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, June 11, 2006

No news yet

Hi everybody,

Needless to say Bob got no call on Friday, so he will start the phoning all over again tomorrow. He continues to feel well, and though he had a bad day yesterday w/ his knee problem, it hasn't gone out on him today at all. So, one day at a time. He's still eating well, and in keeping with the true spirit of our blog I will tell you about the wonderful Hungarian dinner that Bobs' friend and pt. Aniko made for us. She dropped it off Fri am...sorry I missed you Aniko, Anyway she brought us chicken paprikash, spaetzle, cucumber salad and a rum dessert I do not know the name of....all homemade, and all enjoyed by us on Friday evening. Actually we still have a container of chicken frozen, and a 2nd dessert also, and 2 bottles of wine and real Hungarian paprika that Aniko just received. So Aniko thank you, thank you, thank you. Everything was delicious....you really outdid yourself, and we truly appreciate all your hard work.

It's been a hectic weekend for me. My parents are staying at my brothers' while he is traveling to the Czech Republic, and my Dad took a tumble on Toms front concrete stoop Friday am. He really got banged up, poor guy, and looks like he went the distance w/ Mike Tyson. I'm sure he's going to be the talk of their apartment building(they just moved on 6/2, and barely know anyone there yet) when they get home. So they've been w/ us since Friday, and my mother and I have also gone out shopping for linens and some new kitchen doodads, even though she says it's ridiculous to buy all this new stuff for her and my Dad at their ages(Mom-82, Dad-88). I should be so good when I'm 82...criminy!, I should be so good now. Between my shoulder, Bobs knee and neck, my Mothers' knees and my Fathers' feeling sore everywhere, our house looked like a pain clinic this morning. I want some warm weather!!!!

My niece Kate was over also on Friday and I wanted to thank her for helping Uncle Bob with the phone....she did some reaching and plugging for us under our bed that we haven't been able to get to. Also wanted to thank you bloggers that keep us smiling with your wit and levity....MDF, Eileen, KrisM, DebT, KM, Kim...whether intentional or not, you guys crack me up and it seems like it's always right at the exact moment that I need it. Kath, do you really not remember how to get to our house?? We're right down the street. Oh and I have to confess to Jax and Connie that I shamelessly stole the Lucy/Ricky thing from that paragon of wit, Kathi Moore. BTW, we don't have HBO anymore so I don't watch the Sopranos, and even when I did watch it, I only peeked thru my fingers. I don't do well with violence(gratuitous or otherwise).And Mary Day, PUHLEEZ, don't worry about using the blog for communicating with other bloggers....reach out and touch/blog whoever you like....that's what I always loved so much about Debs' blog, and I know she enjoyed it too. Actually, I think we need to have some serious cosmo party talk again. And MDF, you're out of school, so you HAVE to come!!! Also wanted to say to our fluffy buddy from MSC, hope you're feeling better, they've got a handle on your problem and you are already or will be soon out of GVH. Also, it was great talking to you today Charmaine...you look wonderful, and I'm so glad you're really liking ICON.

Once again, our thanks to everyone for your continued support. I'll try to be better about writing. It's funny how you start to slip back into your old patterns of daily living...only natural I guess. That is what we're striving for after all. And sometimes I feel like I'm writing the same-o, same-o each time, and who really wants to hear that. But I do love hearing from you all, so I will try to post more frequently. Please keep the prayers and good vibes going, especially for our dearest friend Deb T. who just heard on Friday that her chromosomes have reverted back to an abnormal pattern, and she is now facing a bone marrow transplant or mini-stem-cell tx from a donor...a much riskier procedure than the autologous sct(her own stem cells) she was hoping and shooting for. All our prayers and love are with you and Joe, Deb. And I will close right there, wishing everyone a good week ahead.

All our love,
Bob and Mo

PS, A great big dating game kiss to the newlyweds Sarah and Kenny. And mucho congratulations to Mom and Dad, Lorraine and Bob. So sorry that we couldn't celebrate with you all on the big day. Guess we won't be hearing from you guys for a while as your blogger is on her honeymoon. Hope everything came off smoothly yesterday. Let us know. Wanna hear all about it.

10 Comments:

Blogger Bonnie Humphries said...

Hi Mo and Bob..
Hope this weekend has been a good one for you both, and that you got to enjoy the beautiful weather. It's always great to hear your updates and you know our hearts prayers and thoughts are with you both each day. Thanks Mo for the phone call to me while I was in GVH- it uplifted my spirits hearing your voice + well wishes. It's ok to use my name(I guess my blog will give my identity away!!).
It is scary to throw these blood clots- my vision is still fuzzy and feels like I'm looking through bifocals-it affects my sense of balance. They sent me home on injectable Lovenox BID, along with coumadin and aspirin-my stomach looks like I had a run in with a prize fighter!! The TEE showed I have a cong. defect with the PFO(patent foramen ovale) and it is one of the sites the clots are throwing off from- unfortunately it is not in a good location for them to plug the site and they didn't feel the site was big enough to hold a plug.SOOO- They are putting me on big time anticoagulants,and added Zetia to the Altocor I already take for my chol+trig. Talk about needing to keep the faith-as we all already know each day is a gift- we must all place our concerns each day at His feet...He is faithful... David is looking after me with much TLC-I will keep you posted of my progress.. Have a good week my friends..
Love, Bonnie

