Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Allow Me To Explain

I know my last post was sort of out of nowhere, but I didn't have a lot of time. I was at the Dr's office yesterday from 10am to 4 pm. Kyler was with me for two hours, then Grandma Snyder came to stay with him (huge Thank Yous!). So, since I was at the Dr's office all day I was just dying to spend some time with the munchkins. I am sure you guys understand.

Now, I will explain the blood clot. When we were at MD Anderson they put in a Central Venous Catheter in my chest to make it a lot easier to give me the meds. It hurt to have put in. I hated it when it was in. But, it did make the chemo a lot easier.

I believe it was Saturday when my right arm started hurting. Not bad, just a little bit. As the week went on the pain got more intense. I decided last night that I would have it looked at when I went to have labs. After waiting for an hour for the Dr, he ordered an ultrasound. Kyler and I went to Sonic and then Grandma met us. Then, I went back for the ultrasound.

Towards the end I asked the Tech if she could tell me anything, and her response was, "I think we will just let the Dr look at it." I just started laughing. Obviously something was wrong.

The Dr returned from lunch about 30 minutes later and he told me I had a blood clot that started in my arm pit and is traveling downwards. No wonder my arm is hurting so bad!

After many conversations with the nurse at MD Anderson the decision was made that my CVC had to pulled. I have been started on Lovanox shots to break up the blood clot and I will probably be on those for the next 6 months. Which totally sucks, because they hurt!

The Drs think my blood clot originated because of the CVC, combine that with cancer, plus the fact that blood clotting disorders run in my family, and well, I was just screwed from the beginning!

We leave Sunday for MD Anderson and another line will be placed on Monday. I am NOT excited about this. At all. It's painful and inconvenient. But, there's nothing I can do about it. I hate not having a say. I hate not being in control of my own life.

14 comments:

Hailey said...

Praying in NC!

Rachel said...

I am sorry to hear this. Sounds very scary. I hope it's less painful this time and the clot decreases soon and goes away very soon!

Melissa said...

that so sucks, Heather!

{{{HUGS}}}

misskri said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the blood clot, I pray that the clot goes away and that there is less pain this time around.
((Hugs))

Mandie E. said...

Hang in there friend, you are very brave, very strong, and very smart to share all of this with us. Best wishes and know i'll be praying for you.

Patrice said...

So sorry you have more crap to deal with! That is no fun! Stay strong, I know you can beat this no matter what curve balls are thrown your way!

Christy said...

Fuckity fuck! My poor friend. I hate that you have to go through this. So sorry friend.

CFlover said...

Boo!!!!
Im so sorry and I will continue praying!

Chris said...

Oh, dear. I'm praying for you!! You are one tough gal.

Lillie's Playground said...

Thinking of you.
Much love,
Shawn

Anonymous said...

Why can't they start you on coumadin (warfarin)? It is a blood thinner that you can take by mouth but you need your blood levels checked once a week to make sure you are therapeutic - but they can draw blood from your CVC.

Lovenox sux ass.

amanda said...

Oh my goodness--you deserve a break and you can't seem to catch one. Good grief. I am so sorry you are dealing with all this. You are too young and have too much to do than mess with all this crap. I hope they get it all worked out soon so you can kick cancer's bum and get to more important things like hugging and kissing your kiddos.
My prayers are always with you.

Lindsay said...

oo dont feel bad.. sometimes you just gotta vent and let it out. I am sorry you have to go through getting the central line put in again! I hope the blog clot shots get less painful!!

SWOfem said...

I wish I had a magic wand so I could fix it. FLOW...

 
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