Thursday, September 22, 2011

Update!

I know, it's been a long time since I've updated.  I'm sorry!

My bionic hip is coming along nicely.  The last pic I took of the bump was about a week ago...and to be honest I don't feel like stripping my pants off to take a new picture.  The hematoma is still there, but considerably smaller. It also doesn't hurt, and that's always good.


I went to see both my ortho surgeon and my oncologist today.  My ortho looked at the x-rays I did while in Emerg earlier this month and said everything looked fine.  He also said the hematoma as well as the scar are both looking good.  I will see him again in November.  But for now, I'm allowed to walk around my house without a cane.  I will keep up with the physio and eventually move on to out-patient physio.  When I walk without my cane, I still limp a bit.  My ortho said that this was normal and that would eventually go away.  After all, it has only been about a month since I had the surgery. Below is a picture of my x-ray.  Kinda cool looking I think.


When I saw the oncologist, I definitely got some good news.  The oncologist told me that when I had the hip replacement surgery done, the bone that was removed was sent off to the lab to be tested. Considering the fact that there is much myeloma talk about my bone marrow and such, I felt that this was an excellent idea. I actually had no idea that this had been done or that they were even thinking of doing that until my oncologist mentioned it.  She went on to tell me that the bone was completely clear of any abnormalities.  Excellent news.

She also told me that my blood work was steady-no major changes.  Also great news.  She said that she would have no problem with me going ahead with the kidney transplant. Of course, it's necessary for all of us who are involved to know what the risks are in terms of whether these abnormal cells do turn into something other than just a "smoldering myeloma".  But she is confident about the available treatments for myeloma should they be necessary, and she does not feel that they would interfere with my kidney transplant.  Great news!

The first thing I did was bbm my brother to tell him the great news. He's just as anxious to donate his kidney to me as I am to receive it.  He was pleased to hear the news.

After these appointments, myself and my father met up with Julie, my transplant coordinator.  We had already planned to meet for coffee previously.  I was happy and excited to share my news with her.  She told me that once my oncologist's report comes through, the transplant team would review all of my information and make a decision about transplant.  That might take a week or two.  That doesn't bother me too much as I am still recovering from the hip replacement surgery anyways.  All I know is that I am stupid excited about hopefully getting this transplant done.

I hope this time is my time.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hematoma today

It's still the same size :/

-Florence T.
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Hematoma Madness!

So of course my recovery from hip replacement surgery couldn't just be...."smooth".  Nope.

Two days before this incident, I took a picture of my thigh.  It looks fine here, but in retrospect, I can kinda see a bump forming on my thigh below the steri-strips.  Take into account that I have ZERO hips.



On labour day, my father and I went out for breakfast.  When I woke up that day, I noticed a small bump on my leg below the incision.  Nothing major-barely noticeable. So Dad and I went out for breakfast, and then to the mall.  Dad wheeled me around in the wheelchair.

When we got home, I got into bed and started doing some homework. My brother had come over for a visit and was in my room.  When he was there, I happened to glance at my leg again.  The bump was bigger.  I asked my brother, who was at least 6 feet away from me, if he could see the bump on my thigh.  He said that he could.  He suggested that it was perhaps just my leg healing.  When he left, I decided to take a picture of the bump.


I told my Dad about it and showed the bump to him.  We both decided that we should have a medical professional look at it, so Dad called my uncle (ER Nurse who also removed my staples) to take a look.  My uncle got to my house in about 20 minutes.

After examining the bump, he said that he felt that it was a hematoma.  It being labour day and after 6pm, he suggested that I go to get it checked out the following day.  I agreed.

Shortly after my uncle left, the bump REALLY started to hurt.  My mom wondered if it was because the bump had just been poked and prodded for the last half an hour.  I didn't know...all  I knew was that it hurt.  I took another picture and compared the two.  The bump had gotten noticeably larger.

That's it...we're going to emerg..now.

When Dad and I got there, it was quite (and shockingly) empty.  I got called in after about 5 minutes.  When the doctor finally looked at it, she agreed that she thought it might be a hematoma, but would need to do an ultrasound to confirm.  Unfortunately, there were no ultrasound techs available that day so I'd have to come back tomorrow.  She put my name in the book for 9am.  A transporter came to wheel me to x-ray.

When I got to x-ray, the two x-ray techs had me bend and pose in uncomfortable and down right painful ways.  I was on the brink of tears as the transporter wheeled me back to my space in the ER.  I was paralyzed with pain.  The doctor, who had already authorized a 1mg pill of morphine, told the nurse to give me another dose as I was clearly still in pain. I received the second dose (it didn't help either).

The doctor gave us a prescription for more morphine and sent us on our way to return in the morning.  Thankfully the pharmacy was open and I was able to get the medication.  Unthankfully...the medication did nothing for me and I whimpered in pain all night.

The following day, my sister took me back to emergency.  I had the ultrasound done by the tech.  A doctor came in moments later to look himself.  He asked me if I had had any trauma to the area, such as a fall, a bump,etc.  I hadn't.  He found it odd that such a hematoma would appear without trauma.  *shrugs*.

Back to emergency now.  The doctor saw me and wanted to do blood work.  I was sitting in the ER hallway when a nurse came up to me with tubes and a needle, ready to draw blood.  I asked her if she planned on drawing the blood right here in the hallway and she said yes.  "Interesting..." I said, as I found it odd to draw blood in the middle of a hallway with tons of people scurrying about.  My sister piped up and stated that it would be preferable if we could take the blood in the adjacent EMPTY room. "Uh..sure.  If that's what you want" the nurse said.  Oh brother.

Anyhow, in the meantime, the ER Doctor called the ortho doctor.  When the ortho doctor (Andrew) came in, he looked at my thigh and said he was going to speak to my surgeon.  He returned shortly after and said he was going to have my take anti-inflammatory pills.  He also gave me 2 oxycodone pills as well as a prescription.  These pills definitely helped with the pain.  He said that if the swelling did not go down after a couple of days, I should come back.  He said that he did not want to tap the hematoma right away, as infection is always a concern when it comes to tapping.  I kinda wish they would tap it-just get all the junk outta there and let's go!

The following day, the bump looked more or less the same, and it still looks the same today.  I'm hoping the anti-inflammatory drugs kick in soon.


I will keep you posted about my hematoma madness!
 
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