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.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Day 38 Admission

Dearest friends and family,

I realize rereading last nights' post that I must have devestated you with the news. Please take heart and know that we remain hopeful. Bob had a good nights' rest w/o fevers and his white count is 2.2. We will find out later about the ANC(neutrophil count). Dr. Luger was in this morning and said Bob will stay in over the weekend while they watch his temps and WBCs, and with any luck they will cooperate and he will be able to come home sometime next week. Meanwhile, please blog with encouraging words. Bob REALLY enjoys hearing from you guys...don't feel that you can't remain lighthearted. We all know that laughter is the best medicine...Readers' Digest says so.

To Bill C. who called yesterday about the blood. We are not requesting that anyone give donor directed blood for Bob...it seems too involved...just that you donate if you're able. Also, we never realized that you were the Bill C. who blogged a week or so ago...thought you were one of Bobs' pts. Now we know who RLN is, but still are stumped by SS. Can you fill us in?

To Kris, Bob says thanks for all the FYI's you are checking into. We thought Salisbury steak originated in England...who knew? (He had it for lunch again yesterday, by the way)

To darling Kathi, thank you for your heartfelt blogs this morning. Maybe I'll get in to see you soon.

To my best buddies, thank you for being there for me last night. Love you guys.

To all our buddies, please keep praying and writing and calling. We are thanking God for all of you and remembering you in our prayers too.

All our love,
Bob and Mo


Anonymous jean rumsey said...

Hi guys,

What news. I am so sorry to hear this. I am going to the Padre Pio Mass tomorrow morning. Prayer's are going heaven sent for your miracle of remission.

Mo, take care and thank god for your rock.


May 05, 2006 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear buddy dr. bob,
Well i for one am not gonna let this news get me down. do these leukemia cells know who they are dealing with? you as strong as an ox. strong mind, body and soul. abd a strong best friend and soulmate to see you thru this. bob miracles do happen!!!!!neutrophils are around the corner. i know it. they are just wounded rite now from all the chemo. hopefully you can come home early next week andget stronger with mo's love and support.ONE DAY AT A TIME......with all our love and prayers...Deb and Joe

May 05, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger Eileen said...

Dear Mo and Dr. Bob,
Certainly not the news we wanted to read--but remain optimistic that Bob can and will beat this. As was the case with Debbie, it seemed so bleek and the odds were long, and than she was in remission. Praying you will follow in her footsteps--get home, lets you counts climb, and don't forget the double-secret fail-proof ingredient--drink as many cosmos with as many friends as you possibly can until you are better!
Continue to pray for both of you non stop. If attitude alone were enough to beat this, you would have it 'made in the shade.'
<3 Eileen

May 05, 2006 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Santa C said...

I dont know how you slept last night but going forward is important. Maybe it is home that turns things around. I am still hoping to get in this weekend. Did you know that Tolkein's son wrote about the writing of the Trilogy? I have something for you, just for fun. Love and prayers for you both.

May 05, 2006 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Mazzola, do you smell that? Thanks, Mo, for the beautiful story. You guys just try to rest your heads on God's shoulder and let God do His and Her thing, i.e. provide you with abundant strength and healing. God will see you through. As for me, I'm thanking God right now for the miracle of your healing.

Hey, Mo, if you're flying across the Atlantic and go into the ladies room, what are you?

The check-out guy at Costco felt the need to share that with me yesterday. Corny, but I did find myself chuckling after I got done groaning and rolling my eyes.

Blessings to you both. Love, Mussie

May 05, 2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys,
Bob and Mo, so sorry the news was not better, but we ain't done praying yet !
When Bob called last nite I truly think I was numb with his news. I believe he did most of the talking trying to keep our spiritis up. Quite a guy you are brother in law of mine !
So today we begin a heartfelt novena to my guy St. Anthony. He has never let me down. So Bob get ready for some good news in the near future.
Mo I am so happy you are blessed not only with a stong guy, but obviously some of the best friends in the world. To all of you thank you for taking care of my fantastic sister in law !
Will talk to you both later, keep smiling, keep going, and know you are loved.

May 05, 2006 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tada! We have the odd Mandi sighting... so it really isn't a sighting but.. I promise we will work on the picture thing....

You are both in my thoughts and prayers..

Ok so I know this is off the wall but I hope it makes ya'll smile :)


A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house." The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house"

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.

