Ugh Needles

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.


Cancer You Suck! Oh and Side Effects – You Suck Too!

2016-08-06T09:00:36-04:00 October 16th, 2013|Categories: Cancer Update|12 Comments


  1. Bo & Julie October 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I feel for you with having to stick yourself–I had to inject myself in the stomach throughout my pregnancy with Annie and for 6 weeks after her birth–so I wouldn’t develop blood clots. At first my hands shook so bad it was hard to stick the needle in, but it DID get better. Soon you’ll be shoving that needle home like an addict and it’ll just be an annoyance, not a reason to freak out!
    Praying for you!

  2. Michael Kenney October 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm


    Thank you so much for that encouragement. I really did need to hear that. Well we’ll see how it goes tomorrow morning when I try it for the first time.


  3. Keri Jacobs October 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    So glad about the ‘cancer hasn’t spread’ part! I can’t address the needle part. I know when I’ve done difficult things with my kids – burn treatment with Noely that was VERY painful (for her) and difficult (for me) and some stuff you don’t want to hear about with Shannon – you do kind of get used to it, sort of, like Julie said.

  4. David G October 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Don’t tattoos require needles? Suck it up, guy!

    Glad to hear it didn’t spread.

    • Michael Kenney October 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Obviously compassion is one of the spiritual gifts you’re still working on. 🙂

  5. Ann Marie Railing October 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Glad to hear the cancer hasn’t spread. Hmm, the needles part… me no likey either. Yeah, I’ll add you to my prayers. I have always found medicine and the human body such a fascinating study. And then I remember those times when I’ve had blood drawn. My arm is flexed in a muscle. I automatically face the other direction, my eyes squinting all the while. However, the truth, as we all know, is that it’s never as bad as I’ve imagined it would be.

    You’re stronger, much stronger than you think.

    Love you!!


    • Michael Kenney October 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I may be strong but that doesn’t mean I don’t whine. 🙂

  6. Rose Blondell October 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    It is good that the clot was discovered and that there is treatment — as miserable as the needle sticking is. Keep us updated — we love you Mike! Yes it is hard — and I’m sorry for that.

  7. Sherry October 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I got a bunch of subcutaneous shots for our embryo adoption transfer. Garo did them. Compared to intramuscular…they’re a breeze. Like, Keri said, you sort of get ised to it. Although, it would be hard to do to myself.

    So Glad to hear the cancer hasn’t spread! Amazed that you’re walking around OK with a clot in your lung. I have a friend that wound up in the hospital half dead from that TWICE. Praising God that you’re OK.

  8. rheba kelley October 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Everybody else offered nice sympathy (well, then there’s David) so I’ll just say I laughed a lot as I read your post. Mostly because you have the kind of voice that is easy to hear in my head, so I could hear you saying this stuff.

    Okay, well, I do offer sympathy that this is One More Thing To Do For My Health, and praise that the cancer has not spread to your brain.

    For all the needle experts out there, would icing the injection site beforehand make this any more pleasant?

  9. David G October 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I’m getting beaten up! Tell you what, Mike. I’ll come over and stick you.

  10. Anna Waters October 29, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Hi Mike, Thanks for commenting on my blog – and following it too!… Stage 4 cancer stinks. If you want to read about awful needles, go talk to the ladies (like me) who have done In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)– 18 gauge needles twice a days for 2.5 months! Well, THAT is a painful needle, if I ever felt one. I used to ice it and have Ryan do it for me, then I just tried it without ice, doing it myself and it was about the same pain level. So, there you go… It sounds like you lived through it all, still here to tell the tale. Good for you! God still has work for you to do, but I’m sure there’s a commandment in the old testament that says, “Thou Shalt Not Whine.” LOL But seriously, I bet it stinks to have to do injections daily. I will be praying for your total healing AND my husband’s too! -Anna

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