The Blood Clot – Seven Weeks Out

On September 12 my husband developed a significant blood clot in his left leg.  It stretched from his ankle to his groin.  Here it is some seven weeks later and we still are dealing with the residual effects of the clot.  He had developed petechiae and purpura in the left leg as well which was quite alarming.  Where are we at now?  At our visit to the Oncologist on the 21 of October, the doctor looked at his leg and decided that there could be a bacterial infection under the skin and consequently prescribed an antibiotic.  My husband’s been on the antibiotics for  over a week now and the leg, in particular the petechiae, is looking much better.  The swelling continues to exist but much slighter now and is in the lower calf, ankle and foot area.  He continues to require a Fragmin® injection every day, and likely will for several months after his chemotherapy ends.  We have been able to successfully transition to a smaller, less painful needle (6mm insulin) for his injections so there is less bruising on his stomach.

He has developed peripheral neuropathy in all his digits, and the toes on the left leg are particularly sensitive.  I’m not sure if this is caused by the swelling that seems to worsen over the course of the day, or if it is in part due to a stroke he had about 9 years ago.  Regardless his toes on both feet are quite sensitive and he sleeps with his feet uncovered.  Despite this and all in all, he’s on track with the clot dissipating; the medical professionals (doctors and nurses) had all indicated it would be a month or two before it was gone and that’s precisely where we are at.


One comment on “The Blood Clot – Seven Weeks Out

  1. Hi Jenny,

    The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, but it doesn’t usually cause much pain, there is usually loss of sensation, at first though there can be a bit of pain. Where there is pain as such that even slight touch causes pain is usually due to circulation problems, the less blood flow to the feet the more pain….it can get to be excruciating, is more painful at night if one has been on their feet all day, once you put your feet up it hits bad. I tell my clients to try and keep their feet warm to keep the circulation going, they have to quit smoking (or stop being around smoker) since every cigarette causes vaso constrictions to peripheral vessels lasts some time. For some they do grafts to improve blood flow, others they may not be able to do anything, eventually amputate to relieve the pain (worst case scenario).

    As for June, at least she is still fighting this, it sounds like she has gone septic (most people who have bowel contents leaking usually do), she could get worse before improving, Stephens Angela went septic, they had her written off but she bounced back. I have another client who went septic to the point where there was organ shutdown, they had to put her on dialysis, eventually she came back and was able to come off dialysis. John’s young nephew also went septic (toxic shock syndrome) it was a long haul for him but he is now completely recovered.

    Kevin will probably always be on a blood thinner, if not the heparin injections then maybe oral tablets, they have a new pill out that does not require frequent bloodwork to be done. Sounds as though he is winning his battle.

    June’s condition is very, very serious, I don’t mean to increase your worry but being on a ventilator does increase her chances of getting pneumonia, and you mention she has congestion in her lungs, increasing her feeds will help her body to stay strong to fight this. The antibiotics also.

    Family being there for her will also help keep her strong.

    You are going through a lot in such a short period of time, hopefully things will continue to improve.



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