Not Out of the Woods Yet

As you may have read below, I am back in the hospital with multiple blood clots.  I had just gotten home from a week in the hospital when my left leg became extremely painful and swollen up like Aunt Marge in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Being a male,  I naturally thought the best course of action would be to ignore it.  Fortunately my amazing fiance, Sayer, decided to call the doctor (the third time she’s saved my life), who called me and insisted I come in to have it examined.  I learned that a high risk of blood clots is one of the bonus features included with chemotherapy at no extra charge.

It turns out that a blood clot is much more serious than I thought,and apparently, at least in my case, extremely difficult to treat.  I’m now into my second week in the hospital and still don’t know when I can go home.  On the positive side, while I’ve been here Dr. X examined a blood sample and found no cancerous cells.  That’s pretty important because my last scheduled inpatient chemotherapy session was supposed to start this week, and due to the blood clots and the medicines I’ve been taking for them, I’m not going to be in good enough shape to go back into chemo.

Right now I’m just trying to stay positive and think of this as just another bump in the road.  Thanks to everyone following this blog, and especially thanks to Sayer for saving me once again.


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4 Responses to Not Out of the Woods Yet

  1. Howard says:

    Sorry to hear that news Smeech. I know how much you were looking forward to getting back on track. Fight the clot. Beat the clot.

    I will re-program you when this is behind you. Your new regimen does not include Harry Potter … sorry.

    • Christopher Smyczek says:

      Howard, don’t worry, I’ll get through this one too. I’m still working on Sayer about that Texas road trip. You have a passport?

  2. Best Friend says:

    Dear Best Friend,

    Are you afraid that the blog will get stale should you fail to stock it with medical emergencies? I promise, we’ll keep reading it even without dangerous setbacks. Really.

    Rest up and have a heart-to-heart with your circulatory system about its failure to live up to expectations. I hope that you feel better soon.

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