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, July 07, 2006

Day 2 2nd HUP Stay

Dear friends and family,

Just wanted to let you all know Bob's doing fine. He's on the Nurse Practitioner (NP) service this time, which Dr. Stadtmauer oversees(some of you remember him from Debs' stays). Anyway Dr.S. and the NPs' were in today and decided that Bobs' Hickman cath should be removed after hearing about the bad episode he had last evening w/ the fever and rigors(uncontrollable shivers and chills). Even though there weren't any cultures back they didn't want to chance Bob getting a blood sepsis, and if the line didn't come out today, it would've had to wait til Monday, since it had to be removed down in IR(interventional radiology). So he went down and had it removed uneventfully, and has remained afebrile since than. His vitals are all stable, his appetite is, need I say, unaffected, and his counts are all okay. The platelets dropped to 27,00, but that's due to the infection. His wbs'c are 3.2 and ANC is 750, which is also probably up from the infection, though not even to a normal level yet. The plan right now is wait and see what the cultures show, monitor his temps and counts. If he remains afebrile, he may come home after the weekend. Theproblem is that he is most likely going to need IV antibiotics for some time, and he will have to have a line placed for that. Unfortunately they can not put in a central line if there's any possibility of blood infection, b/c that line will become infected also. So they may place a PICC line in his arm. He's had that before when recovering from his leg wound 2 yrs. ago, and he can get the ABX at home thru that. So we're playing the waiting game for the weekend.
In the meantime he has his cd's(Gilbert&Sullivan and Barber of Seville), dvd's(Victory at Sea....the whole series which I found at Wal-Mart for 5 dollars) and novel(that same series his nurse Ethan recommended the last stay) to occupy the evening hours which he seems to find is the longest part of the day. He's not doing the sudoku this time around, even though he still does them at home. There's a little less adjusting this time, since he knows the routine and what to expect, and also knows the staff. Even those who aren't his nurses this time have stopped in to say hello and congrats on the remission, and as usual they are all wonderful.

Well, that's all the news for now. As always,please keep us in your prayers, as well as our darling Debbie, who has made the very courageous decision to have a mini(ha!) stem-cell transplant and will be admitted on 7/19 to begin that risk-laden procedure. We are all recipients of our own mini-miracles and have seen what the power of prayer can do. Deb, I know you are going to sail through this b/c all the love and friendship you've given of so freely is going to come back and carry you through. I just feel it. I'll give you a call tomorrow to take you up on that cosmo offer.

Hope everyone has a good weekend. The weather's supposed to cooperate for a change. Enjoy it.

All our love,
Bob and Mo


Blogger Jessie said...

Bob and Mo,

I'm so sorry to hear that you're back at HUP battling an infection. I hope things stablize over the weekend so that you're able to get back home! Keep busy during those long evening hours and be sure to get plenty of rest. We're thinking and praying for you.

July 07, 2006 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mo and Bob, Thank goodness things sound better today. Does this mean Bob can stand in the shower and let water run over his head for 30 min. if he wants?Take advantage of that before the pic line gets placed.Sounds like you jumped in and are getting into a routine. Thr evenings are the worst but hopefully you will be home on the deck before too much boredom sets in. I really enjoyed having the nurse practioners on service. They spent more time with you and answered more questions. And i Love Dr. Staudtmauer.Hope to see you well againn soon my friend. Mo i will see you later for some "medicine". Just give us a time frame when you know your plans. We will be here cleaning. ( i am determined to get my closey in order before i go back in. See ya soon. love deb

July 08, 2006 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

deb's blog is such a visual...i have visions of bob singing in the shower [from the shoulders up of course] and a closet door ajar with debs derriere hanging out while pitching peau de soi high heels into a heap! i am thinking of you[obviously] and hope that all plans are for you to come home tomorrow. i was thinking of making some pineapple salsa...then i thought it may arouse that sleeping ulceration in your mouth, then i remembered you were eating hot peppers a week ago. i've never made it before and probably wouldn't eat it out of a jar but i am in possesion of the most delicious pineapples right now...i am gonna call bonnie and see if she has made it lately, maybe she has a recipe handy...you know how she loves to whip these things together! can i also take this opportunity to give a shout out to big joe and stella k.....xoxoxoxoxoxox to you both. hang in there mazzola's, we love you.

July 09, 2006 7:29 AM  
Anonymous jean rumsey said...

Mo and Dr. Mazzola,

Well I am just catching up on the blogs and it seems I need to say hurrah and sorry to hear you are in the hospital at the same time. Also glad to hear things are going a bit better than they were.

Spent last weekend till Wed. in Cape May. Had a great time. Mom will be there for the next month. I am heading to Germany on Tues. for work. We are having a global Medical Team Meeting in the German office. Only problem is that I discovered last week that there is no air conditioning. Me and Heat aghhhhhhh. As always you both are in my prayers. Take care and hope you are home soon.


July 09, 2006 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bonehead - Get better - XXXXOOO Bon.

July 09, 2006 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bonehead - Get better - XXXXOOO Bon.

July 09, 2006 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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July 09, 2006 5:47 PM  

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