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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Germs and Public Spaces

Me and Nolan.  I am starting to see a little hair growth.
So, now that day 100 has come and gone, I am able to go into public places.  The theory for the first 100 days was my immune system was too weak to visit public areas.  The only public place I went was for check ups in Boston at Dana Farber.  On those days, I wore gloves and a mask into the clinic.  It makes it pretty easy to see my fellow bone marrow transplant patients.  We all have masks and are skinny.  We are bundled up because we are always cold.  Whenever I put on the mask, I think of the Bob Marley (local comedian)  routine where he is talking about his father going through the Wok Inn drive through.  Employee says, "Why you wear mask???"  Bob's fathers reply "Love the food, hate the SARS."  It is a bit dated, but still funny.

I am now able to go into semi public areas without a mask.  In the last couple of weeks, I have been able to visit the Dixon's and my parents.  I have been able to goto Nolan's school and meet his teacher for the first time.  I have been able to pickup Paige at daycare.  I have gone into the office to take care of a couple issues.  I have gone to the grocery store, convenience store, Reynolds Sportcenter and Rite Aid.  It has been amazing!!  It is crazy how the little things make such an impact!

11 comments:

Sonya said...

awesome news chad! love the thought of you being out and about a bit. makes the world a better place:)
hugs!

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

That's AWESOME!!

Kevin
HalfTRIing.blogspot.com

Tracy said...

Wow, congrats.. I am 200+ days post transplant and I am still on the reverse isolation and low microbial diet..I can't wait untill I can go mask free...

Pretend this is real said...

Sweet! Congrats!

Stacey said...

Wahoo!! Love reading about positive progress. Take care and maybe we'll see you at the Hannaford some day soon.

Anonymous said...

Great news Chad! Must feel great to have some sort of freedom again. Hope to see you in the office sometime soon!

K Luce/PWD

Mollie said...

Hey Chad, so glad to hear you can get out! That must boost your spirits just getting the fresh air. so happy things continue to get better and better. don't forget to let us all know when you're ready for some home made treats :)

Anonymous said...

Love you little brother!!! I smile every time I look at this picture.
XO

Toy Lady said...

Chad, you're amazing! Today and everyday it's the little things, the things that people take for granted day in and day out. Keep pushing, you inspire people everyday, without even trying.:)

Anonymous said...

This is so great Chad! I'm so happy you're doing well and can get out of the house again. The picture with you and Nolan makes me happy. Tam

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