Monday, March 25, 2013

In Sickness and In Health

This afternoon Richard gave me a shot in my stomach.  Neither of us wanted to pass out so we sat down across from each other. I know he was worried about hurting me but it was quick and practically painless. This is the first of 10 daily shots of Lovenox, a blood thinner for a blood clot in my arm.

My 7th chemo was Thursday, March 21st. By Saturday morning I started getting the bladder infection again and called the answering service to get meds started. That afternoon the pain returned to my bones so I returned to the drugs. Carol came to stay with me while my family was away. I showed her this sore spot just below the port on my right arm. She shared her war story about the big, bad blood clots in her arm during her journey over a year ago.

As I was dressing Sunday morning I noticed how discolored and swollen my arm was. The doc-on-call wanted us to go to emergency to check for a blood clot. The ultrasound didn't show anything so I was instructed to keep a warm compress on it and call my doctor in the morning.

Today it was still swollen and purple-ish, in addition to what looked like a blue-lined road map all up my arm and across my chest. The doc said I have all of the symptoms of a clot so they are treating me even though it couldn't be located.

We have definitely tested the vows we promised to each other 24 years ago. I never imagined something like this would happen to us. But he loves me even though I am a sick, bald lady with a broken boob. He is my best friend and I couldn't survive this without him.