Oh my sweet friends and followers…The past 11 days have been a journey in itself.
I will update you on the happenings of late.
It started on my chemo day….I was so weak, I told the captain i didn’t think I was strong enough to get in the car and go.
But, with his help, we managed to get to the cancer center, where they determined i needed fluids.
But after receiving two liters of fluids, the doctor ordered me to the ER for more testing.
The ER doctor admitted me to the hospital and thus began another series of cat scans, etc….and yet more fluids.
That was Wednesday.
On Thursday, about 4 pm….my husband noticed my right leg badly swollen and discolored….and pointed it out to the doctors.
Yes, there were about 3 doctors involved.
Shortly thereafter, my heart monitors went crazy, with my heartbeat racing to 155, which made breathing difficult and the room spinning.
All of a sudden, my room was full of medical personnel from all over the hospital.
Just like on those medical tv shows.
Finally, with oxygen and other remedies….a heart doctor showed up and all I could feel was I couldn’t breathe.
He ordered an echo on my heart, a cat scan for my lungs and a sonogram on my leg.
The results showed blood clots in both lungs (and leg) and a huge blood clot in my heart’s right atrium and chamber.
The next day, friday….my heart beat soared to 170 and I will tell you I was ready to meet my Lord and Saviour, Jesus…
Again, my room was filled with every kind of doctor and nurse as it was determined I needed to be in ICU.
I couldn’t breathe.
there were people everywhere and I could feel some one holding my hand and saying…”stay with us Kari”
It was the most horrible feeling, gasping for breaths as the doctors and nurses worked on me all the way to the ICU…which was several floors up.
Once there, I was given “TPA” for two hours, which is a blood thinner….or better known as a clot buster.
By the morning, I was still alive…and breathing with the aid of oxygen tubes and other paraphernalia connected to my body including a heart monitor that was connected to a major hospital feed that monitored my every move.
An echo machine was wheeled into my room and another echo cardiogram performed which showed the blood clot completely gone from my heart.
“wow!…unbelievable” exclaimed the tech….and I said…”no, God is in control”!!!
The doctor came into my ICU room and said….”little girl, you don’t know how close you came last night.”
I said “God isn’t ready for me yet”
Later, I was told that blood clots are connected to some chemo treatments.
I also have two hematomas….one on my left arm…..and one under my chin.
my whole arm is black and blue with a huge “knot” on my shoulder….which should go away in time.
After 3 days in ICU, I was moved to a “step down” or a room between regular hospital room and ICU. It is called Progressive care.
I was still being monitored by the main hub of “monitors” somewhere in the hospital.
Once, I was in the bathroom and one of the “leads” popped off and the next thing I knew there were two nurses in my face lifting up my hospital gown and re-attaching leads as I sat on the toilet.
It was determined I not only need constant blood thinners, I also needed a “filter” surgically placed in my vein to bust up any stray blood clots heading for my heart.
So that was done.
i’ve been told the blood clots in my lungs will eventually be absorbed by my body.
Meanwhile, my legs and feet were filled with fluids…and my feet looked like little “porkers”.
My feet were elevated above my heart…and after two days…started to resemble feet again.
After 11 days, Saturday eve, I was allowed to go home.
I am still very weak and need constant supervision.
The Captain got me a walker and a stream lined wheel chair.
i use the walker to navigate but hope to regain my strength to where i will not need it.
i hope this makes sense to you all…I still get a bit dizzy….but wanted to keep you all in the loop.
Thank you for your continued prayers….and your wonderful cards.
I love the story of Esther in the Bible….and I hope I have just a bit of her strength.
i love you all.