Jesse L. Posted April 20, 2021 Share Posted April 20, 2021 I can't believe this... So, two weeks after my first infusion of Carboplatin/Alimta and things are happening; unfortunately none of them good. First off, my Oncologist had me scheduled for a heart monitor because I had stated that I had two instances since this all started (12/15/20) where my heart seemed to be racing, just for a minute or two but racing nonetheless. So on 4/15 I got this heart monitor about the size of an old flip phone with 4 leads that attach to replaceable stickie clips on the torso. Oh sure they told me I could take the "octopus" off and take a shower daily, but what a pain in the a**. Not only that, but I'm forever changing the battery because the monitor sends a signal constantly (same as a cell phone) and since I live in a lousy cell signal area, the battery don't last but 18 hours tops. Now imagine this; the first day I get the thing it wakes me up in the early morning with an alarm because the battery was low... On top of all this they tell me it's necessary to wear this thing for thirty days in order to be able to catch any AFIB instances. A pain in the a** is an understatement!!! Secondly, this last Friday night my left leg below the knee starts swelling up just like what happened when I developed a Bakers cyst on the back of the knee in later 2013. Back then I had called the VA Nurse Line and they told me to come to Milwaukee (100 miles away) immediately and get checked by ultrasound for DVT (apparently very dangerous). Well it wasn't DVT then but rather a torn meniscus and frayed cartilage which I later got fixed through scoping that knee. So I'm thinking this time it's either the chemotherapy has caused another Bakers cyst or my knee is blown again. This morning I call my chemotherapy nurse navigator and she gets my PCP to authorize x-rays for my knee at the Green Bay VA Clinic (much closer, only 30 miles). OK...so I go to the clinic today and get my knee x-rayed right away and while I was there they also required to just do a quick ultrasound to make sure it wasn't DVT. I got done with the ultrasound just after 4 in the afternoon and as I was leaving the clinic parking lot, I got a call from the Milwaukee VA telling me I had DVT and I had to get to an ER ASAP. So, I coordinate with the Milwaukee VA to go to the Aurora Hospital ER closest to where I live. I get there and long story short I am now taking ELIQUIS as a blood thinner to resolve the clot in my leg. I was informed by the ER Dr. that cancer and or chemotherapy or both can cause blood clots. Oh great...now I have to be concerned about that as well... Of course now when I complain to the VA that they always jump to tne worst possible scenario, they'll quickly point out this instance. WT*, I can't win!! And lastly, as if my leg wasn't bothersome enough, I had a filling in my teeth break on Saturday night. Of course I inform my Nurse Navigator at the Green Bay VA of this and she tells me that will have to be fixed before chemotherapy can continue. Now here's the problem... The tooth in which the filling came from is so minimal that it most likely will not be able to be fixed again. There will be no choice then but to pull the tooth. And this should be great with me now being on a blood thinner... I asked the ER Dr. if that would be a problem with me being on ELIQUIS now, but she stated it would be alright excepting that it would bleed a little longer. So luckily enough I was able to schedule an appointment with my dentist for tomorrow morning. My teeth are not great and as such this will be the second tooth he will have to pull. I will admit though he is fast and good at it even though I just shiver at going to the dentist, any dentist for any reason, period!! I swear if there is one more thing that can go wrong, it probably will. Between the cancer, DVT, and maybe AFIB I've got to wonder if I'm going to make it another year. It just grates me that as of 12/14/20 I was healthy as as can be and since then I don't know what happened. I mean I'm 64 and not 84...but at this rate I'm getting a lot older by leaps and bounds daily! WT*!!!😡 islandgirls, ChiMama and Tom Galli 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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