Posted by: Ken Wheatley | July 1, 2008

Back to reality

When we arrived at the hotel on Sunday after our wedding we discovered that Sheila had developed a clot in her left leg of sufficient size to partially block the blood flow to her leg. Her calf and foot had swollen a bit and turned purple as the blood tried to find alternative paths back up to her thigh. By Tuesday, the24th, she was back in the hospital getting an ultrasound. The radiologist confirmed that the vein behind her knee was almost 3/4 blocked.

So she first started using heat packs to open the veins to increase the circulation. That helped a lot. Now it’s “just” her foot that’s slightly purple. She went in yesterday to get tested to find out why the Lovenox is not preventing the clots. And she started using compression stockings to help force the blood back up her leg.

Last Tuesday, after we returned from the ultrasound, she also got word that the clinical trial that was supposed to start this week or next has been postponed by the FDA. Apparently there’s an issue between them and the drug company. No date on when it’ll happen. And no Plan B at this point either.

This past Sunday she developed intense pain in her chest and neck. Our fear was that it’s been a month since she stopped chemo and perhaps the two tumors had started to grow again. So she went to see Dr. B yesterday and she thinks Sheila has a pulmonary embolism (PE) – a blood clot in her lung. So tomorrow she’ll be getting a special type of CAT scan that is supposed to determine the size and location of the clot so they can determine if they need to go in and remove it.

The last PE she had triggered the pneumonia that landed her in the hospital for 3 days and killed off the lower lobe of her right lung. Hopefully that won’t be the case this time. She doesn’t seem to have any of those symptoms.

My bride, my sweetie, must survive all this. We’re going to live together a long, long time.


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