Yesterday was a good day, no doubt about it. My husband was busy, busy, busy. Up and down the stairs getting things, sorting things out and just generally enjoying being able to putter around. He was more animated than he had been in weeks which meant he was providing an opinion on just about everything – which really wasn’t necessary. He went to bed last night more optimistic than he had been in weeks. Having a small degree of his mobility back means so much to him. He was able to do things like have a shower, get the binoculars out to watch the birds, make me a cup of tea, answer the phone when it rang; little things that we don’t think twice about. These small, inconsequential, mundane things are the things that gave him such pleasure yesterday.
And then we come to today. When he woke up his left leg was a little tender. This is the leg that has the blood clot. The blood clot is quite sizeable – from his groin to his ankle. It has been just over three weeks since he started his injections and it has taken some time to see the swelling go down. Today is different. The leg is down considerably, however, it is also covered in a red rash which is quite painful to touch. There are also a couple of dime-sized discolorations under his skin – like blood blisters. The whole thing is alarming to look at. I contacted the visiting nurse and gave her a general description of what was going on. She decided that she would stop by the house just to take a look at his leg and the rash. The nurse was reluctant to provide an explanation as to what was going on, since she herself was not certain. Her suggestion was to contact our doctor’s office and let the doctor know what is happening. We did this and now are waiting for a call back.
Despite this bit of a curveball my husband still had a pretty good day today. Just give him a good day once in a while and it provides him with a world of hope. Being able to gain back some autonomy (as he did yesterday), was as good as a shot of adrenaline which has lasted through to today. I can only hope that this latest episode with his left leg is at best minor, or at the least very manageable, it would be nice to sustain his present upbeat outlook.