May 05, 2006 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi My dear Dr.Bob and my dear Reen..Joe read last nites blog to uw at work MSC this A.M. and of course we were not happy with the news ,but take heart ..I am still only in the middle of my nine day novena a Holly is just starting one so, there you are, also as I read to the side of me Jean is off to Padre Pio Mass , so we aren't finished with this prayer stuff yet...in fact the BIG GUNS
are going to have to come out ( first,I have to find some BIG A-- GUNS) well my strong as brick friends I am off to kneel in prayer(it was a short MSC day) so Peckers up and all that rot..talk to you soon love and stuff xxoo :)Bev

May 05, 2006 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Bob and Mo-

Talked to Deb this am before blogging so heard the update on your BMB from her - all I could think about as she was walking me through the results was perhaps it's just going to take a little longer for the not talking to me at all so, I guess
Ill just not be here when he gets home Ill wait until
530pm and I dont think hell come home at alll and
will take off and so will I I wont be home at all
ont be home at all

May 05, 2006 2:52 PM  
Blogger KMcLay said...

Dr. Bob and Mo-

Talked to Deb this am before blogging so heard the update on your BMB from her - all I could think about as she was walking me through the results was perhaps it's just going to take a little longer for the neutrophils to come along. Just like it took things a little longer for her.

Patience is a virtue, you know...

Hey, but wait a minute.

Did you know it really ISN'T a virtue???

Yesterday on Deb's blog, <3Eileen set me off on a hunt for the origins of the phrase "Patience is a virtue..." (interrupted by 2, count 'em, 2 trips to the DMV so I had lots of opportunity to be patient and reflect)and I found this in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:

The Seven Virtues. Faith, Hope, Charity, Justice, Fortitude, Prudence, and Temperance. The first three are called the supernatural, theological or Christian virtues; the remaining four are Plato's Cardinal or Natural virtues.

No patience there. Well, where did that saying come from then?

I found this in the Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman:

"Patience is a virtue... The proverb has been traced back to 'Piers Plowman' (1377) by William Langland and is similar to the Latin, Maxima enim..patientia virtus (Patience is the greatest virtue) and the French, Patience est une grant vertu. (Patience is a great value.) Some ten years after Langland, Chaucer wrote in 'The Canterbury Tales' (1386) that 'Patience is a high virtue.' Sometimes followed by the wry rejoinder 'but virtue can hurt you.' First cited in the United States in 1724 in the 'Works of Thomas Chalkley' (1766)..."

And then, there's my mantra - patience is a virtue which highly adorns women. (This is one of two things I remember from Job's Daughters.)

So today I am hoping that patience will highly adorn your neutrophils and that they will start perking up real soon. Keeping you in my prayers and as always, I continue to pray for the best possible outcomes in all things.

Glad you liked that little tidbit on Salisbury steak. Interesting, no? I thought it was an English thing too, something with Worcestershire sauce or something. Huh. Go figure. BTW - Have you watched the Young and the Restless yet? Ha-ha.


May 05, 2006 2:55 PM  
Blogger KMcLay said...

Oh wow - did you see that weird post? It combined part of my post with part of another one from where I don't know.

Funny thing, I did have a hard time previewing at first but also did the smart thing (for once) and copied it before hitting the old preview button. When the screen came up blank I just started over...

Sounds like someone is breaking up with somebody...oooh, a blog mystery!!!!

May 05, 2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Dear Dr. Bob and Mo,

Mom shared the news with me yesterday and we are saddened but at the same time encouraged by you both. As I'm sure you've discussed with the docs, there are other options out there, to include the clinical trials; but the best medicine of all is a positive attitude! You both are so strong and have carried each other through this with grace and gusto. This forward thinking will get you through this time too. As my mom suggested, perhaps the neutrophils are taking their time to come back but they will rally so you can hurry on out of HUP. In the mean time, know that there are success stories and miracles happen more often then we are aware. If there is anything I can do - if you want research or trial info, some success stories, whatever - please let me know. I am sure you're being bombarded with info right now so I don't want to add to that. Know we're thinking of you often and praying for you even more.

