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Yesterday, Dad's leg (that has been causing him so much pain in the last two weeks after the chemo/zometa) is now swelling. The nurse told Jane to increase the coumadin (has been on since pin placed in last fall) and elevate the leg, I guess they suspect a clot (I'm surprised the Doc didn't hospitalize???). The swelling has come down some and Jane is waiting for the nurse to call shortly. Dad has an appointment for tomorrow AM to try & do chemo again since he couldn't last week due to pain.

His mobility is down to occasional bathroom visits since the leg pain has elevated - this worries me.

I was reading throughout the message boards yesterday and had to leave :cry: - many have been lost recently. My prayers are with their families.

My five year old daughter said the most beautiful prayer for her grandpa last night.. went something like this "god, I love my grandpa Jerry so, so much, please make his pain better so he doesn't have to hurt anymore" .... that is my prayer too!

Brenda

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I'm with Lori. if they think it's a clot, he should be seen asap. my mother had a doctor tell her to wait, I took her to the hospital anyway and, sure enough, there was a clot. you are seeing a doctor tomorrow, which is good, but if you opted to go sooner, I wouldn't disagree.

hope you get some good answers and effective treatment.

I am also once-bitten after my mom's experience with blood thinners. make sure they're keeping a close eye on that.

xoxo

amie

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Amie, was your Mother's stroke from the bloodthinners? That is scary. I haven't checked back on Dad since this morning so I'm not sure if the Docs are still saying wait until tomorrow. I probably would have heard if they were off to the hospital. I have my fingers crossed and will pray tonight for a good Doc visit tomorrow (that would mean chemo accomplished and some resolution on the leg -- I would think they would want to see where the clot is, how big, etc...through ultrasound). Also, I read that upper leg swelling (like Dad's with swelling also into the groin area) would say that he is a greater risk for pulminary embolism if anything were to break free than if the swelling was in the lower leg.

I worry that they don't see the situation as an "emergency" just because he is a stage iv cancer patient.

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My husbands left foot was swelling on the third week of chemo. I called the onc and he asked me to take him to the hospital immediately where he fax an order for ulta sound. This is serious stuff and blood clot is not something to wait and see. Luckily my husbands blood was clean as a river according the tech no was looking the screen. His swelling was due to anemia or chemo side effects. It's always good to stay ahead and save your self some worries and dad some relief from pain.

God Bless

Malou

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My husbands left foot was swelling on the third week of chemo. I called the onc and he asked me to take him to the hospital immediately where he fax an order for ulta sound. This is serious stuff and blood clot is not something to wait and see. Luckily my husbands blood was clean as a river according the tech no was looking the screen. His swelling was due to anemia or chemo side effects. It's always good to stay ahead and save your self some worries and dad some relief from pain.

God Bless

Malou

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