私） I was very shocked by the news of the swim star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia. Dさん) So was I. An) Have you ever been involved in a treatment of patients with leukemia? Dさん） Yes, I have. I mean as an anesthesiologist for a donor who donated his bone marrow. 私） How long does a bone marrow donor have to be under anesthesia? Dさん） Nornally a few hours. It depends on each individual case, though. An) I had thought that the operation of transplanting bone marrow would take much longer time. Dさん） The transplanting operation itself takes about an hour only. But the donor has to stay hospitalized for a few days. 私） What do you think is the most important for Rikako Ikee aside from finding a matching donor? Dさん） As a doctor, I can say she needs a strong mind. An) Strong mind? Dさん） Yes, the treatment of leukemia is long and painful. So patients are sometimes losing patience. Some refuse further treatment in the worst case. 私）So Rikako-san has to have a vigorous mentality to conquer her suffering. An) Let’s keep our fingers crossed that God will grant her another chance to rise to the top.
体力の弱い高齢者にとってインフルエンザは非常に危険なものである。Influenza is very dangerous for physically weak elderly people. 高齢者の施設でインフルエンザを予防するために入所者に薬を使うかどうかは施設の判断にゆだねられている。It is up to each facility’s decision as to whether or not they give medicine to every senior in the nursery homes as a preventive measure against the deadly disease. ただ心配なのは、みんなが予防目的で薬を使うようになると、耐性ウイルスが増えるのではないかだ。However, there is one concern. If everyone comes to use such prophylactic drugs, it might induce the development of a new kind of virus that is drug resistant. 使い方についてはもう少し明確な基準があるのがのぞましいのではないだろうか？We feel it is more desirable to have sharply defined standards regarding its usage. 私が訪れた介護施設は、入居者に予防接種をさせ、さらなる予防としての薬も準備している。The nursing home I visited had residents have influenza vaccines injected. Also some medicines are available there for further prevention. それでもなおウイルスを完全に消し去ることはできない。Even so it is difficult to fight off viruses perfectly. つまるところ、うがい、手洗い、よく食べ、よく寝るなどの日常生活が病気に対する免疫を持つ強い身体を作るのだ。It eventually reduces to daily routine such as gargling , washing hands, eating well, and sleeping well that help build a strong body.immune to diseases.