24 Jun 2003
Shalom Gavriel, Henry and Nachum
I just wanted to touch bases with each of you and let you know what has been happening here. Not much ! However, after 26 days of downpours in the past 50 days, and after a record 10 inches of rain ! today was sunny, bright and warm. Some even complained of the heat ! I enjoyed it, and went with Heyward Ehrlich to Central Park and a photo exhibit.
Further, starting before my trip but increasingly back here, my stomach has been growling for attention, and I went in for an colonoscopy last week. Dr. Groisser looked it over and said it seemed 'normal' enough, considering my long history with Crohns disease [Ileitis]. [It started in 1962, on the day I was graduated from Columbia.] He wants to do a new procedure. It is called 'Remicade,' whereby an I.V. drip 'floods' the blood stream with a protein which neutralizes the problem.
The problem, by the way, consists of overly active white
blood cells [you know, the ones that attack bad things like bacteria and, perhaps, virus, and eats them. Ugh ! !] So, in effect, my defensive system is attacking, by mistake, me ! ! You can think of it as 'collateral damage,' but, in my case, colonic damage. [Ileum, actually.] Self-criticism. Is it any wonder the Ileitis is relatively prevalent among Jews ?
Anyway, the new treatment tends to neutralize the action of the white cells, thus relieving the disease and the symptoms. It is said to be effective in 60 - 70% of the time. I am looking forward, since my present condition is uncomfortable.
Otherwise, I have a mosaic workshop coming up in July and I need to get my apartment better organized. I promised I would vacate it in October and let a friend use it. I am starting to plan a trip to Israel and neighboring places for that time.
Send me some news when you get the chance.. ..
Much Love Dad