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Saturday, February 28, 2009

The last couple of weeks....

The last couple of weeks have been quite an adventure for us. On the 17th, hubby calls me at work and tells me he is hurting so bad he can hardly move. So I get off work and pick him up from work and take him to the dr. We went to pri-med so we could avoid the ER copay (which is very high). So we get to primed - dr. x-rays his leg and says "it's not broke - you have tendonitis". I ask him about the swelling and rash on that leg and the dr says "oh - that's allergies". I knew that didn't sound right - so when we left there I talked hubby into going to the ER just to make sure. Got to the ER - the triage nurse told us he thought he was a blood clot. Got him on back - did an u/s of the leg - and yes - it was a bloodclot. So he was admitted to the hospital overnight. They started him on blood thinner injections which he had to take for 5 days and blood thinner pills that he will take anywhere from 3-6 months. The injections are to give the pills time to build up in the system. So he went home on the 18th with the injections and a follow up appt. with the dr. that saw him in the hospital on the 19th. Well - that dr. was a freaking quack and his nurse was quackette. Finding a decent dr. is not an easy task. This dr. would not return any phone calls - would not tell us how labs were - would not tell anything about the pain hubby was in and if it was normal. Didn't tell him anything he could do at home to make it better. Heck - I would not send my dog to this quack. This freaking quack you can't get after hours either - so we had to rush him to the ER Sunday morning when his blood pressure went up to 215/110. The dr. actually was in the hospital cafe. and the ER dr. paged him - he came in - increased hubby's blood thinner and sent him home. 2 days later his blood levels started to shoot up - called the dr. and still didn't get a return call. So we knew nothing else to do other than to keep taking the meds like he said.

So I did some calling from work and got him an appt. with a new dr. This new one got him in 2 days later. He is a very good dr. and looks like we may be on the road to something now. The day we saw the new dr. - hubby had his labs drawn that morning - and they were at critical levels.

What we have found out - DVT is painful; but the amount of pain he is in is not normal. He has high blood pressure and we have no idea how long he will be out of work. Right now he can't get out of the bed other than to go to the bathroom. That alone is driving him crazy and he is in so much pain he only sleeps a couple hours at a time. Oh - and the critical labs - he had to come off the blood thinner for 2 days and then only take half the prescribed dose starting tonight - have his levels drawn Monday and see where they are.

Well - that's how our adventure has started. Hopefully the blogs will have better news in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more.


What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (throm-BO-sis), or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together.
Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can occur in other parts of the body.
A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. The loose clot is called an embolus. When the clot travels to the lungs and blocks blood flow, the condition is called pulmonary embolism (PULL-mun-ary EM-bo-lizm), or PE.
PE is a very serious condition. It can damage the lungs and other organs in the body and cause death.
Blood clots in the thigh are more likely to break off and cause PE than blood clots in the lower leg or other parts of the body.
Blood clots also can form in the veins closer to the skin's surface. However, these clots won't break off and cause PE.

Monday, February 02, 2009





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The Kids....

We took the kids to the Shakesphere Festival and I took a few pictures while there.

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