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, June 04, 2007

Day Plus 10

Hi everybody,

Hope you all had a good Sunday and managed to stay dry. I didn't come down to HUP yesterday....my brother Tom, sil Anna and niece Kate came and kept Bob company in the afternoon. I also prevailed upon them to transport linen, clothes and a cooler of pudding and yogurt. So I thank them for all their help w/ that, and of course for visiting Bob.

Bob is doing very well. He is the talk of Rhoads 7......whenever I'm out in the hall someone on the staff always makes a comment about how they heard how great he's doing. I did get a little nervous yesterday am, b/c Bob told me he had a fever Saturday night [only to 100.3] and they did a chest x-ray, cultures and changed his antibiotics(ABX). Fortunately that was the last fever, and today his wbc is up to 2.0. Although that is prolly from the neupogen,and will fall again after Bob gets his next dose of methotrexate[chemo drug to suppress his innate immune system], it's still a good sign that the marrow is producing white cells. In fact Dr. Pearl is off rotation now, and told Bob yesterday that when he's back in 2 weeks, he expects Bob will be home already. So, from his lips to Gods ear, as they say. Plus I'm a "don't count your chickens before they're hatched" kinda girl, and won't mind if Bob is here longer, as long as there are no serious setbacks. So I'd prefer to take one day at a time [Lookout,here come the platitudes again].

Right now Bob's doing sudoku and waiting for lunch. His mouth is a little sore, but he's still able to eat his HUP meals, and as I mentioned he's supplementing those w/ pudding, yogurt and cheese sticks. The nutritionist was in a little while ago and though Bobs lost 4 lbs. since hes been in, his lab values are all good(protein etc), so she's happy w/ his status, and actually said the avg. wt. loss is 10 lbs.

Also in this morning were our gal Deb T. and her hubby Joe. Deb has started her outpt. chemo here at HUP, and looks much better than 2 weeks ago. She's fatigued, and her injection sites are painful, but other than that (and that's enough)is tolerating it well so far. Hang in there, Deb. We're all pulling for you, and thanks you two for making the walk over to see Bob.

Okay, I think you're up to speed. Thanks to all for the cards, blogs, e-mails, and most especially the good vibes and prayers. You are definitely helping to make this much less of an ordeal, and we thank you.

All our love,
Bob and Mo

P.S. to MDF, Bob and I both love your "newsy" blogs......besides loving the updates on your lives, we always get a laugh, and since you write like you talk, I feel like you're here in the room. Keep 'em coming!

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI EVERYBODY,

WE'VE HAD A FEW E-MAILS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE HAVING TROUBLE BLOGGING. THE EASIEST WAY IS...WRITE YOUR MESSAGE IN THE BOX, BEING SURE TO SIGN IT, HIT THE ANONYMOUS BUTTON AND THAN THE PUBLISH BUTTON. YOU DO NOT NEED A PASSWORD OR A GOOGLE ACCOUNT OR BLOGGER ACCOUNT. IF YOU'D PREFER NOT TO SIGN YOUR FULL NAME, THAN AT LEAST LEAVE YOUR INITIALS, OR SOME HINTS AS TO YOUR IDENTITY. BUT AGAIN, YOU DON'T NEED ANY TYPE OF SPECIAL ACCOUNT OR PASSWORD, AND THERE'S NO CHARGE EITHER. OK, HOPE THAT MAKES IT A LITTLE LESS DAUNTING.....I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I TRIED TO WRITE TO OUR FRIEND DEB ON HER BLOG.....I THINK I ACTUALLY SET UP ABOUT 3 BLOGGER ACCOUNTS AND DIFFERENT PASSWORDS TIL I FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT. IT GETS EASIER WHEN YOU DO IT MORE OFTEN. SO,GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY AND GOOD LUCK.
LOVE, MO

June 04, 2007 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy mother of encouraging news! home on the horizon, can't beat it. we will all keep our fingers crossed. keep soduku-ing and eat-ing it seems to be key to your progress. i don't have anything to report here at this end other than i think i have discovered another source of my r arm problem that we have talked about - i think i have computer arm! the mid ulna area [i hope to st. christopher that's the right bone] is always pressed against the edge of the computer table when i type or click.....what do you two think about that? xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

June 04, 2007 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mo, i was going to be first and you butted in line. sheesh.

