Monday, June 8, 2009

Update on Don

Don started his new dosage of medicine about 2 weeks ago. He goes in every Monday to have his blood drawn and so far, everything seems to be doing okay. Although he bruises very easily, he is not having nose bleeds or any other bleeding problems to date.

Tomorrow he is going to have an MRI done on his liver. It is no secret. They are checking for malignant tumors. He is very high risk for these and if he gets one, they want to find it when it is small and they can do something about it!

Now - let me tell you about something that happened this weekend. My dear husband has been suffering terribly with leg cramps. It is a common side effect from the medication he is on and I know how awful they can be. I suffered with these during my pregnancies off and on. Don though seems to have to deal with them on a daily basis and they are closer to Charlie Horses than just cramps.

Yesterday, while I was taking my riding lesson, Don decided to not only clean the back room (where his cats live) but to also put some boxes into the attic. When I got home I was putting a horse into an outdoor pen and Don came out to help me. He reached over the fence to hold another horse, to keep him from bothering me until I had unhooked my horse. The horse Don was holding yanked his head straight up into the air, causing Don to go up onto his toes and losing contact with the horse. His elbow hit one of the fence boards and he flew backwards. I looked over at him and hurried to release my horse and get the gate closed and locked behind me. At that very same time, he got cramps in both of his calves. The cramps caused him to collapse to the ground and he was unable to get back up. I looked at him again only to see him laying contorted on the ground on his back with both legs up behind him, toes pointed towards the back of his head. He made some excruciating noises which made me think he was having a seizure. I got over to him just as he was regaining a position to be able to work the cramps out, but still unable to stand. It was very frightening for both of us... We later discovered a veritable 'goose egg' hematoma on his elbow too.

Sometimes it feels like the medicine is as much an enemy as the disease!

11 comments:

Nina Diane said...

oh no! I know that had to have scared ya'll so much...I hope Don will be better soon. I too suffered with those leg cramps during my pregnancy and the only thing that worked to keep them under control was taking extra calcium pills. hugs and prayers....

Helen said...

Though this must be hard to write, through your posts we are able to understand what's going on and are able to send you tons of support, love and hope.

vivian said...

eiy yie yie! poor Don. I used to get leg cramps alot. now I get foot cramps all the time! I dont know why. I try to eat alot of bananas because I've read that potassium helps, but I dont think the bananas help. How scarey for him with the horse incident. And, I know sometimes after you have them, your legs hurt for days after.
hugs!
vivian

Kat said...

How scary AND painful! I pray his test results will show no tumors.

I know all about the evil side effects of medicine. I have a friend who has MS and has to take soooo much medicine it is amazing. She has to take medicine to help or eliminate symptons from the first medicine. Crazy!

Hugs!
Kat

Kaede said...

In North Carolina there is a radio show called "The Peoples Pharmacy". It is run by real pharmacists. One of the home remedies they have found to be worthy while for leg cramps is a bar of soap (such as Ivory) under the bed sheet. It works wonders for some folks.

Neabear said...

Whoa! That must have been so scary. I had leg cramps while I was pregnant too. I remember having sore legs the next day when that happens. I hope things are better soon.

bj said...

Oh, bless his heart. Yes, sometimes the meds really play havoc with our bodies. Praying things look good after the MRI...
xo bj

Ginger said...

I hope the MRI comes out negative for tumors. Sure don't need any more problems. That is so scary about the leg cramps and collasping like that. I know how painful it can be. Don probably has them worse than I do. I get leg cramps during the night when I am asleep, they hurt so bad. The next day my calves will still be so sore.
Keep us posted....

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

God bless Don and you, Julie. I also pray for good test results.

Em said...

Jeeze-oh-pete, poor daddy!
Gosh when it rains on him it poors hard core. Well, I really hope that things start looking better. Sometimes you start to wonder what the hell you did to deserve that kind of pain. I just hope things start to turn around for him. Tell daddy I love him. Hope he can come up in a month with you.
Em

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh poor Don! I feel just awful for him, it breaks my heart. I am so sorry Julie, for both of you to have to go through this. You are both always in my prayers!
Love and hugs,
Amy