This post will be shorter since I’m taking time from when my arm should be raised to type instead. My healing path is unpredictable, with the latest being a thrombosis diagnosis yesterday. I had right arm pain and swelling Sunday night, and it was still there yesterday morning, so I called my oncologist’s office. They got me right in for an ultrasound which showed partial blockage in the subclavian vein, so with the thrombosis diagnosis, the doc wanted to see me. He says to keep my arm elevated and prescribed coumadin for the next six months as well as daily injections for the next 10 days. Apparently some people can give themselves injections, but not me! So a nurse friend is going to do that for me.
I’m getting another lesson in not having expectations. I thought this week would be the climb into feeling better. I certainly didn’t anticipate this diagnosis, though if the blood thinners do their thing, I’ll recover, and I can get off the coumadin for a few days and still have surgery in early December. I’m so glad Karla is here to help me through this. Yesterday was a long day for both of us. I’m learning to try to take each day with what it brings and not expect certain outcomes. And to enjoy the fall leaves which must be at peak right now. And to breathe – both in and out. And to get comfortable with unpredictability.