Wednesday, April 23, 2008

They would never admit me just for a nosebleed

I am back in the hospital again. I am at North Memorial this time. Last night I had a bloody nose that would not stop so after 3 hours I went to the Emergency Room. This is from the blood thinners they have me on. They have given me bags of Plasma and vitamin K to reverse the blood thinner. I don't even want to talk about the things they did or left in my nose. The bleeding still hasn't totally stopped. They are also going to give me a unit of blood. My hemoglobin has dropped to 7 now that I have lost so much blood. I should get out Thursday or Friday.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Running out of options

I met with my oncologist today. We went over my latest scan and the lung tumors are still growing. The Gemzar didn't do anything. The largest tumor was 5cm two months ago and now it is 5.5 cm. I think thats growing fast - the doc says it really isn't fast. We can try more chemo....radiation or surgery really isn't an option. We talked about Abraxane. I am going to think about it for a few weeks. I just want to feel good for a little bit.

Friday, April 11, 2008

I had the Vena Cava filter put in today. The procedure only took 20 minutes, but we were at the hospital for 5 hours. There was no pain during or after, so I'm not going to complain.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Ultrasound reveals large clot

I had the ultrasound on my leg today. The blood clot goes from my knee to groin. It sounds huge, but I guess this is not unusual. My doctor thinks I should get a Vena Cava filter put in. They would insert the filter above the clot, so it could catch anything that breaks off. I already have two pieces in my lungs already, so it's a good idea.

I am going to call in the morning to schedule. My doctor thinks they might be able to get me in Friday. I am only mildly terrified to have this done. You are awake for the procedure, and they access the vein through your groin. In the meantime every one is telling me to "take it easy".

Monday, April 7, 2008

New problem found on my CT scan

I went in this afternoon for a regular re staging scan. The phone was already ringing when we got home. It was my oncologist calling - that can't be good. He said the radiologist found a problem on the scan. I have a blood clot in my lung. It turns out is also related to my puffy foot. He asked me if I was having pain anywhere and I told his about the back of my knee hurting for awhile(I thought it was related to my weak leg muscles) and the puffy foot that showed up Sunday. He said that it is likely the original clot is located there and some broke off and ended up in my lung. The puffy foot would be lymphdema caused by the clot pushing on the lymph nodes. They are going to do an ultrasound to confirm this.

The treatment is to be on blood thinners (probably forever!!). I will be giving myself injections twice a day, so the pills have time to start working(5 days). He also said I should avoid using that leg too much for a couple of days. I almost afraid to move. I'm not sure if I should go to work tommorow. I actually feel good.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Puffy foot

I have a puffy foot. I was watching TV and glanced down at my foot and top was puffed up about an inch. It doesn't hurt. I think it is most likely lymphodema in my leg. Great another medical problem.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I finally got my red cells today. I was at the clinic all day. I was able to get a room with a bed, so I slept all day. It was great - an uninterrupted nap. I feel better already. I was so weak this morning that I could barely walk from the car to the clinic. It's a good thing that I had someone to drive me.