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.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Cleaning Day

Good morning everyone,

Well, we're here in the family lounge on Rhoads 7. Bob just finished up a bag of platelets and now he is getting some IV Magnesium(Mg). The chemo as you may remember knocks the platelets down and the anti-rejection drugs lower the electrolytes, like potassium, mg. and sodium, so they are monitored very closely. Bob has been here since 10am and we'll prolly be here til sometime after 2p. I brought down a suitcase full of linen and clothes, all of which were washed in hot water, dried on high heat and immediately packed into hefty ziploc bags. Before the bags can go into the room they have to be wiped down w/ bleach wipes. I'm not certain if the food restrictions will start now or if that can wait until after the sct on Friday....we're going to ask. But I did find out that Bob is allowed cards....he'll just have to wear gloves when he reads them. So his address is:

Rhoads 7 Room 7008

Hospital of the University of Pa.

3400 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19104

Well, Bob was looking a little bored and I saw a dvd of Happy Feet, unfortunately the dvd wasn't in the case. But I did find a tin of wooden puzzles....the kind w/ wooden pegs that you find in diners....we always used to do them at the Airport Diner in Ocean City, where we always stopped for lunch on the first day of vacation, b/c the house wasn't ever ready til 2p. Anyway, I digress. Well in the short time it took me to write that Bob has abandoned the puzzles. Guess I'll try after I'm done here.

The second chemo drug has started and Bob is still feeling okay. I don't know what his counts were today, except that the platelets were less than 20,000.

He's just had his vitals done and they're good...no fever. He's getting a little sleepy from the benadryl and is probably going to nap until lunch. At least he's in a recliner.

Sooooo, so far, so good. Please keep sending those prayers and good thoughts our way so that continues.

Bob says hello and thank you for all the prayers. Talk to you soon.

All our love,

Bob and Mo


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Dr. Bob,
So far so good! I'm sorry isolation starts today but at least it will be a little more quiet especially since you are at the end of the hall. Except for 3am blood draws and 4am vital signs maybe you will sleep? Want me to send down my homeless friend to keep you company? Anyway glad your feeling ok so far. Let's pray it continues. Talk to you tomorrow. love Deb

May 21, 2007 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MO, did you change the size of the font, or are my eyes starting to have more problems? So glad to hear that dr. mazzola is tolerating the chemo so far..i wasn't clear on the wooden peg puzzles. i think we did other forms of entertainment out her in california... Saw some of Happy Feet with our kindergarden class.. cute movie..do you watch the sopranos? (talk about jumping from one end of the dvd spectrum to the other!) anyways.. it was good last night.. only 2 more episodes..
I will continue my prayers for smooth sailing for you.. mo,, try to get rest when you can also.. love,, mdf

May 21, 2007 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Dr. Bob and Mo,
happy for both of you that the "process" has finally begun - let's hope that the crafty graft will attack only the leukemia cells. Aniko is ready to prep a great homecoming dinner for you the first chance you will be allowed or whenever you give the signal. A select Amarone is also set aside for your enjoyment. In the meanwhile, you can torment your doctors with "science" questions (e.g. do they treat the graft cells with any preservatives or antibiotics before infusion and if so, what concentrations these agents might be used?) and watch their eyes roll.
Hang in there - our prayers are with you. Love,
George and Aniko

May 22, 2007 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Bob and Mo,
It is a beautiful morning and my thoughts are with you both, ergo I will have beautiful thoughts for you both and Bob's full recovery.
Bill and I enjoyed our visit Sunday with Bob, I do believe we covered most topics up for discussion. I really enjoyed watching Bill and Bob sit on the bed playing with Bob's computer. I could just imagine them both as little boys....the "Doc" and the "Judge". I think we are two lucky girls Mo....emphasis on the word girls.
Bill has an appt. tomorrow with his cardiologist, will give you an update after we return home.
In the meatime, good vibes, many prayers and lots lof love for you both.

May 22, 2007 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey mazzola's,

thinking of you both today and hoping for good things. just say 'no' to any of Deb's special visitors, although our girl has clandestine meetings with the prez, it ultimately means that she ends up with more responsibility! xoxoxo

May 22, 2007 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for the good news! We're all praying for you Dr. Bob! Have you seen 'Cars' yet? Also a cute movie =)
All our love,
Sarah and the Booth family

May 23, 2007 5:14 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Hey Team Mazzola-

Well, it sounds like you are really in the swing of things now!

Hearing about the precautions again sure gave me deja vu all over again. Speaking of Debbie Deja Vu - I'd sure like to more about your homeless friend, Chiz. You been holding out on me?

Keep up the good work, Dr. Bob. I will be thinking of you all day tomorrow...sending you the stem cell vibe-a-rama.

All my best - K

May 23, 2007 2:37 PM  

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