Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"It wouldn't be make-believe if you believe in me" Arlen and Harburg

It's a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me

The LA Kings are 3 and 0 but it only preseason, make-believe. Only a paper moon.

One extra I got from my young donor that's not make-believe, but painfully real every time I look in the mirror, is pimples. a few tender zits breaking out on all over my body. It was worse in July, but it is still there. The real source of course, is not youthful acne returning because of my donor's young age. Wouldn't that be great! I would so be willing to trade oily skin for a few of my other organs being as vigorous and strong and resilient as when I was 22. I was thinking of my arthritic knees, weren't you?

The real source of my bad skin is my suppressed immunity so that normal skin bacteria are now opportunists invading and inflaming my pores and hair follicles. No biggie, but just a reminder of how much easier it is to breach my natural defences of skin and mucous membranes.  Wash those hands and careful what you eat, even as restrictions are being lifted.

As my recent lighter posts reveal, I am procrastinating on facing a few big issues I need to share. I'll get there, but not yet. DLI, future monitoring, living with a different kind of uncertainty, the Jewish New Year, my son's new car (thank you Del, for the 96 Cadillac Concours), reclaiming or selling our old giant Mike Hill sculpture, re-entering the world as my immunity improves, and of course, the PARTY on OCT 18.

One excuse I will allow myself. I have been luxuriating in the emails and comments I have received from lurkers all over the planet. My world has grown by the learning of the stories of the people who have been on parts of this journey with me. My staff and patients have been particularly generous in their words. Thank you.

I have said it before. Actually Tom Robbins said it, and I just am repeating it: Everything is connected. That's the secret of life.

It's still not too late. Add a comment or email at BkoffmanMD@gmail.com I will thank you and you will feel good about it.  I promise that this is my last shameless appeal.

For now.

2 Comments:

Blogger Wendy S. Harpham, MD said...

October 18th is a great day to have a celebration. It has long been a special day on my calendar, as I explain in this article about good luck charms:
http://www.oncology-times.com/pt/pt-core/template-journal/oncotimes/media/WendyHarpham-Opal-OT-Feb102007.pdf

Enjoy! With hope, Wendy

September 25, 2008 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger rpassananti said...

We all want something that 22 year old has, but you got the best gift from him.

October 18th was also a lucky day for me, i was born.

September 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM  

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