Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

All Stitched Up


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).

Knee Stitched -1

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).

A DVT most commonly develops in a deep vein below the knee in the calf. The typical symptoms are:

  • 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 


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “All Stitched Up

  1. Wow! Lucky that you followed your gut reaction to the pain. Glad that he is getting good care for it.
    btw-he has pretty nice looking legs for a man!!! 🙂

  2. Oh gosh, well done you for spotting it and sticking with it even when you weren’t 100% sure.

    I once freaked my (physio) mum out by waking up the morning after an overnight flight with mysteriously achy calves, until I remembered I’d spent the day before the flight walking round a museum for hours. Those marble floors…

  3. DVT’s as scary as the original injury. Thanks for taking the time to post the warning signs.

  4. He doesn’t do things by halves, does he?? Very well-spotted, UHDD!!
    More best wishes from us for a speedy recovery and no more hiccups along the way…

  5. You know you’re “scarily ill” when they start handing out poisons to make you better!

  6. Well done UHDD! Thank goodness you spotted it and acted promptly.Scary stuff…

    • I think it was the fact that he has had no pain from the knee injury, despite its gruesomeness other than the cricket splint being a bit uncomfortable. So when he said he’d got cramp and tenderness in an area that hadn’t taken any of the impact was the thing that made me concerned, it just seemed odd. We debated whether or not it was a result of being ‘mauled about’ in theatre but I wasn’t convinced.

  7. Serious indeed, and just what Mr UHDD didn’t need on top of his injury! xx

  8. Once again, definitive proof that Mr. Uhdd has been fortunate in love. It pretty much makes up for his propensity to abuse his appendages.

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  10. Well spotted and the only way now is UP, then Spud will be happy. He is probably miserable because Mr UHDD is ill. Dogs always know somehow.

  11. I’ve just read about the accident; – what a terrible bad luck. I wish your husband all the best, and a fast recovery.

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