Dr. Bobs Adventure

We've created this blog for several reasons. First is to keep family and friends(including Bobs' pts.)informed of Bobs' condition while he undergoes treatment for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia(AML) at HUP. You may also write to Bob by posting a comment, which I'll print for him to read. Please feel free to pass this blog site on to anyone you think may want to join us.Instructions to blog are listed under day 12, and bobs' address etc are under day 14. Click on April Archives to find both.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Day 18 Admission Day 13 Chemo

Dear friends and family,

I'm writing from the family room on Rhoads. Bob is quite tired today. His hgb was down to 7.6 this am, so he received one unit of blood. Also, the chest x-ray that was done yesterday showed a left lower lobe infiltrate, or pneumonia. The MDs started a new antibiotic, and also an anti-fungal medication since the majority of these lung infections are fungal in nature. Bob also had a CT scan of his chest early this am to get a better look at the area of pneumonia. He has not had any more fevers, but he appears wan and fatigued. He didn't walk today, but he's still eating well. Thank God, but doesn't it figure that Bobs' appetite wouldn't be affected? So, we've had a nice quiet afternoon, chatting and napping(me in the recliner). My parents went home this am, and my niece Megan has volunteered to come and stay w/ her Aunt Reen again. I'm going to be going home soon, b/c I want to get down early tomorrow and spend the day again. I've had several invitations for Easter dinner, and my brother wanted to bring Easter dinner to Bob. Unfortunately, that's not feasible at this point, but I thank him for the thought. I'll bring Bob a platter on Monday from Toms' ham dinner.

Well, I want to get back to my guy. He just finished dinner and is just "laying with my eyes closed". At least he didn't give me the old "checking his lids for light leaks" line.

Bob and I want to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed Easter, and as always please keep us in your prayers.

All our love,
Bob and Mo


Blogger Patty Gianfelice said...

Dr. Bob and Mo,

Sorry to hear about the pneumonia, another hurdle to jump but I'm sure you have the strength and the will to jump it.

You remain in my prayers for a speedy recovery. Have a good day tomorrow, not the best place to spend Easter, but you guys are together and that's what matters. Hope your counts are up and your strength returns so you can get back to your laps.

Happy Easter!


April 15, 2006 8:47 PM  
Blogger Carolyn and Jim Stuart said...

Hi Bob and Mo:
So sorry to hear about the pneumonia. I was hoping you would be "feverless" (new medical term!) and feeling somewhat stonger. At least the appetite is still going strong.
I tried to blog earlier today and something weird happened as it would not accept my blogger id (I have been kicked out of better places!!).
Prayers for both of you...next Easter will be better for the two of you.
PS...wonder if HUP does an egg hunt!!!

April 15, 2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Humphries said...

Hi Bob and Mo.. Wanted you to know I was thinking of you both,and wish you a Happy Easter..I write to you with a traditional Easter greeting.. CHRIST IS RISEN... CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED... I will say special prayers for you both tomorrow at service..
Sleep tight...Bonnie

April 15, 2006 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mazzola's,

thinking of you both and wishing you a meaningful holiday. i guess it's times like this that make us pause and extract the things we normally take for granted. sheesh, i just want you to know that each bird i hear chirp tomorrow, i will appreciate the sound on your behalf. love and xo's kmm.

April 15, 2006 10:19 PM  
Anonymous jean rumsey said...

Dear Bob and Mo,

Easter greetings from the whole Rumsey clan. My mother is up for the weekend and as usual I am up on the computer and Mom always asks how Debbie is doing, now she has added you both into the query. She knows in a way what you are going throug and sends her love and prayers for a blessed Easter. Take care,

April 15, 2006 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mo and Bob,
Don't people write the sweetest things on the blog? Prayers and encouragement and recitations from the bible from our precious Bonnie and thoughts of you both fromKmm. Bob and Mo do you know how many people care and pray and think of you every day? Not to be corny but it helps to know there are lots of people sending you love all day long and you are never alone. Joe and i will be thinking of you tomorrow,. I wish i could have packed you up and taken you home with us, but the medicine you need is there. Stay strong with that positive attitude and everything will be ok. All of our prayers and positve vibes will do the rest. We love you. joe and deb

April 15, 2006 10:34 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Hi Mo and Bob,

Funny I noticed my mom just posted a comment too. It's past both our bed times, but wanted to see how your day turned out. Mom had given me the news about your CT scan. I'm sorry to hear you've had to start the anti-fungal meds but hopefully they'll be able to knock it out before it becomes anything terrible. Mo, glad you have some more company at your place. You really do have great nieces. Wish we were up there for Easter this year so I could give you a big hug. Hang in there Dr. Bob and you'll be sitting at the beach sipping a different kind of medicine soon! Love you guys!

April 15, 2006 10:43 PM  
Blogger Istari #6 said...

Sounds like, or is it reads like, that recent developments are what you expected. That's good, I guess. The spirit you and Mo are showing during this time is impressive. Reading these blogs, it looks like it is affecting all of us. Leave it to you both to be healing as you are also healed.

Tell Santa she over-reacts and under-estimates Cruises. It's never as bad as it looks.

We must make a pact to share some
"testa crapette" or agnello next Easter even if it means only you and I at the table.

Be well and we'll be thinking of you both.

April 15, 2006 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pneumonia - damn! Hope the meds do the job as they should.


April 16, 2006 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about the pneumonia.. hope the meds start kickin in soon to get rid of that! I guess this year, your colorful easter eggs will be in pill form! what a drag, but know your strong and will get through this also!! Hang in there Mazzola, you've got a great cheering squad rooting for you to be out of there soon!!take care.. mdf

April 16, 2006 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Bob & MO, we wish you a peaceful Easter, and continue to be blessed with the best there is for yoall and your family. We,as usual, had an Easter dinner at Carol's. You know all or most of us and we all only wish and pray the best for you and Mo. We still talk about the time we went to NEW YORK to see an opera, and after the performance, we had dinner at some little place within walking distance, and I remember how Bob took my arm so I would't trip or fall. That was the real Bob. Now its my turn to keep him from falling. Thank you dr. stay upbeat to the best of your ability. joe & stella

April 16, 2006 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Santac said...

Happy Easter to all. I remember that 'testa' it was amazing. About cruise ships, I can e-mail the pictures, six ships in one small port--unreal. It is probably less scary one ship at a time. Keeping good thoughts for you both.

April 16, 2006 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had the weekend duty, thought of you often. so did the nurses who still remember those famous sticky buns.
Choppered out a 40 year old lytic failure. next minute was rounding on a 98 year old who enjoyed the menu in the cmmc restaurant.
Sure are some bumpy roads here, wish we could take some of this for you.
Will look forward to those outside the window conferences.
Best to you and Mo.

April 16, 2006 8:24 PM  

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