Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016
Celebrating Christmas at Grandmor & Grandpa Bob's

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Day 1 May 3, 2017

Getting ready to go another round

Terri, my companion on this journey
Just wanted to let you know where things stand as far as my treatments go. As you may recall, the doctor was happy enough with the results of the last infusion in March that he recommended a 2nd round to see if we could really get the multiple myeloma under control. I was supposed to reenter the hospital on April 25, but because I came down with an upper respiratory infection, it was delayed until yesterday, May 2. All went smoothly with the preliminary procedures and I began the 4-day (96 hour) infusion just a short time ago. As before, I will remain in the hospital after the infusion ends while my immune system rebuilds itself --approximately another 2 weeks or so.
I am lucky enough to have another corner room with a beautiful view of the surrounding neighborhood, although without the iconic landmarks of the last room. This time my room looks  to the east and south of the hospital, but my view of the lake is obstructed by a number of buildings. I can just see the horizon above the tops of the buildings. But there is more activity in this part of the neighborhood to keep me occupied, including the construction of a new high rise just down the street. And everything looks sparkling on a sunny morning--something we have not seen for awhile here in Chicago.
Thanks to those of you who sent ideas on how to pass the time. They all look quite interesting and I hope to explore them as the days go by if my stamina holds. And thanks to all of you for your encouragement--in thought, word, and deed; in prayers, good wishes, and encouraging words.  Though I have said it many times, I hope it does not get old. Your love and support has uplifted us and gotten us to this point. Terri and I could not have done it without you. I'll keep you posted as the treatment proceeds. Please keep us in your prayers for strength and patience and, in the end, for even  better results in fighting this disease.


  1. Love the HOPE sweatshirt you are wearing! How appropriate! We are thinking and praying for you and that this round goes well! ~Holly and family

  2. Thanks for the update, Bob. As always, you and Terri are in my thoughts and prayers. It's encouraging that the March infusion had such good results that your doctor is proceeding with the second round. Yes, let's get this disease under control! Summer is coming up soon, and you have places to go and things to do with family and friends.

  3. Praying everything goes well! Linda peterson