- “When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Matthew 8:5-8 NIV
I received another call from the PA at the cancer center letting me know that she had just received the test results from Saturday. She explained that she didn’t tealize how large the DVT actually was before receiving the ultrasound. She let me know that she had forwarded my results to her colleagues who are vascular surgeons to get their input on whether a catheter-type of operation to remove the clots would be appropriate. She also explainef that because of the size of the DVT, it is possible some could break off and result in a pulmonary embolism (PE). She also reminded me that PEs have the possibility of causing death. So at the first system suggesting a PE, I should go to the hospital immediately.
I did a little research on surgical options for removing a DVT, and although they aren’t the default option for treating DVT’s (treating with anticoagulants), there are two techniques. Both techniques use a catheter (thin hollow tube) to eliminate the clots. Additionally, both use a form of X-ray with contrast.
The first method consists of inserting the catheter next to the blood clot. Once the catheter is in place, anticoagulants are then provided directly to the clot via the catheter. Avcording to what I read, this procedure requires hospitilizatiin of 3-5 days because it takes that kind of time to eleminate the clot.
The second method positions the catheter roughly the same way as the first. However, once it is in place, the catheter is used to guide tools to remove the clot. With this option, most patients are released the same day (according to the web site I was reading).
I received a call about an hour later explaining I was scheduled for a consult with the vascular surgeons tomorrow at 11:30 AM.
The irony is that after the call, the clots appear to finally be responding to the anticoagulants that Dena injects into me twice a day. I know it must be thinning my blood pretty good because I am bruising incredibly easily. Of course, that could be a double edged sword because the activity of the anticoagulant may encourage a piece to break off.
As you might imagine, I have spent this afternoon evaluating every feeling, pain, and cough, as well as finding I regulate my breathing anytime I check on it. The good news is God is an awesome God — the same God who created the earth and all below and above it simply by speaking them into existence! I know He can and will protect me through this.