June 04, 2007 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, 'your man' is more than just the talk of Rhoads... so happy that he is feeling as well as he is.. hoping and praying that it continues.. and i also seem to be getting updates on deb also, either through you or she herself...
3 more days of school..patrick cleaned his desk off yesterday due to boredom.. i had no idea it was such a large desk! there is one empty glass that has been perched on the window sill .. seeing how long it stays there.. almost a science experiment now.. so far i think it's been about 1 1/2 months...
mark and tim and 2 friends went to the A's vs REd sox game last night..i stayed home and watched woman's softball, got a little nervous about that.. not only am i watching it by myself. but my hair style is similar to some of the refs.....watch out wnba!
Still sending good vibes to you all.. mdf

June 05, 2007 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning,
So how are our super guy and gal doing today? Good talking to Bob yesterday, he sounds stupendous ! Ten minutes on the bike is certainly ten minutes longer than I could do at this point with my somewhat broken little toe. Wow , how can something so little hurt so bad.
Did you guys read in the Inquirer today that the Sudoku championships are coming to Philly in June. I figure you both would be shoe ins to win the 10,000 dollars. Mo, I have seen the puzzles you have completed and you are my hero !
Stuck in all day waiting for Comcast to come and do some weird and wonderful things for Bill. So I have plenty of time to send love, prayers and good vibes to you. Talk to you soon,
Love,
Anne

June 05, 2007 10:03 AM  
Anonymous jean said...

Good morning to the both of you. Hope all stays as well as it seems to be going. I have actually had a chance to read the blog at a time my mind is still functioning and comprehending. We have been crazy here for the past 2 months. Working from 5:30am till 1 am. Not fun. This week I am actually going to work a normal work week. Was able to get got out of here last evening in time to do a bit of weeding and planting. Now if I can get the stamina up to mow my neighbors would be pleased. I had the weekend to myself. What a pleasure. Cleaned out my mothers storage room and went to an Eagle Scout ceremony for a friends son. So nice to do normal weekend stuff. Bob,I might not get to read the blog or send a note very often, but I keep you and Mo in my prayers constantly everyday. Take care.
Love, jean

June 05, 2007 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guys. gotta tell you a little story about something that happened at your hoagie joint. it happened on a hot and balmy thursday afternoon, it was moments before the lunch crowd descended upon us. the most self important 'stuffed shirt' walked in the door. he was accompanied by a likable young guy and a benign tall thin guy. three in all. after much ado about splitting fries, what was the difference between a large and a small, do chip come with that and do you take credit cards, they sat down and were served their lunch. now mind you the building is old and although both air conditioners were cranking it out, every time the door opens [every 2-4 minutes at lunch] the outside temp impinges on the cool air inside. so back to mr. self important in a long sleeved dress shirt. he comes up to the counter and wants to turn the ceiling fan on b/c it's 'stuffy'. i inform him that the fan is not working and he then thinks he can remedy the situation by glaring at me. i am on the verge of telling him that the next time his mommy lays his clothes out for him that she should check with wally kinan the weatherman and not wear a bleep bleep long sleeved shirt. i also wanted to tell him that he should arrange to have meetings at the best western since he is so bleep bleep important. so, i bit my tongue and went back to flipping burgers. not 10 minutes later, mr persnickety is back at the counter, pushing his way through the now arrived, full tilt lunch crowd. none of whom was wearing a long sleeved shirt. important man wants to know if there is a 'dunkin donuts' in town b/c he wants to continue his meeting in air conditioned comfort. diane directed him to the coffeehead and off they went, toddling across the highway, leaving their cars in my lot! we did all get a snort at their expense. the customers who were at the counter saw the unravelling and couldn't wait for them to leave to begin the verbal abuse! so, time passes, we forget and then it happened. i see them walking down the newly poured stairs in front of the bank. meeting over, sleeves still crisp. by this time there is nothing remotely crisp on me except my need for the last word to this overly self important bag of dunkin donut wind. what happened next was a combination of horror and complete satisfaction on my part. i timed it perfectly and as important man and his buddies were walking along the side of the building, i inadvertently, accidentally on purpose turned the big hose on and sprayed them as they walked beneath the kitchen window. cooled them off. the good news is that seldom do we have customers who require cooling off. thinking about you all and hope you had a good day and took a few baby steps towards home. xoxoxo

June 05, 2007 9:28 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Hey Team Dr. Bob-

I've been traveling but have been hearing good reports about you, Dr. Bob. (thanks to chizzie)I'm kinda like Mo - don't want to say TOO much to jinx ya...so I will leave it at that.

Glad to hear that the sudoku therapy is helping you through the long days and nights...

Guess what? We FINALLY sold our house. I hope. The inspection was yesterday so we're just waiting the results from that...pray that our septic passes!

You know what it finally took to get sold? St. Joseph.

Yep, I buried a St. Joseph statue in our front yard on Thursday and said a little "bring me an offer, please" prayer. On Monday we had an offer.

Unfortunately, I neglected to ask the Good Lord to bring me a "good offer" and it quickly fell through. I went back out and issued a prayer for a good offer and within 10 days we had a good offer. So there you go.

I wonder, is there a saint for septic systems?

Mo, thinking of you and sending lots of love to you both.

K

June 06, 2007 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, i don't know who it is leaving the story about the stuffy man.. but i enjoyed the ending..not alot here yesterday , taking the "kids " in our class to the park today.. 2 more days.. hope you're still feeling okay.. mdf

June 06, 2007 9:22 AM  

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