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.