Sunday, November 14, 2010

day +1181

I'm not a regular on Facebook. I log in from time to time. Well, early last week was one of the those moments when I signed in to check on a couple of friends with whom I hadn't spoken for some time. To my great surprise, I learned that a fellow prizefighter and friend, Bobby, had passed away. In fact, he has passed away back in early July. I had no clue until this week.

We had met at Sloan in the doctor's waiting room some time after my transplant. Dr. CM was our doctor. He was married with two daughters. Like me, he loved photography. I remember how excited he was when he was finally able to purchase the jaw-dropping Nikon D3X, a beast of a camera. I introduced him to Flickr where he posted some lovely portraits of friends and family.

We checked up on each other about every 2-3 months. I told him about the annual Patient Art Exhibition at Sloan encouraging him to submit his beautiful work. This coming spring, he had hoped to participate in the show.

On a few occasions, he invited me to visit him and his family at their home where they had a large outdoor pool. I never made it, however.

His post-transplant recovery was really tough. He had it hard. Bobby was readmitted to the hospital several times for infections. I remember visiting him on the transplant ward at Sloan during one of these stays.

His immune system never made the progress that mine did. Bobby didn't spend much time in public and on those occasions when he did, he always wore a mask. Due to his compromised immune system, he was unable to begin the reimmunization process.

His shocking death reminded me of just how fortunate I really have been.


Comment Blogger Tom (dB) said...

I'm very sorry to hear that, Duane. My thoughts go out to his family.

I'm still going strong, doing well actually, and it's great to read stories of your travels and life adventures.

All the best, Tom.

2:38 AM  
Comment Anonymous EFG said...

so sorry about the loss of your friend.

7:22 AM  

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