There is the good news and the not so good news
Mr Uphilldowndale’s knee is looking so much better following its trauma (I don’t think I need to issue a warning for this shot, unlike the last).
Rather a neat job don’t you think? The raw looking blob below the stiches is a ‘superficial’ cut.
The not so good news is that on Sunday Mr Uphilldowndale started to be troubled by what felt like ‘cramp’ in the back of his calf that was very uncomfortable. This made alarm bells ring for me… and I whisked him off down to the Out of Hours medical centre. The very nice and very knowledgeable nurse also heard alarm bells ringing* and sent us off to the hospital.
Mr Uhdd spent another night in hospital and the short version of a long story is that he has a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or clot behind his knee. Pretty serious stuff.
He has been having daily injections of Clexane injected into the stomach, which sounds worse than it is, honest, Mr Uhdd has injected it himself today (I did offer to do it) and has been prescribed Warfarin. Which he will need to take for the next six months….
It has taken longer to get the diagnosis established than we first imagined, but he has been having Clexane as a precaution in the mean time, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride, we’ve both swung in and out of thinking ‘it’s all a fuss about nothing’ ‘ I/we are over reacting’ to ‘OMG this is serious’ and several points in between. So we’d like to say, if you’ve found this blog via a search engine. Go get it checked.
For Mr Uhdd the warning signs and symptoms were that he’d recently had
pain in his calf
trauma to his leg
two trips into the operating theatre
immobilisation of his leg (both in a splint and the journey home from Wales in the car).
- Pain and tenderness of the calf.
- Swelling of the calf. ( but note, Mr Uhdd leg had very little swelling)
- Colour and temperature changes of the calf. Blood that would normally go through the blocked vein is diverted to outer veins. The calf may then become warm and red.
*the nurse had just completed a post graduate qualification in pulmonary embolisms