Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Update on My Dad

I spoke with his girlfriend and my Uncle today and the outlook is a lot better than it was last night. He had a Pulmonary Embolism which is a blood clot in the lungs and is very common in lung cancer patients. It's caused by tissue or tumor pieces getting caught in the lungs and is more likely to happen when one is sedentary, which he has been a lot since his visit to see me.

He's in the hospital and they have him on a heparin drip and on Coumadin, which is a pill for blood thinning - the two are pretty much always used in concert with one another. He will probably be in the hospital for a few days for observation and they are finding him a pulmonary specialist.

I am both relieved and a little bit ready to strangle him, if only because he really should be speaking to his doctor sooner when he's in as much pain as he's been in. But he's got that stubborn manly pride thing going on. But mainly I am glad that what is going on is treatable and he'll live for me to nag and love him awhile longer.

Thanks for all your good thoughts and support, I really appreciate it.


At 7/30/2008 8:06 PM , Blogger Lee said...

Glad it ain't as dire.

At 8/04/2008 10:16 AM , Blogger misty L said...

I hope he's doing better xoxoxoxo


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