Bob's Medical Fund

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My name is Kathryn Panza, and my friends call me Kitty.  My husband of 42 years, Bob, was refereeing a middle school basketball game on January 15 when an errant pass struck him in the head.  He finished the game, drove himself home and at that point a horrible headache set in.

When I arrived home that night, Bob had me drive him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe brain bleed, and was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess for an immediate surgery to relieve the pressure.  Post-surgery, the bleed continued, and a second surgery was required on the morning of January 16th.


Following the surgeries, Bob was unconscious for several days, but did wake up.  His recovery is progressing, albeit slowly.  Five weeks after the injury, he still has little to no strength in his right leg, and his right arm has significant weakness.  He suffers from extreme fatigue, headaches and despite the great care he is recieving at Spaulding - Charlestown, I know we are in the early stages of a long recovery.

The uncertainty of all of this is overwhelming.  Recovery from a brain injury is extremly compicated, and difficult to predict.  Bob's injury has created signficant physical deficits, and it is unknown to what degree he will recover, or how long it will take.

I'm not good at asking for things, but some family and friends have encouraged me to pursue this.  Friends have already donated some money, and co-workers have thrown a bake sale and taken donations, and I am so grateful for their help.  The cards and the visits to Bob are worth their weight in gold to me.  However, despite having good insurance, the financial implications of this are severe.  We depend on both Bob's and my income to make ends meet and take care of the dogs.  I have missed a lot of work in the past month, and with so many new unplanned expeses, our budget is stretched thin.

I'm swallowing my pride, and asking for help.  If you have room for charitable giving this year, please consider Bob and I.  If money isn't an option, we appreciate thoughts and prayers.  Thank you for taking the time to read my story.
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Hey everyone,
We got some good news this past week. Bob is coming home tomorrow. Also exactly five months after heading in to BID at night, he's received medical clearance to come back home. After school tomorrow morning, I'm going to pick him up from LifeCare.

Even though he's coming home, there's still a good deal of recovery left. Mike set him up a room on the first floor since stairs are still a challenge, and there are going to be all kinds of boundaries that he's not used to. He can't go walking on the streets which he always enjoyed, can't drink beer and isn't cleared to drive yet. However, hopefully the comfort of his own chair, his tv and the dogs make up for the new limitations.

Since he is going to be landlocked for a while, we'll take any and all visitors. Feel free to call and stop by. I can't tell you how much I've appreciated the support I've received over the past five months. I can safely say that Bob or I wouldn't be here without y'all. Thank you so much!
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Hi everyone,
It has been one week today since Bob's surgery and he has settled back in at Life Care for the next week or so. He is all set to have his stitches removed next Wednesday, the 25th, back in Boston. He is progressing with all his therapy, and now that he is much more alert, it helps to break the day up. He is so anxious to be able to get out of the bed and into his wheelchair on his own, but he is not there yet, even though he often thinks he is. Once he gets to that plateau, he will be able to at least move about the room and the facility on his own. If the weather would cooperate and get warmer, he could finally get some outside time, so I guess I have to be patient with that... March in Plymouth is not warm by a long shot!

His recent visitors have noticed the same thing that I am seeing, his long term memory is great, but short term and present is still very confused. Sometimes, he will be unable to tell me who visited less than an hour after the visit ends If you visit more than once, he may tell you things that are not true, but to him they are. I appreciate all the visits because the more he is engaged in the present time and what is going on, the hope is that short term memory will improve with time. Yesterday he told me he had started to be able to read again. In small segments, he was reading the SI Patriot Championship issue I had bought him back in February. It would be great if he could get back to reading, as you can only watch so much daytime TV without being brain dead!!! I appreciate all your help, the support has been amazing....love you all for your kindness!
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Hi everyone,
I just have a very quick update tonight. Bob spent 4 extra days at Spaulding, but everything went well and they decided to transfer him to skilled nursing in Plymouth today. As Bill Belichick would say, "We are on to Plymouth." This facility was our first choice, so we're very happy. I saw him tonight and he was just settling in. It will be so wonderful for me to have him in town, but I can not say enough good things about the Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Charlestown. God forbid any of our friends are ever in need of that level of care, but if you or anyone you know are ever in need of hospital level rehab, that is the place to go. They have brought Bob so far in the 25 days he was there that it is amazing. I know he would love to have visits at the new place, so tomorrow I'll try to get some info on visiting hours and the therapy schedule so folks know when they can drop in. Thanks for all your prayers, they are working!
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Rebecca Devlin
46 months ago

Go Bob! Here is to a speedy recovery

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Nikolas Outchcunis
42 months ago

Wishing you the best Bob!

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Anonymous
42 months ago
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Bill Zeoli
42 months ago

Getting you to an even $19K .... all the best

JP
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Joe Paolucci
43 months ago

Get Well Bob!

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Anonymous
44 months ago
JM
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Jeff Merzel
44 months ago

Best wishes for a speedy recovery

JM
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Jim McCulloch
44 months ago

Bet better Bob. See you in August!!!!

BT
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Brian Troupe
44 months ago

Bob, Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Troupie

Rebecca Devlin
46 months ago

Go Bob! Here is to a speedy recovery

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