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April 23, 2012

Hi Everybody,

At the urging of my friends and wife to let people know what is happening with me, I’ve decided to go where I’ve never gone before.  The world of blogging.  Not being the most technologically sophisticated person in the world, this is truly a leap for me.  Anyway, here we go.

I’m in limbo waiting till early May to get another CT scan of the mysterious lung lesion.  As many of you know, I was at the City of Hope (COH) getting some test and they discovered this mass.  After 2 negative biopsies and several courses of antibiotics and consults from medical specialist, the plan is to repeat the CT scan.  Hopefully the lesion will be gone or at least significantly better and I can proceed with the transplant.  If it’s still there, then I’ll have surgery and remove it.  I can’t get the transplant which requires suppressing my immune system with the possibility of a little Gremlin inside of me waiting to create havoc.  

It is a challenge to “hurry up and wait”.  I must say not rushing around is nice but I miss working, being a doctor.   Being on this side of the doctor patient relationship is not fun but can be worse.  I’m optimistic that it will work out but lets get on with the show.

Best to all of you

Jim

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7 Comments
  1. Marc permalink

    Try to stay out of trouble whilst lounging around with all of your free time. Wishing yo ya Refuah Shelyma (?sp). I also need my doctor back!

  2. Sarah Engelman permalink

    Jim,
    I think your blog is a great idea. It’s a great way for you to update your friends & family in one place and a good opportunity for you to stay connected to everyone without all those annoying cell phone messages! I want you to know that I am here (in lovely southern California) rooting for you as you “hurry up and wait”. Know that I am sending love, energy, strength your way on a daily basis. I hope others will send you similar comments, as I do hope that collective thoughts and prayers really can contribute to a positive outcome.
    Love you,
    Sarah

  3. Jason Arkin permalink

    Jim,
    It’s been a while since we have spoke but I wish you and your family the best as you pull through this difficult time. Please let me know if you come to Santa Monica in the future to visit your family down here. I would like to catch up. Sounds like your keeping your head up.

    -Jason

    -Jason

  4. Richard & Annie Staniford permalink

    Hi Dr. Engelman – Annie and I are so glad to hear from you. We got your “blog” site from the clinic this AM. We miss you, and will be happy when you are back here at work. Our best wishes!
    Dick and Annie Staniford

  5. Roy Schneider permalink

    Jim
    I know it has been a long time, but we are still young. I.
    Am sad to hear of your trials. My thoughts an Mishabayrach. To you and your family.
    Roy

  6. Kris Bloom permalink

    Dr. E. …sure do miss you! Hope the “hurry-up and waiting” is soon over. We think about you all of the time. Can’t wait til you are all well and back in your white coat.Sending you Love and healthy wishes…Kris and Bob

  7. George Schneer permalink

    Ted told me of your blog – great idea. Sounds like you are in good hands – everything WILL work out, I’m sure. I continue to ask about you without personally nagging you so this blog is just what’s needed.

    Regards,

    George Schneer

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