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!