Since the determination of the blood clot not much has changed. The injections stop the clot from getting any larger, while the body slowly works to dissolve it, it is a slow process – probably necessarily so. His leg is still quite painful to put any pressure on but he has been encouraged to try and resume his normal activities. The visiting nurse came by both yesterday and today to administer his injection. Today I actually gave him his shot.
Like most things this will take time. We had so hoped for a quick improvement but were told that it could take months before his leg is back down. The light-headedness has begun to dissipate and this is likely because he has started to drink his fluids again. It’s frightening to be told to drink fluids when your leg is swollen up like a balloon because of fluids. Both the Emergency Room doctor and the visiting nurse thought his dehydration was the major contributing factor to his “cloudiness” and he has been instructed to ensure he continues to drink. Caffeinated beverages don’t count, so when we do his fluid count coffee or tea is never factored in. We’ve started on soups, juices, flavored waters, jello, stew, anything that will supplement his fluid intake.
Throughout this particular ordeal he has been quiet and withdrawn. I think more than anything this particular setback really dragged him down. To not be able to get from the bed to the bathroom without assistance, to have to depend on his rollator to get around was so discouraging – but the leg was so painful and he was so lightheaded there was no choice. We spoke yesterday about this being just one point in time in his journey. Things change, he will have ups and downs, but usually they pass. This episode with his leg is now being addressed and he has been assured by the medical professionals involved that the injections will stop the clot getting any larger while his body works to bring his mobility back. It’s just a matter of time and patience.