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.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Good Evening dear friends and family,

We are home, home, home!!!! I arrived at HUP at 11am. Bob had already had a platelet infusion even though he had them yesterday also. This is a precaution to keep his count up over the weekend. His hgb is 9.1 and has been 9 or over for a week now, so he didn't get any blood. His white count is still rather low at 3.3, and there wasn't a neutrophil count back by the time we left. So for the weekend he will lay low, and continue the neutropenic precautions. He was given one last IV antibiotic infusion and had his IV catheter dressing changed. We were given numerous instructions and prescriptions, than Bob washed up, changed into street clothes(that are all very baggy), and we were outta there. Everything went very smoothly w/o a single glitch.

We were on the road by 3p and got home around 4p. I unpacked while Bob savored a few moments out on our deck, enjoying the birds, green trees and flowers. Dynamo Debbie stopped over to drop off dinner....gemelli with tomato sauce and sausage(as requested by Bob when she asked what he would like for his homecoming meal during her visit yesterday), salad and Italian bread. We ate like we hadn't had a meal in years, and sopped up every bit of sauce with our bread. It was fabulous. Megan also stopped over after work and shared our feast. I had to run out to CVS to pick up some prescriptions, and when I got back Meg had done all the clean-up. I just want to take the opportunity now to thank Megan for being here for me. It was wonderful to know that she would be here when I got home...hated coming home to an empty house when Bob was at CMMC for a week or 2 at a time. Can't imagine these last 6 weeks without her. And it wasn't easy for her either. She goes to school in Bucks co. and works at Grandviews' day care, so she really ran all over creation every day(not to mention working out at the gym). She'd bring dinner home and help with the laundry and housework, and on weekends come down to visit Uncle Bob. She's a gem, my Meggie, and I will be forever grateful.

Well there's going to be a delay in this post b/c Penn home care just stopped by to drop off supplies, go over policies and get a gazillion forms filled out. But that's okay cuz.....BOB'S HOME!!!!! So I'm going to go spend some time with my guy before he poops out. He's watching his first television in over 6 weeks, relaxing in the recliner with a glass of iced tea. I'm simply overjoyed, I just can't tell you. I'll continue to post, but probably not every day. Going to take some time to just be and enjoy Bobs' company.

Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you to all. We are asking Gods' Blessings to be bestowed on each and every one of you tonight, and thanking him for your presence in our lives.

All our love,
Bob and Mo


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im so happy for the two of you!!Enjoy every moment together! will talk with you later.. good going Dr. Mazzola!!mdf

May 11, 2006 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Bob and Mo,
Soooooooooo glad you are home!!
That was the best post I've read in a long time....tears of joy are blurring my vision.
Now, snuggle and relax, it's perfect weather for it!
I made chicken and dumplings (the kids' fav) for dinner, but I would've rather eaten with you! Sounded wonderful...that Deb is really something else (she did have a BMB yesterday, right??).
Megan, you are the "bomb", as the kids would say. Thank you for being there!

All the best for a peaceful, relaxing homecoming weekend. Keep those counts UP!!
Love, Kim

May 11, 2006 9:02 PM  
Blogger Patty Gianfelice said...

Dr. Bob and Mo,

So very happy to hear that you are home and that discharge from HUP was uneventful. Enjoy a good nights rest in your own bed. There is sure something to be said for the old adage, HOME SWEET HOME

May 11, 2006 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. M. - I am so glad to hear your are home. Linda V.

May 11, 2006 9:15 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Humphries said...

So glad you are home with Mo, Bob..
Rest well tonite.. a quote from Henry Ward Beecher is so true:

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness,from common things....

Love to you both...Bonnie

May 11, 2006 9:47 PM  
Blogger Carolyn and Jim Stuart said...

Hi Bob and Mo:
So wonderful to hear that you are HOME! Bet that word never sounded so good!!! Mo, thanks for the updates that you wrote each day. Talk to you soon.

May 11, 2006 9:52 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Yay, Hooray for you! So glad to hear you're settling back in at home again! We're happy for you - have a wonderful weekend at home together! Give Meg a hug from me too, she sure does rock!
Love you guys!

May 11, 2006 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Bob and Mo,
glad to see the news about Bob's homecoming. See, I knew St. George could be counted on (along with St,. Anthony)! Please, continue to take it easy and relax to allow those neutrophils to stage a full comeback. And wear a surgical mask to minimize entry opportunities for immune-response provoking beasties (co-pay for this expert advice will be a modest $25).
Talk to you soon. Have a wonderful weekend.
George and Aniko

May 12, 2006 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob and Mo, All is right with the world just seeing you both sitting in "your " designated chairs in your own home. bob was smiling ear to ear and the sunlight shining in on him from the deck, all i can say is God is good and the power of love and prayer is what brings us all thru.i know this is a little spiritual coming from me but i believe in miracles and the power of prayer every day. its keeping bob and i going. enjoy the day and weekend. we love you guys!!!!!!!!!way to rock Meg.you are WONDERFUL~!!!!!!!! love deb

May 12, 2006 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

better than christmas are you. km

May 12, 2006 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wonderful!!! So glad you're home. Must feel great. That Meg does sound like a real gem. Bet the fact that you are a wonderful aunt and uncle have at least a little something to do with that. Well, hope you're enjoying the nice day today before the rain returns.

We're heading out to Indiana, Pa and Pittsburgh for Kate's graduation this weekend.

You guys enjoy each other's company. Thanks for keeping us posted, Mo. I'll keep checking in under the assumption that 'no news is good news'. And, of course, prayers will continue.

Love, Mussie

May 12, 2006 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Bob
What wonderful news! So happy you are
home and doing well. We will continue
to keep you in our prayers. Sounds
like you have a extraordinary support
system. Keep going forward.

Carlyn and Les Hallman

May 12, 2006 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooooray for home! And hooray for the nice weather today- enjoy the sunshine!! :) Keep the good news coming!
Sarah B and Fam

May 12, 2006 9:45 AM  
Blogger wanda cattalo said...

YEA!!!! So glad to hear that you are home. There is no other place quite like it. Take care, and take no chances! We are both hoping for a continued upward path for you.

Joe and Wanda

May 12, 2006 8:48 PM  
Anonymous jean rumsey said...

Dear Bob and Mo,

So glad to hear that you are home. Rest and take it all in. There is no place like home. You both take care and let the healing begin.

Love and prayers,

May 12, 2006 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mazzola's

thinking of you both and hoping that you are enjoying the drama of today's spring storm. a good storm always amps up the coziness factor doesn't it? love, km

May 13, 2006 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home!

May 13, 2006 5:01 PM  

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