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.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Day 33 Admission------Day 13 HiDAC

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update(I swear!!!) on Bob. He continues w/ fevers...today it's up to 102...so he's feeling pretty punky. When I talked to him at 3p, he was going to try to nap. His hgb is stable at 8.4, his platelets are all the way up to 45,000(both nurses commented on the last platelet pack being the largest they had ever seen, and I guess they were right) and of course WBCs and ANCs are nil. An ID dr. was in this morning and changed the antibiotics b/c one of the blood cultures was positive, but the bug hasn't been identified yet. Also the CT scan of his chest basically showed the same small collection of fluid that the CXR did. Bob remains asymptomatic from a respiratory standpoint. So, there are a few infections brewing, but nothing unexpected and the staff are right on top of it all.

As planned, I took today off, and want to thank Sam for stopping in to see Bob. He said it was good to have a little company, but the fever is wearing him out, so he didn't mind just resting up today. The bone marrow biopsy(BMB) is still planned for tomorrow, so I will try to be there for that, but no time has been scheduled. Please say an extra prayer tonight, and send all your good thoughts and vibes HUP-ward tomorrow, that the procedure goes well and we hear great results in a few days. Thank you for everything, especially all the blogs the past few days...Bobs' gonna be thrilled to read them all tomorrow.

All our love,
Bob and Mo

P.S. I forgot to tell you that I looked up the Red Cross, and they say to call 1-800-give-life to donate blood in someones' name. They also always need platelets, and Lord knows Bob and Deb have gone through their share of those also. To give plts. is basically the same procedure( just one stick), but it takes about 2 hours b/c they separate them as they are taking your blood out...it's called apheresis. There don't seem to be any blood drives at present in the Harleysville area, but I only tried my zip code, so there may be others around. Thanks, Mo


Blogger Patty Gianfelice said...

Dr. Bob and Mo,

Extra good thoughts, prayers and vibes for good results on the bone marrow biopsy.


April 30, 2006 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bob ,
so sorry about the fevers. they really knock you down and zap your energy. hope they can find the source. all our best and strongest vibes fir the bmb tomorrow, TAKE DRUGS!!!!!that's why God invented them for pete's sake. who is pete anyway? is that st. peter or peter piperor peter the great? i know my fellow blogger kris will know the answer or search it out immediately by the time it takes me to finish this. anyway lots and
lots and lots of the most fervent prayers for good results tomorrow. you and mo have sure held up your end of the bargain. stay strong. we love you! joe and deb

April 30, 2006 9:44 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Humphries said...

Hi Bob + Mo,
Extra,extra thoughts and prayers coming your way, and for your bone marrow proc. on Mon.
Mo, glad you got to enjoy some of the beautiful sun and cool breezes this weekend.
Sleep tight..
Love, Bonnie

April 30, 2006 9:44 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Dear Mo and Dr. Bob,

Sorry to hear about the fevers and infections, try to rest as much as you can. We're always thinking of you guys but we'll be thinking and praying extra hard tomorrow for a quick and easy BMB tomorrow and for better results later this week!

April 30, 2006 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about the fevers. Hope you're feeling better real soon. Extra prayers comin' your way tomorrow. Hope it's quick.

Love, Mussie

April 30, 2006 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr, Mazzola,,and Mo.. i will send strong prayers tonight to you tonight for a good bmb tomorrow.. also hope the fevers subside..
Glad Deb took her time blogging today..we've all rushed before..but i swear she said impotently yesterday.. decided to stay away from responding to that one..ha
And Kim,,im not sure libacious is a word ,,,i think i made it up..but i think you'll get the drift.. maybe play against that team a little earlier in the am..
Had a beautifull HOT , weekend.in the upper 80's to 90's GP got quite a bit of sun to take back(did you see that) to boston..he leaves on tues and it's always sad to see him leave.im not good with goodbyes..
Marks baseball team made the championship game again this weekend, but came in 2nd..and Patrick and his friend had a blast taking the ferry (from vallejo to sf) to watch it..unfortunately they missed the first one coming home.so i waited at the dock from 4 to 6:15..but it was so nice there i didn't mind it at all...
okay, so you're up to date hear also.. i do hope tomorrow goes smoothly and you'll get great results and finally be back home.. ttyl.. love, mdf

April 30, 2006 11:38 PM  
Blogger Ronda D (Hessler) said...

Dr Bob and Mo,

We are saying extra prays for you tonight and asking for those angels to stay by your side. My mom Nancy H is saying her prays to and want to know if you are up to eating chinese food? As you would say take two tylenol for your fever and call me in the morning. We will be waiting to hear how everything has gone. We have are fingers crossed and what every else we can cross lol. Ronda & Nancy.

May 01, 2006 2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Bob,
Will be thinking of you today and praying for good results (a quick and painless procedure wouldn't be bad either). Hope the new antibiotics knock out whatever crap you're brewing.
Mo- I'm hoping a day off from that commute will have you refreshed today.
Mom came over yesterday to plant some flowers in our front bed. She thought it needed to be spruced up for Dani's 1st Communion next weekend--pretty sure she knew Dan and I wouldn't get to that!! She mentioned that the Mercy nuns called Dad to inquire about you again, so I hope you can feel all the love!! Keep hanging in you two.

May 01, 2006 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bob and Mo,
Extra strong prayers now headed to HUP for great results. Taking mom to the doctor so I will have plenty of time to pray for you both.

May 01, 2006 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey mazz, having good thoughts for you harry

May 01, 2006 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Bob and Mo,we look for som good news on your health, but at this time we are content to hear you are keeping up you spirits as holding steady. I just spoke with Ann and Jim Folkes Ann is getting better but is very tired of the Bag. I t times like this that we know how good it is to have a caring mate. Pau Malack is still in the hospital going thru major tests Bob now we have threew dear friends to pray for. take care love JOE & STELLA K

May 01, 2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger KMcLay said...

Hi Dr. Bob and Mo -

Don't you just love the internet?

For the love of Pete! This phrase and phrases like "for Pete's sake" are euphemisms for the phrases "for the love of God/Christ" or "for God's/ Christ's sake" and hail from a time when those phases were considered blasphemous. Nowadays phrases like "for the love of god" are commonly used, but the euphemisms are still used.

Why Pete? Most likely it is a reference to the catholic Saint Peter.

Sorry to hear the fever's arrived but glad to hear that you are staring it right in the face and beating that ugly monkey down. Sending you all the bone marrow bx vibes I can muster.

Love you guys. Mean it.

May 01, 2006 3:28 PM  
Anonymous SantaC said...

Good Luck with the bone marrow and beating the fevers as well. Sounds like you are in the trenches now. The heavens will be rocking tonight with all these prayers, ours included. Take care and love to you both.

May 01, 2006 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr.Bob, I have been reading Mo's daily entries on your blog, she has been doing an incredible job keeping all of us informed.
A day has not gone by where you name is not mention,either by one of us or one of your patients.We all love you and miss you very much.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thank you for the lovely basket of chocolate goodies and flowers, needless to say the flowers stuck around alot longer then the snacks!!!When we are happy we reach for the chocolate-when we are stressed we eat chocolate - you know the cycle!!

May 04, 2006 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soooo very glad to see you on Saturday. Miss you calling my name at work. Need you back! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers every day as well as our prayer chain at church. If you or Mo need anything please call me. Mo even if ya just want to chat. Love ya both Kim B.

May 04, 2006 12:55 PM  
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