The Blood Clot – 2 Weeks On

Well it has been two weeks today that we went to the hospital with his blood clot.  It has definitely been slow going.  His leg and foot remain quite swollen and it is still painful to walk on.  It’s taken a toll on him emotionally.  Yesterday he was quite withdrawn and quiet.  It was apparent just looking at him that he was feeling down.  The visiting nurse came by to flush out his picc line and she chatted with him.  He had hoped that his leg would be visibly on the mend and that his mobility would have improved by now.  She reminded him that it was likely to take upwards of two months for his blood clot to disappear completely.  Looking at his leg you can see certain parts where the swelling is going away, but it isn’t going fast enough for him.  Today he woke up with a nasty headache and I have to think it is all related to how unhappy he is right now.

We’ve had a couple of days of lovely weather here in Ontario and unfortunately it has actually made him feel worse.  To have this great weather and not be able to get out and enjoy it is frustrating.  He continues to be lightheaded, likely because of the clot.  His clot was his whole left leg, from his foot to his groin – and the leg/foot can be quite cool to the touch.  His circulation can’t be great which may be what is causing him to feel woozy.  Blood pressure and blood sugars are checked every day and have been pretty good lately.  So our hope is that when more of the swelling goes from his leg, it means an improvement in his circulation and his wooziness will diminish.

It’s only been two weeks of a fairly lengthy process so we have to hope that the next couple of weeks we see significant improvement.  We had put off his chemo treatment for a week to let the leg have time to heal, and I still think this was a good idea, however, we will proceed with chemo next week to keep up the assault on the cancer cells.  In the meantime my role is to try and get him interested and involved in something that keeps his mind off of his leg.  Easier said than done I’m afraid.