May 05, 2006 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Dr. Bob and Mo,

yesterday I had my first visit at the new HQ of TriValley to see your "acting" (Dr. C). They showed me your new offices, awaiting your occupancy. I cannot tell you how eagerly the staff is awaiting your return and how much love they radiate when they talk about you! Now I noticed that several folks are appealing to pious figures like Padre Pio and St. Anthony on your behalf..that is fine but I have one better for you: I am appealing to my patron saint, St. George, the Dragon Slayer! Now, that is the guy who really gets things done and will help you conquer your dragons (aka unwanted leucocytes) - I promise!
Hang in there Dr. Bob, the Dragon Slayer is on his way!

Love and respect,

George and Aniko

May 05, 2006 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mo and Bob,
Not the news we were all hoping for, of course...but always there is HOPE. As they say, (whoever they are), "it's not over, till the fat lady sings" (kris, a little help here with the origin of that phrase). This is just a little bump in the road until you decide which path to take from here.
Praying for your continued strength and courage in the face of this latest development. As we all know from traveling on Debbie's journey with her... the power of prayer is an amazing thing. Maybe we just haven't been loud enough yet!!
Love, Kim
By the way, I was thinking "what the heck??",( or something like that), when I read that crazy post...and I thought I had flight of ideas!!!

May 05, 2006 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there Bob!!!!
Maybe you need a new hat!

Best Wishes

Tad Nowinski

May 05, 2006 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dr. Mazzola and Mo, I do not know you Mo, but you sure sound like a great person, I can tell you are caring, warm, and strong by reading the blog and so is Dr. Mazzola. You make a great couple. I am a member of Love Links which is a Lutheran prayer group at my church and you are both on that prayer list and my sister in law has you on her Catholic prayer list in Arizona, so we have two denominations covered. I hope you get to go home soon Dr. Mazzola. My son, Rob has a book he thinks you would like to read. I was going to get a copy mailed to you at the hospital, but I better wait and mail it to TriValley or your home since you might come home soon. I don't know your address, but maybe TriValley could get it to you. Linda Vince

May 05, 2006 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, so the news isn't great, but I am not going to let it get me down. For all my wry comments at times, I still continue to be an optimidt. It is one of things that I cannot shake, and here is no different. Hope springs eternal. Sounds kind of cliche, but it is just the way to live. So, time to look ahead ahead. Oh, and there is plenty of anime and such on the way, so at least there is something to do if you run out of books.

Dad, I love you.
Mo, thank you for blessing my dad with your love.

Have faith. Have hope. And know that I am thinking about you both.

May 05, 2006 9:13 PM  
Blogger wanda cattalo said...

Bob, Joe and I believe in miracles, and we are praying for one for you. Keep being strong and hopeful, it helps! Know we are thinking of you. We just recounted the tale of the hot pickles in the ICU. Never will forget that one. Love, Wanda and Joe

May 05, 2006 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mo & Bob, Just thought I'd say hi. Been busy & haven't kept up these pst few days with progress. Just wanted to tell you that Joanne is now licensed & reporting for duty 5/23/06. We frevently hope that you are not in residence by then, recuping & reading for the Tuesday breakfast club. Mo, you must make one Tuesday as I have bitten the bullet & bought a bike to get to outdoor tennis both Tues & Wed. This ought to be good for a chuckle. The required helmet does nothing for the hair, major hat hair. Ah well, nobody cares. Big news is that my son, Mike, was married last Monday by the esteeed mayor of Lansdale, Mike DiNunzio. It was brief but the major ceremony will occur in July with all the trappings of an Orthodox wedding. Miss you O& hope we'll see you soon. Prayers are with you. Cathie N

May 05, 2006 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob and Mo,

Yes I was the masked man of a few weeks ago. Ah, so the RLN was easy. That's because not too many men have the middle name of Leverne. So, SS has you stumped! Try thinking of that ole VP of Nursing at NPH! I know she's been checking in recently. Bob, you've certainly had your ups and downs. Sounds like we all ready for you to pick us up once again.

Hang in there. Turn into the wind and jib ho. Hope to talk to you soon.

Bill C.

May 05, 2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger mo said...

Dang, I should have known that...saw SS myself not too long ago. See, I was thinking male and physician, when I should've been thinking female and nurse. Hello Sue...if you check back here, which I'm not sure. I know YOU are praying for Bob and I, Thank you.

Bill, thanks for writing back and solving the mystery, and of course your offer to donate for Bob. Now, is RLN checking this blog???? Let's hear it, R-----d!!!!

May 05, 2006 11:27 PM  

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