Monday… Some good news (and some not so good news – but don’t worry!)

A mixed sort of day news wise! I didn’t mention it at the time but about 8 days as I was sitting at my desk at home, I noticed a pain in my calf, just behind my knee. I didn’t think much about it and put it down to sitting with my leg crossed over the other knee, and expected it to pass. It didn’t, and so this morning I went to the Doctor’s for an opinion, with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) lurking at the back of my mind. Clearly it was lurking at the back of his mind too, as he referred me to a DVT clinc at the local hospital, and a scan did indeed show that to be the case – so I am now on daily injections of an anti-coagulant (Clexane a “low molecular weight heparin”) perhaps for 6 months, although there is the possibility of changing that for warfarin, which is taken orally. A tad tedious, but it is a bit like injecting the GCSF. These drugs ‘thin’ the blood to reduce any risk of build up while the normal body processes dissolve the clots in the veins.

I did a little research and posted a link to a very informative BUPA factsheet. It is in the links and also here.

I note that they recommend that people on anti-coagulants should not drink cranberry juice! I wonder if the same reasoning applies to acai berry products? 🙂 I must dig out the fetching white support stockings too!

So that is the not so good news. The good news is that I rang Guy’s to check that the DVT treatment was OK, and spoke to Sala (senior reg). As it happened ther PET scan came up in conversation (came up as in “Sala, what about the PET scan results?”) and the rtesult was good – no sign of disease and I am still in remission, so anyone with fingers/other appendages crossed from last week can uncross them (and make sure you don’t have a DVT!)

So the good news more than outweighs the not so good – which is really more of an inconvenience. I will need to be careful in future, and I’m not sure how that will affect my fitness for diving, but time will tell.

No more pics of Olivia at the moment. She did come over at the weekend, but wasn’t a very happy bunny. I think she is cutting more teeth (3 at the front now) but she is showing every signs of walking soon. Her crawling is interesting though – she pulls herself along with her arms – a true ‘infantry’ crawl.

So, onwards and upwards – and pass the syringe!

8 Responses to “Monday… Some good news (and some not so good news – but don’t worry!)”

  1. Richard on 17 Sep 2007 at 7:39 pm #

    White stockings all you need is yellow cross banding……..

    Digits less tightly crossed, did you like the band?


  2. Peter on 18 Sep 2007 at 9:04 am #

    Er – no, sorry, the only band reference I could come up with was Black Sabboth, but the Helinki Architecture passed me by!

  3. Gillian on 18 Sep 2007 at 9:13 am #

    nothing to do with the Chicago white stockings…?

    Good news on the uncrossing of digits, typing was a bit of a problem



  4. Elspeth on 18 Sep 2007 at 7:07 pm #

    Sorry about the inconvenience of the S/Cs, but that’s all they are, especially as the PET scan (?No.20….) was showing the right information – continued remission, Definitely O&U, good for you, L’n’Hd, E OXO

  5. Liz on 18 Sep 2007 at 9:34 pm #

    So pleased to read about the PET scan results. I’m glad I can “uncross” everything! As for the DVT, I’m afraid I have no idea about the treatment/acai situation. Dare I presume that the medical staff could advise?

    Typical you with diving onyour mind! Take care and don’t go doing things too quickly!

    Lots of love,

  6. Richard on 20 Sep 2007 at 6:46 pm #

    Sorry Gillian it was the stockings that should have been yellow not the cross garters. Sort of late Medieval fireman’s uniform……….calm down dear it is only a uniform.

    Still Peter must know all about that including rubber suits.

    Richard………just a bloke, no rubber, no uniform just pins and needles from finger and other crossings

  7. Gillian on 20 Sep 2007 at 7:18 pm #

    so, how do you make a garter cross?


  8. Peter on 20 Sep 2007 at 10:52 pm #

    Throw sand in his eyes? (No – Thats how to make a Maltese cross…)

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