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September 23, 2014

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Gondo watching Oprah, still making progress

NOW:

When I talked to Glen Gondrezick today, he was watching "Oprah" on TV.

Sometimes, recuperating from a heart transplant can be tough.

All kidding aside, the UNLV basketball legend says he's continuing to make rapid progress since receiving his new heart on Sept. 20.

He's recuperating at a specially equipped hotel near the UCLA Medical Center campus in Los Angeles. Barring complications, he's still on schedule to return to his Las Vegas home on Oct. 16.

Gondo said doctors today lessened his anti-rejection medication, which is another sign he's making progress. He said between the heart medication and steroids, he's up to about 280 pounds -- about 30 pounds heavier than his walking around weight of 250.

He said he's starting to look like Jerry Lewis -- but he's not complaining.

"I'm so far ahead of schedule it's a joke," he said.

Friends and family members have returned home and Gondo is now living by himself.

Last night, he had his first good night's sleep in months.

THEN:

I once read that Jerry Lewis gives away his suits instead of having them cleaned and will never wear a pair of socks twice.

I have never read about anybody who has worn his used suits or socks.

But it wouldn't surprise me to learn that they have become collector's items in France.

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