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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Day 43 ---------- D-Day + 1

Dearest friends and family,

A short post to let you know we remain on track for d/c tomorrow afternoon. Bob has remained afebrile, w/ a white count today of 3.3. Un-fortunately an ANC was not done...don't know why this isn't done daily as a matter of protocol, since everyone considers it so important. Anyhoo, Bob feels good, just weak. I took a page from JTs' book and turned into the lap nazi today....only got 2 out of him though. And damned if he didn't have salisbury steak for dinner again...the guy's a glutton for punishment. Deb and Joe stopped in after Debs' appt. at Penn and took home some linens and dvds. So the room is essentially cleaned out, as I took home anything Bob won't need tonight. They are going to keep Bob on one of his IV ABX for 4 more days, so he'll need to get that at 11am. We also need to go over the d/c instructions and hopefully will be on our way after that. Bob received platelets today and his hgb remains over 9.0, so I'm not sure if he'll need any blood products tomorrow or not.

Please keep praying that we remain on schedule. As I said yesterday, now that it's near we are both very anxious for him to come home, or "get the hell outta Dodge" as Deb is fond of saying. I'll write tomorrow to give you all, what I pray will be the good news. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, to EVERYONE for EVERYTHING. We love you all...couldn't have made it w/o you.

All our love,
Bob and Mo


Anonymous Anonymous said...

my goodness, you have all that you needed all along. bob gets a gold star for being an excellent, non complaining patient [for an m.d.] and mo, you have kept the homefires burning while navigating the schukyll, while keeping us in the loop and on and on. i am so glad you are coming home tomorrow. please continue keeping us up to date on our rock. kmm

May 10, 2006 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Mazzola and dear MO ... I have been reading these blogs daily as well as Debs and cant wait for the news that he finally gets to go home. I was at the new trivalley today and saw your card for all the patients-i had to pause before i went in because i got a little teary! hope everything goes all right tomorrow! love you both, brenda

May 10, 2006 8:59 PM  
Blogger Patty Gianfelice said...

Dr. Bob and Mo,

Glad to hear that discharge is on schedule for tomorrow. Your strength and courage along your journey has been inspirational. It's funny, I don't know you guys except for all the good things that Deb has to say about you and through this blog, but I feel that I have gotten to know how committed you are to one another. Love is a powerful drug. Have a wonderful homecoming tomorrow!!!


May 10, 2006 9:16 PM  
Blogger wanda cattalo said...

Put on those ruby red shoes and click your heels and get back to kansas! I will pray really hard tonight that all goes well and you will be headed WEST on the "surekill" in the morning. I truly hate hospitals. They can do a lot to really "screw things up". Take good care, and I'm hoping that you keep this blog going, because it is so wonderful to be able to keep up with what is happening to someone I care about. Hang tough, both of you.
Love, Wanda

May 10, 2006 9:46 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

As I write this, my ENTIRE family is fast asleep and has been for nearly an hour (it's 2145)! I've been running through the house trying to play catch up - and finish dinner we brought home from Chili's since Christian wouldn't let us sit long enough to actually eat. We had a nice day downtown with Aunt Kris, it was nearly 80 degrees here today. Walid skipped out of work early and we hit the playground after the kids' naps. It was a great day for us, and its better now knowing you'll be home again tomorrow. Aunt Reen, thanks for keeping us updated with your heartfelt accounts each evening. I could HEAR you telling us about Bob as I read them. When you have the time, please keep us updated. Well, Christian is screaming now. I knew that the family sleep was short-lived! Thinking of you guys always, but will be sending extra vibes your way for a smooth discharge tomorrow from HUP. Lots of love to you both!

May 10, 2006 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Mo and Bob,
Going to keep up the prayers until you're tucked away in your own abode.
An adventure it has been! You both did an amazing job while faced with a challenge you couldn't possibly prepare for.
Looking forward to your message tonight Mo...hopefully it will be about an uneventful trip home!!
Love, Kim
(Couldn't email you this am Mo...it must be on the blink, but I'll try later. XOXO)

May 11, 2006 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im keeping my fingers crossed that you have a smooth transition back to your house... you two are a strong couple!! Hope your feeling some more strenght today, dr. mazzloa.. i'll check tonight to see how everything went.. thinking about you guys..mdf

May 11, 2006 9:39 AM  
Blogger Eileen said...

Dear Dr. Bob and Mo,
Get the hell out of Dodge indeed! Hoping, wishing, praying for a smooth and uncomplicated discharge. You will both feel better at home. And it will be so much nicer to putter around you house and neighborhood, then do laps around the halls of HUP. Unfortunately for you (but thankfully for all the thirsty trees and flowers) it is suppose to rain for the next two days. But I sure a rainy day at home is always better than a sunny day in the hospital.
Prayers continue for your MIRACLE.
<3 Eileen

May 11, 2006 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mo and Bob, I'm so glad that you're going home! You both have had such a great attitude through this whole ordeal. Please know that I'll keep praying for both of you. Love

Mary Gerhart

May 11, 2006 10:00 AM  
Anonymous SantaC said...

The complexity of d/c rivals D-Day. Here's praying for good weather and a safe landing. Then its one step at a time and we hope to be up and bothering you more in person. Love you both.

May 11, 2006 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Moly, just talked to mo and you are almost out of dodge. THANK GOD!!!!!we are all so glad that you and mo will be home together. there is no place like home there is no place like home there is no place like home! cooking lidia's sausage and gemelli for your homecoming dinner. a nice strawberry shortcake for dessert and then a relaxing nite in your favorite chair. i can hardly contain my joy!11 love you lots and lots. see ya soon...dt

May 11, 2006 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bob and Mo,
I can only hope that as I write this you are driving our guy home Mo. All the bloggers have said it so well, you both are a testement to patience, resilence, and love. With all your wonderful attributes, all your wonderful friends, tons of prayers, and St. Anthony a miracle is in the works.
Tonite I hope the two of you can just look at each other, in your own home and just chill and relax. Mo, I would never presume to advise you about anything, but if I could make a small suggestion do not make Salisbury steak for dinner.
I know Bob will be quite exhausted after the ride home so I will cool my jets for a few hours and then try to reach you by phone.
All my love, and prayers,

May 11, 2006 2:38 PM  

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