Archive for February, 2014

Leaking leg

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Today I found out that my thigh was swollen from fluid build-up. Not a good thing when you have dissolvable stitches. I stood up from my desk at work, and by the time I reached the restroom, my left pant leg was soaked. Half of the surgical incision had split open and fluid had literally gushed out.

After 15 minutes or so, my pants were dry enough to return to the office, so I called Sandi and we left early. At least we were able to work half a day. When I got home, I called the doctor’s office and told them I’d put butterfly bandages on the incision, and the tech said that’s what they would have done if I had gone to their office.

Still, I don’t trust the butterfly bandages to hold, so I put a large surgical bandage on it with lots of bandaging tape. I’m hoping that it will be able to soak up any leaking fluid.

Post-surgery swelling

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

My thigh has been steadily swelling up since the operation last Friday. I was told that sometimes water or fluid might collect to fill the cavity left by removing the lymph node. Today there is a big lump under the incision, so if it’s not looking any better tomorrow, I’ll call the surgeon’s office.

Knee doctor

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

A very long day, but I managed to arrive home around 7 p.m. Despite leaving work early, I was late for my afternoon appointment with the knee doctor. I wanted to make sure I hadn’t broken the artificial knee, because it was five days since I fell and when I try to kneel, it still feels like broken glass is grinding into it.

I was at the address on the business card on time, but the card was from 2005 and they had apparently moved since then. Fortunately, I had their phone number and my GPS, so I gave them a call. I told them I was on my way, and they said they could still see me even though I’d be late.

Somehow I’d still been marked as a no-show, so I had to wait until a different doctor was available. At least they took X-rays right away. The good news was that there was no damage at all to the artificial joint. The bad news wasn’t so bad; just a severely mashed bursa that will take several weeks to heal. No problem staying off it, that’s for sure.

So that’s one less thing to worry about right now. I was very thankful just to finally get home, and safely after driving in the after-work traffic. I take nothing for granted these days.

Surgery day

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Sandi drove me to the surgical center this morning, and everything went well. We actually didn’t know if the operation would take place today, because I only had my blood test done yesterday morning. The surgery center had to call my primary care doctor and have her specify the tests as STAT because they needed results within 24 hours. As I was clearing the snow off the Mustang yesterday morning, I slipped on some ice in the driveway and came down hard – REALLY hard – on my right knee. I think I may have damaged it, so I’ll have to have it checked out. I changed into jeans and boots and left for the lab a little later than planned, then off to work.

Fortunately, the surgical center had everything they needed this morning. The doctor removed the enlarged lymph node in my left thigh. I was sent home with a prescription for pain medication and need to make follow-up appointments with both my oncologist and the surgeon. I’m resting comfortably and am glad I have two more days off before I have to go back to work.

Sandi is the greatest, a real life-saver and I would truly be lost without her. And that’s not the medication talking.

Pre-op Appointment

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Saw my primary care doctor this morning, and she gave me the all-clear for surgery this Friday.

Surgeon Visit

Monday, February 17th, 2014

We went to see a surgeon today to schedule a biopsy. He said he’ll just remove the whole lymph gland and send it to the lab. I need to see my primary care doctor for a pre-op checkup, EKG, and a blood test as soon as possible.

I made an appointment for this Friday for the surgery, and an appointment with my doctor for Wednesday morning. I’ll have to have the blood work done before I go to work this Thursday.

Oncologist appointment

Monday, February 10th, 2014

I’m glad we changed the appointment from last Friday to today. We ended up getting 24 inches of snow last Wednesday, and lost our power, phone line, and cable. Our generator’s pull cord broke, so we had to run around to find and buy a new one. Our utilities returned on Thursday night, but I ended up in the Emergency Room with a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist from trying to start the old generator. We arrived at the hospital at 11 pm Thursday and left six hours later, at around 5 am Friday.

Dr. K. said the lymph node had tripled in size since the last scan, an increase of 300%. The next step will be to have a biopsy done. If it turns out to be malignant, then he recommends radiation therapy this time. It would be only in the area where the lymph node is, five days a week for three weeks.

Appointment rescheduled due to upcoming storm

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Sandi called Dr. K.’s office for me and rescheduled my appointment for Monday the 10th. The Weather Channel is saying we may get 18-20 inches of snow starting tomorrow and lasting over 24 hours.

Preliminary Results

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Dr. K. left a message on our answering machine today. He said the nodule in my left thigh has gotten a little bigger. He also said the last time he saw me was in November 2012, and the scan had shown a little activity in that lymph node. I was supposed to be seeing him every six months.

I guess I’d been relying too much on his staff to mail me a script when I needed my next scan. I need to be more proactive about my health instead of waiting for others to take action. Also, I have either been in denial or thinking my body would fight it off, or both. Finding that lump lit enough of a fire under me to get it checked out.