you won’t. Joel and Margaret S.

  7. wendy dan Says:

    I’m hoping for “rest” for all concerned, and hopefully that is on your agenda sooner than later. “Hope” is the end of the rope that God hangs down for us to hold onto. Years ago during a particular trying time in my life, some one reminded me that God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. And what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger. I asked in return, am I strong enough yet? Years later, I realized how much stronger I’d become through all the trials and tribulations. I’m thinking with all the wack-a-moles you’ve had to deal with that I’m witnessing the making of “superman and superwoman.” Incredible and inspiring for us all.

  8. Leslie and Family Says:

    So glad to hear the news of improvement. I was away from the computer for a few days and you are so right, what a difference a week makes! Wishing that todays set back will be a big gain for tomorrow or soon. Thinking of Bruce and the family each day.

  9. Wendy Says:

    Bruce and Lisa, we are cheering your fortitude and sending love, hugs and wishes for a quick return off the ventilator and out of the hospital.
    Wendy and Daniel

  10. bob price Says:

    Bruce & Lisa, this week end, Bruce’s name will be said in prayers in lots of synagogues & church’s . All of our prayers are for Bruce’s quick return to good health. bob & Karen

  11. Tia Lemke Says:

    Bruce and Lisa …

    The Winston Churchill quote was perfect. I know Bruce is a fighter as you are … you will always have each other and that is not a struggle … with love always, Tia

  12. Wendi Says:

    Hopefully a short setback that will propel you further. With you both in spirit and alway with love,

  13. Penelope Douglas Says:

    Hey Lisa,

    You are fighting the good fight girlfriend…all of us here at ITV are pulling for Bruce and you. And your family is in our prayers. The most succinct quote I’ve ever heard came not from Winston Churchill…but from an Andy Griffith character. He attributed it to his mom:
    “Ain’t nothin’ easy.”
    Hang in there !

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