Yep, that’s right! I have a bloodclot. Remember the other day when I was complaining about the pain in my leg and ankle? Last Wednesday I had my “chemo counseling” and the nurses told me that it was pinched nerve and she would “mention” to the doctor that I had pain, but this was not a priority for them.
The Chemo was the main priority. Thursday day and night the pain continued to get worse and my leg continued to swell up. Friday am I made an appointment with my primary care doctor to get it checked out. He told me that he thought it was a blood clot and I had to get it tested right away. We left there and went straight to the ER room at St. Josephs Hospital. They tested me and found a bloodclot in my right calf.
I started on two different medications to thin out the blood. One is shot I have to give to myself twice a day for 7 days. The other is a pill that I have to take for an indefinite amount of time. Now here’s the kicker; the chemo medication that I am supposed to start on Wednesday includes Avastin. This particular drug has side effects that include blood clots. So what would have happened if I did not go to get this checked out and went along with the docs and just assumed this was arthritis or just a pinched nerve?
This morning the resident came in and told me that the CT Scan from last night showed that I also have a blood clot in my lung. I had mentioned to the doc the day prior that I was having shortness of breath. I had really only noticed it when I had walked up one flight of stairs. I was completely out of breath! I used to be able to run marathons and run flights of stairs without even thinking about it…and now I’m winded from a few steps? What the?
So, here I am still sitting at St. Joe's just waiting. I am waiting to see the Oncologist who is supposed to stop by sometime this afternoon to determine next steps. I may stay through wed and have my first round of Chemo done here at the hospital. I feel very comfortable with this, but not sure if insurance covers this. I believe they only cover this as an outpatient. I am going to double check on Monday.