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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The good news is that the MRI of my liver showed that the spot there is gone! The surgeon at Vanderbilt decided not to do the surgery and said this is a good thing.

The bad news is that my INR level was too low this time, so I started back on the Warfarin, but in a lower dose. Then on Friday my right arm started hurting very bad when I would use my shoulder to lift it. It was harsh pain too. It lasted all day and night. Then I woke up on Saturday with my left leg the same way. I was unable to lift my leg from the hip at all. And I mean using a towel to lift my leg to get into the car to go to the ER.

I had ultrasound and x-ray for blood clots or whatever else. They turned up negative. But they found an extremely low INR. So they prescribed the Lovenox shots twice a day. Now I give myself shots again twice as often. No reason for the arm and leg problems were found. The doctor said the best case scenario is that it is the neuropathy getting worse from the platinum-based chemo. I guess…

Ups and Downs

It has been a couple of rough weeks. It started with a portagram that showed a blood clot on the upper portion of my port. We had to discontinue using the port and start using Luvenox shots that I had to give myself in my belly. Then I started Warfarin pills to get rid of the clot. During my first blood test afterward, it showed my blood was too thin. I had developed bruising on my arms where injections and chemotherapy had been done (from not being able to use the port). The week was filled with chemotherapy, visit to the surgeon at Vanderbilt, and numerous blood tests. I think I was stuck 6 or 7 times in all.

Because of not being able to use the port my chemotherapy was cut to only Oxaliplatin, plus the pills that are taking place of the 5-FU. The Avastin and Fusilev was dropped a month ago in preparation for the liver resection.

The surgeon at Vanderbilt wanted more information before even discussing surgery. He wanted an MRI, which I had on Friday. He also wants all previous CT a…