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After about 20min of waiting, I knew that this time they would actually find a blood clot. Kath has had swelling in her legs quite a few times in the past year, but each ultrasound came clean. 10-15 min was all it would normally take down in Imaging. Another new drug now. Even the hospital pharmacist had a “now what” look on his face when I went in with the tell tale white slip of prescription paper. Great pharmacist who is really into what he does. Fragmin. Appropriate name for something to deal with clot busting.
The danger with the clot in her leg is of course it could move into her lungs or elsewhere which would be fatal if not treated very quickly. But with her platelets dangerously low, she has various bleed concerns. When the doctor came in to see us, I had the “No, she is not being admitted speech ready.” I think he knew it would not wash, but the price to pay is we have to go in for daily blood tests for the next few days and wait around for the results. OK. A deal. Oddly enough, it wont effect chemo on Friday. If her platelets are high enough, she can do it. They were 46 today. They have to be 75 or better for Friday. We will see. They did bounce back from the 50s last time, but never this low.
Her pain is not getting any better. Yesterday, we had a RMT come in to see if that could help anything. Perhaps a little, but he warned she might feel a little more pain in the short term. It was a pretty bad night for her.
All in all, quite discouraging. Sometimes I look at her as she sleeps in her chair next to our bed, I dont know how she gets through it. Its a comfortable chair, but its still a chair. To me, it seems like sleeping in an airplane seat for 180 days. Add in the pain, and the cancer and the side effects of the cancer, its been pretty shit for her. The odd bright spot. Last Friday for example was a relatively ok day. We were able to go out to Zhers and a few other errands. We also had a nice birthday cake with Elaine and then yesterday a nice meal out with her Uncle Merv and cousins Chesea and Lisa. But those bright spots seem to be fewer and shorter than ever. Not really looking too far down the road. Just taking one day, sometimes one hour at a time.

Birthday Cake with Elaine
Photo 2013-05-27 6 58 51 PM

Birthday With Merv, Chelsea and Lisa, Jan and Elaine
Photo 2013-06-04 7 40 57 PM

Fun emails (cute animal pics from Bonnie)
fun emails

A bit of ‘photo booth’ last week at the hospital. Still get to kiss my sweetie


About In the Cancer Bubble

I am Kathleen's partner of almost 25yrs supporting her through this very tough and rough spot.

8 responses to “Clot

  1. jacquie ⋅

    love and hugs. hope tomorrow is a better day…

  2. Fran Fisher ⋅

    Beautiful kisses. Sending big hugs to you both. You put life in perspective. If only our hugs, kisses and good wishes could ease your pain. We will keep trying. Love to you both. Fran

  3. judy ⋅

    Dear Mike and Kathleen,
    What care and love you show for each other.
    See you soon,

  4. Colleen and Terry ⋅

    Dear Kath and Mike, beautiful, beautiful is the love you share.
    And the love of those who surround you. If they could just bottle this up in a prescription for pain! Our hearts are with you everyday. Hugs! Colleen and Terry

  5. ~Jill ⋅

    Dearest Kathleen and Mike, Elaine and Jan,

    So tender, so precious. Such beautiful people coming together and connecting through beautiful hearts. Thank you for sharing these touching photos of special moments and special people. They are the essence of the power of love and who and what is important in life. Keeping you all very close in my heart and in my thoughts. ❤

  6. Maureen ⋅

    Hang in there Mike and Kathleen. You have such a wonderful relationship; you are so lucky to have each other. I can’t get over the love that you have for each other. It’s beautiful to see.
    Here’s to many more birthday cakes…yum!
    Love you and sending a big hug,

  7. Carl Miller ⋅

    Ahh the dreded Fragmin – I did it for 6 months complaining multiple times. I am recovering from my 3rd DVT. Love to uou both may good health descend upon you quickly and permanently.

  8. Harold Turcotte ⋅

    Hi guys, love these pictures. Elaine just showed us the blog. Sorry to hear about the pain. I hope you guys can enjoy a bit of the sunshine today. You deserve a bit of sunshine… take care, love and hugs, Les & Hank (Harold) , Ben and Audrey 🙂

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