My dad just passed away. We sat with him and hugged him and everyone told him how much they love them. Pretty cool stuff, all the love he attracted. If you could share stories of how he touched you, saved you, made you laugh and smile and maybe even a little bit offended, my siblings and I would love to read them. Know that he loved every soul he came in contact with. Today more than any other day please go out of your way to make the people around you smile.
My dad is in ICU. He will not be moving anywhere. He is on high doses of morphine to let him pass at ease. Last night he was struggling to breathe and his heart rate wouldn’t go down. He is surrounded by people who love him, telling stories about how crazy awesome he is. Thank you all ❤️
As a family we have decided to get help from the palliative care team at AGH. We have switched my dad to comfort measures as he was super uncomfortable with the breathing machine. We just want him to be comfortable. There are no visiting restrictions anymore so if you would like to visit him contact me and I can send you the information. As of today he can recognize everyone and talk for small amounts of time. He will be moving to a different facility as soon as a bed is open for him.
Yesterday my dad was given immunotherapy. But then he got another fever, his heart rate went up and it was difficult for him to breathe. They are unsure of why this happened (could be multiple things together) but he is on a CPAP machine in ICU at AGH. If you are unfamiliar, this machine uses pressure to inflate his lungs to keep him breathing properly. We are hoping he will be able to get off of it, but no one really knows what is going on right now or why. Thank you for your support ❤️
If you are able and would like to make a donation to our family it can be made through the following link. Bob is still in ICU, he can wiggle both feet now but fevers just keep coming. He has had some optimistic moments of jokes and he can recognize everyone who comes to see him. We are hoping for his fevers to subside so that we can start immunotherapy.
My dad is in ICU again, unable to move his legs. He has had a lot of brain damage the past few days. Seizures and the infection. He is unable to use his phone, so if you would like to reach him you can do so through me. Things aren’t looking so good right now, so please keep sending your love.
My dad has been in ICU for the past 6 days. They were monitoring him for seizure activity. They found more blood clots in his legs so he’s on blood thinners now. Hopefully he will be out of the ICU today, meeting which a physical therapist to asses anything else he needs to work on. In a few days he will move into another hospital for rehab again. Thanks again!!! As always- I can be contacted if you have anymore questions at 724-766-3273
Surgery went well, he is awake! He did have an infection which they are treating with antibiotics for the next 6-8 weeks. He will be at AGH for at least 4 more days. He woke up telling his nurse her breath smelled bad and he was full of all the jokes I’m sure everyone has heard :) He’s in a lot of pain (intense headaches) so hopefully he gets a good night of sleep. Please do not try to call him at this time, he just needs rest! ❤️
On Monday 2/26 doctors informed us that he would have to have brain surgery because the radiation did not reduce the size of the tumors. In order to go on with immunotherapy he cannot be on steroids; right now he has to because of the size and swelling of the tumors. Next Friday 3/9 he is scheduled to have brain surgery to remove as much of the largest tumor in his motor strip as possible. There are high risks of this procedure.
If you click the link "ways to help" there is a donation webpage for my dad's medical expenses and support for our family.
December 27, 2017
Bob was driving home from work when he lost control of his car on 12/17/2017 His car was totaled. Luckily he was taken to Allegheny General Hospital. The paramedic had noticed Bobs left side was not working correctly. (Arm and leg) That is where they did an MRI and found he had a mass on his brain. Only to discover when they read the MRI more closely there were actually three tumors. These tumors are what caused him to lose control of his car by causing stroke like symptoms. There was a fourth on his lung. On January 31, 2017 they performed a biopsy of his left lung. Only to find it inconclusive. He developed a lung infection. He had to have surgery on his right leg for a broken leg. The neurosurgeon decided to do a biopsy of the tumors in his brain. That was the only way to determine what we were dealing with. The biopsy was successful. Although while waiting for the results Bobs oldest brother (Mike) passed away from cancer. A huge loss that took an emotional toll. The doctors were able to determine what kind of cancer we were dealing with. Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma Metastasis to brain. A team of doctors met and decided on a plan of action. That would include all over brain radiation, targeted radiation and immunotherapy. Bob was released from the hospital on Saturday to attend his brothers funeral. Mikes funeral was on January 13, 2018. Bob was admitted to West Penn in Bloomfield later that day for three weeks. He was there for physical therapy along with all over brain radiation. Bobs left side was functioning at about 60%. He was also not allowed to bear weight on his right leg due to the broken leg. He worked very hard to regain his strength. He worked up to about 90%strength in his left side. He was released on February 3, 2018. That was followed up with a lot of physical therapy to get stronger. After 6 weeks he was able to put weight on his right leg. He walks independently and with the help of a walker for long distances. Bob had a small setback on February 19, 2018. He developed an infection and was back at AGH of 2 days. There they did an MRI to see what affect the radiation had on the tumors. Sadly, there wasn't any change and there is still swelling on the brain. Immunotherapy had to be put on hold. Along with targeted radiation.
We appreciate all of the prayers and need them to continue❤️
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