So one of my fears from yesterdays CT Scan was they would find that the cancer has spread to my brain. After all despite what some may think I am not the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. Today while at work my cell phone rang and on answering it I found myself talking to Gail Patterson who is the clinical nurse coordinator for the Georgetown oncology office in Olney. Let’s just say I was a bit anxious as to why she’d be calling especially when she asked if I’d heard from Dr. Pishvaian about yesterdays CT Scan. “Danger – Will Robinson -Danger!”
“Um, no he hasn’t called”, I hesitantly replied.
“OK, first off we didn’t find more cancer.”
(Yeah but you wouldn’t be calling if you hadn’t found anything. Breathe – keep breathing.)
“The scan shows a blood clot in your lung(s).”
(Did she say clot or clots? It may not be cancer but I’m not getting happy here.)
“We’re going to have to start you on Enoxaparin today. It’s an anti coagulant that’s given subcutaneously.”
(Wow, me thinks we just took a big upward jump on the yeehaw barometer.)
“How are you with needles?”
“I’m fine when someone else is manning them, but I’m not so sure about sticking myself with one.”
(Not sure? – Yeah that’s a lie. I’m quite sure I’m not OK with sticking a needle in my – oh you say in my stomach? No I don’t care that I have very large love handles and that will make it easier, I’m still not keen on putting a needle in them. Yes, I understand it’s a very tiny needle, no that’s not making me any less anxious over this process. Nor is the fact that I have to do this twice a day. Yes, you’re right it would be nice if we could get this down to once a day. Of course you just raised my Not Happy meter with the implication that this is to be an ongoing, long term, rest of my life treatment. You really do want to see a grown man cry don’t you?)
So, yes I have DVT – deep vein thrombosis which if left untreated could lead to an embolism which would be, well not good. I left work early and ran by the CVS in Olney where my prescription had been called in by Gail. I then went over to Gail’s office so she could walk me through the process of giving myself the injection. Yes injection. No still not happy.
After my liver biopsy tomorrow and once I’m back home I’ll get to try this for the first time. Weeeeeeeee! Yes, read that as snarky sarcasm.