June 11, 2006 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo, i really think your parents and english teachers did a nice job with you, your blogs are really well written.... lengthy, but informative.. be feeling alittle lucky that im not near by to bring you a great dinner.. it most likely would be a frozen lasagna from Costco! All that hungarian food sounds interesting, although i must admit, im not too adventurous when it comes to ordering food i can't pronounce..
hope bonnie feels better soon, will include her in my prayers, along with all of you guys.. i also hope your dad feels better soon... i think i met him once about 30 years ago!!
Keeping my fingers crossed for some good news for you guys tomorrow..hope the neck and knee can get some help also.. ttyl..mdf

June 11, 2006 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo, i really think your parents and english teachers did a nice job with you, your blogs are really well written.... lengthy, but informative.. be feeling alittle lucky that im not near by to bring you a great dinner.. it most likely would be a frozen lasagna from Costco! All that hungarian food sounds interesting, although i must admit, im not too adventurous when it comes to ordering food i can't pronounce..
hope bonnie feels better soon, will include her in my prayers, along with all of you guys.. i also hope your dad feels better soon... i think i met him once about 30 years ago!!
Keeping my fingers crossed for some good news for you guys tomorrow..hope the neck and knee can get some help also.. ttyl..mdf

June 11, 2006 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeez, i didn't know i was putting good intentions in for bonnie humphries! hang in there bonnie. mo, i know why i have travel anxiety. i leave kulpsville for 53 hours and all this unfolds. tell your mom she needs new doo-dads b/c she deserves them and that's that. i am really disheartened to hear about deb's chromosome reversal..i am baffled, i thought chromosomes were the foundation of who we were, no idea they could change. i am hoping that means they could swing around again and head in the more favorable direction. boy oh boy. i have some really cute paper lanterns that have lights in them equal to the wattage of a lightening bug...when the evenings warm up a bit, we will have some cosmos outside and we can all bay at the moon. xoxoxoxoxkm

June 11, 2006 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looking at the moon as we speak and it is magnificent [note to mo..feivel movie] forgot in my last blog to send a smooch to our rock dr. bob. xoxox

June 11, 2006 11:41 PM  
Blogger The Kimballs said...

Hi Bob and Maureen! So glad to hear from you. All is well here. As you know we had Em's sweet 16 last week and it was SO COOL to see your parents. I was bummed about your dad's stumble. I must give a call up there and see how he is. They are just the cutest and you know they're my favorites!!! Great seeing Anna and Kate as well. Thanks so much for Em's gift! It arrived on her actual b-day. You guys are too much!!! Had a busy week last week. Em had finals, her first break-up (oy, it's harder on the mother I'll tell you that!), and getting ready for Germany. She came through everything swimmingly. She is in Germany now and is having a grand time. Heard from her (which is a big thing in and of itself!) and she sounds great. Sure hope her luggage was delivered to her! Sarah is missing her big sis though. Today was our last day of school so now let the games begin. I have two more tests to take, student teach in the fall and then on to bigger and better things. But this summer I plan on relaxing and studing. Thought I'd head up for a visit if the Mr. is up for it? I'll call you. Sounds like things are positive and getting back to normal:) I love reading your blogs. Your writing style is so enjoyable. That's all for now. My Mr. is in from work and is ready for his dinner. Wonder what we're having:) Talk to you soon. Take care Dr. Bob. Regards and love, Nancy

June 12, 2006 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mo and Robert, just a quick note as i just talked with mo for 30 min. on the phone. (do i ever run out of words?) Your house did sound a bit pitifil with bob's neck and knee. your shoulder , poor joe with his face and ribs and your mom.YIKES!!! you all looked good though and the silent prayer service inspired me to come home and nap. i prayed for all of us and our sweet boonie till i fell fast asleep.joe made a great dinner of eggplant parm and i made sauce and meatballs. followed by poundcake with icing. may day and eileenC. eat your hearts out. anyway hugs and kissesto bob and mo and yes fellow bloggers we really do need that cosmo party. need a firm date from dr. porterand maybe we can do that. it would be so good to see everyone and for all the bloggers to meet. gotta get to bed. have an early appt. at penn to get some blood. sleep tight oyu guys. love deb

June 12, 2006 9:46 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Hi Mo and Bob,

Sorry to hear everyone's aching a bit - hopefully the warm sun will help you all heal! Mom told me about Joe's nasty fall, thank goodness he's alright!

Looks like the rest of this week will feel more like summer. Get some deck time in early and take it easy!

Glad to hear you're home and on the mend, Bonnie H.

Love, Jessie

June 12, 2006 10:54 PM  
Blogger Eileen said...

Hi Mo and Dr. Bob--
Glad to read that things are rather dull and routine at your house--that is a good sign. Sorry to read about your dad's fall and all the chronic aches and pains--that is not so good! God bless your parents--both in their 80's and still going strong. We should all be so lucky!
Also glad to read about the Hungarian menu--I've been really wondering about what you and Bob have been eating lately. Just in case anyone's interested, I've gone on a cooking strike. I just don't feel like cooking any more, and that is a problem because there are still 6 mouths in my house that still feel like eating. If only I could have Oprah's chef come live with me indefinately...
Enjoy the nice weather and have a cocktail (your choice) for me!
<3 Eileen
Bonnie--never met you, but sure I would like you--any friend of Deb's and Mo's is a friend of mine. Stop throwing off clots--sounds like nasty business!

June 13, 2006 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between you and Deb.. any news yet? make sure you ask them why it takes so long when they let you know what is going on..
funny weather here. sort of cool and overcast.. but will be back in the 90's by sat.. enjoying not working.. getting alot of much needed stuff done here.. cleaning out, yard work, more bisselling (don't ask).. then just when you feel like "kickin back" the teenagers show up!!i must admit though that i do like them.. funny bunch of kids... well., need to run out and get a fathers day gift with the boys... hope you get good news today..ttyl..mdf

June 13, 2006 4:25 PM  

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