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.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Day 42 Admission

Dear friends and family,

Today was an "up" day on the roller coaster ride of HUP. Bobs' hgb is 9.0, his platelets are 26,000, his white count is 3.9 and drumroll please......ANC is 746!!!! The CXR done yesterday is normal, and Bob only has slight chest discomfort if he takes a very, very deep breath. But the best news is that his antibiotics were finally switched to pill form. They were started this evening after a fax came with the sensitivity(I'm guessing it came from Timbuktu). The sensitivity drew a blank as far as actinomycoses(bug that was cultured from the gum wound), so the ID dr. simply put Bob on the oral equivalent of his IV antibiotic....something we both thought would be done from the start. So why the delay?? Your guess is as good as mine. But enough grousing. Bob was told he could come home tomorrow evening and he said no, he wanted to wait until Thursday am. That way his counts will be back and he can get "tanked up" with blood and platelets before he leaves. That also gives us some breathing room for the weekend as far as his counts go. I expect the visiting nurse from HUP will come on Monday and draw labs, but we'll go over all that tomorrow.

Bob had a good day...uneventful(which always makes for a good day). He had some unexpected company, which was nice since I had my "day off". I'll take the train down early tomorrow and will spend the day w/ Bob.
I had dinner tonight with Deb and Joe, and Debbie looks great. She will see her hem/onc MD tomorrow at Penn to schedule her next round of consolidation chemo. Thank you guys for a lovely evening. Yvonne and Lee, Bob was finishing up the last Sherlock Holmes story tonight....there were 3 or 4 stories on that dvd and he really enjoyed them. Tonight he requested that I bring "The Outlaw Josey Wales" for his viewing pleasure tomorrow night, so I picked that up at Blockbuster. Once again I have to thank Matt for the DVD player(and D&J for the use of yours before Matts' arrived) he sent his Dad...Bob has watched something every night for several weeks now, and says it helps so much to make the evening go by quicker. The nights I imagine are the hardest time to be in the hospital...those quiet hours when the activity dies down, but before sleep takes hold. Those are the hours Bob filled with CDs, books, and DVDs. So thanks to everyone who sent anything for Bobs' listening, reading or viewing pleasure. BKH, I forgot to tell you Bob said the cd was very soothing and liked to play it right before he fell asleep. Bill, I imagine Bob told you he has already started the first of the series you sent.

EVERYONE has been so wonderful. Tonight the request for continued prayers and positive thoughts comes from Bob. I just spoke with him and he wanted to thank everyone and asked that you pray for discharge on Thursday as scheduled. Bob is officially anxious to come home, and I am longing for the same. Thank you again for your unwavering support.

All our love,
Bob and Mo


Blogger Patty Gianfelice said...

Dr. Bob and Mo,

Good vibes for another uneventful day tomorrow so that Thursday can be a happy homecoming.


May 09, 2006 10:16 PM  
Blogger KMcLay said...

Prayers up from your nation's capital, Washington DC, Dr. Bob!

Love you guys-

May 09, 2006 10:41 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

YAY for you both! It sounds like Thursday's the day, and we're so glad!

May 09, 2006 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no place like home...there's no place like home. So glad to hear you're feeling better and discharge is just around the corner. Will continue praying for that.

Just got done working out. Whew! I really need to get in the shower soon. Did you do your laps today?

Well, rest up and here's to another uneventful day tomorrow and a very eventful Thursday.

With love, Mussie

May 10, 2006 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Bob,
Way to take the bull by the horns and let them know YOUR discharge plans. Now, I know you were feeling better and had a good day.
One more day. Praying that today is a "good one" and that you'll be packing up by this time tomorrow!!
Love, Kim

May 10, 2006 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, nothing like reading a blog jam packed with goodness! glad to hear our deb is feeling well too. so bob, i have a feeling that with all of your recent literary enrichment, now is your time to take on alex trebek! they are looking for contestants. xoxoxoxox

May 10, 2006 8:34 AM  
Anonymous jean rumsey said...

Dear Bob and Mo,

Prayers for a great day today and early release tomorrow. Take care.

Love and prayers,

May 10, 2006 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bob and Mo,
Twenty-four hours and counting. Yeah for the good guys. Bob you sounded great when we spoke last nite. I know Bill is really anxious to fianlly see you today. Have a great chat about food, opera, Lord of the Rings etc., but please do not feel the necessity to share your chopped steak with him.
Day five for St. Anthony....he's my man!

May 10, 2006 11:46 AM  
Anonymous SantaC said...

I heard a rumor that they send test that are digital for interpretation in India! That was work is done 24/7 and no one pays overtime hours in labs. Just a rumor. Let's hope and pray that everything remains on schedule. Love you both.

May 10, 2006 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I guess I am busted(ahem,watch it Mazzola) thanks to BC ;and I will attempt to make a comment. My computer skills have made quantum leaps since I left full time employment -and a secretary. Last summer I walked through the room where my computer lives and noticed a new little green light ,blinking -that had never been there before.
What fresh hell is this ,I asked as I approached!
Can you guess?
Lightening Bug!
So from bugs to blogs in less than a year!
Here goes-
Sorry to here of your troubles and your adventures down there in a real hospital. I have spent a lot of time in them and I have seen the strength of love and prayer,most of all the strength of the human spirit.All those people who didn't "read the textbook"
or test results. They just kept going and going and going. So take it one day at a time or one hour at a time. Whatever it takes to get through this. You are both in my thoughts and my prayers. Just had lunch with Mrs. Calisto and she sends her best also.
Think a month in Tuscany without any dietary restrictions!

May 10, 2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger Carolyn and Jim Stuart said...

Bob and Mo:
So glad to hear the wonderful news!! Do you think downtown Kulpsville will look different? Probably not as construction is moving at a snails pace!!

Prayers for a speedy discharge process and safe drive home!!

May 10, 2006 5:49 PM  

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