I will start with the conclusion – I am doing well. Yesterday I had my first in person visit at Mt. Sinai since February. It felt a little like “old home” week from the young woman who signed me in, put the plastic band on my wrist and said, “Mr. Roth, you haven’t been here for a while. You are looking good today,” to all the others I saw; my two main doctors, Dr. Keyzner who examined me, Dr. Hoffman who came out to say hello, and several nurses I conversed with. At the end of the visit, I saw Michael Cohen, who makes the appointments and told me his brother had been sick, but now has recovered. It was just a good feeling to see all of them and to know that they and their families were all well. There were a number of differences. Rhonda was not allowed to be with me during the visit. In the lobby my temperature was taken. I had to answer a few questions about possible symptoms of covid – 19. I sanitized my hands before going up to the third floor. My blood test numbers were great for me. I am still not in the normal range but so much closer than I have been in thirty years. I did have to wait a long time to see the doctor, but I have a different view of long waits than I did some years ago. I am still an impatient patient. However, I know that I have never, never felt that my time with the doctors or nurses at Mt. Sinai was ever rushed. If someone else needs the doctor’s time more than I do, that is fine. I have been in that place many times. Since I was waiting I was able to Zoom in on my phone to a meeting of a local Rabbinic group. I missed the beginning and the end of it and I am not sure if my colleagues could figure out why I was wearing a mask clearly in an indoor space that looked like a doctor’s office.
I asked Dr. Keyzner about a long list of activities and when I could resume them. Last time I spoke to her on a televisit she mentioned the need for a vaccine and an effective treatment for covid 19 before I could begin to leave my house for anything other than a walk in my neighborhood. She sounded more optimistic now. Yes, I can have a colonoscopy soon. Not that I am looking forward to it, but I am overdue. She said that it was safe to go to doctors’ offices so I can follow up on the melanoma in my eye and go to the dentist, but I might want to wait until the end of June just in case there is a second wave of infections. A haircut can wait. I am still going to be using the internet for teaching my class, Shabbat services and other meetings and classes that I will be attending. For the most part I will still be in isolation. When I asked about immunizations she checked my record and told me I had immunity to measles, mumps and rubella from Gabe’s bone marrow. All I need is the shingles vaccine in September to get me close to where I was before the transplant. I will walk in the neighborhood and not in the park to be careful. Medium rare steaks and sushi remain off the approved list. I can live with that. All in all a great report I will see Dr. Keyzner on a televisit in six weeks and don’t need to return to Mt. Sinai for three months. I will just keep on Zooming along.