Tuesday, October 16, 2007

day +56

Wearing a surgical mask, I just finished dusting my room. As a result of my immunosuppressed system, it's very important that my room and indeed the entire apartment are kept free of as much dust as possible.

Before doing that I called Sinda, the unrelated adult donor coordinator, at Sloan asking her how I go about contacting my donor. Originally, I had planned to contact him after the first 100 days, but then I thought why wait. The fact is I wouldn't be in the place that I am now if it wasn't for him, therefore, why wait. Contact him and thank him now. He's probably wondering about the outcome of his donation too. She said that I can write or type a letter in which I address the person as "donor" and myself as "recipient." If the letter is ready in time for my next follow-up on Monday, I can leave it in the clinic for her to pick up. For the purposes of identity protection, neither of our identities can be revealed at this time but after one year post-transplant, both my donor and I will be able to communicate as we wish independent of the NMDP.

Finally, late this morning I set off to cross the Willis Avenue Bridge, the last of the five bridges in my immediate backyard which I had yet to walk across.

Make a PhotoShow Full Size

Generally I'm against embedding music in slideshows, but I found this tune to compliment the jagged edginess of this visual travelogue. Though I'm leaning towards removing the music, I thought I'd give it a try. But what do you think? Should I keep the music or can it?

6 Comments:

Comment Blogger Jim Anderson said...

Hey Duane, I was wondering about donor contact. So far it looks like you got a great one. My mud donor comes from nmdp too so I will have the same rules. I guess it's best to wait until the 1 year mark for obvious reasons. I continue to be inspired by your courage and determination. Your blog is always interesting too. I might have to make it my home page!
Jim

8:49 PM  
Comment Blogger April said...

I'm impressed that you're dusting:) I will have to tell Mike; I don't think he's dusted... ever. Great to hear that you're doing so well! Enjoy the bike too!

9:11 PM  
Comment Blogger Michelle J said...

Good tune! Keep it. Tell me, what is it? I would like to download it to my iPod. Glad your feeling good Duane! Oh also, thanks for posting those awesome pics! So breathtaking...
Michelle

9:29 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey Jim, thanks. You're the man!!

11:50 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hey April,

Honestly I wouldn't have dusted if I didn't have to, but it was clear me that the dust was accumulating and my mom didn't feel like doing it yesterday. Please give Mike a pass :)

Thinking about you both!

11:56 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hi Michelle,

I don't remember the name/song title but it was one of the standard songs available for PhotoShow.

I'm glad you like the pics. They're wonderful, aren't they?

Talk to you later.

11:58 AM  

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