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straydog
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   Posted 3/17/2011 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Just a quick note, my husband was put in the hospital late Monday afternoon for a blood clot in his leg. They are giving him two shots in his stomach every morning. The dr says the medicine in these shots is a very potent blood thinner. He may be sent home giving himself these shots per the dr. His diabetes is really running way too high.

He must be feeling a little better last night he was griping about everything, lol. Will say this, so far he has received very good care and not a bad nurse yet. We shall see how it goes.
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   Posted 3/17/2011 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 
      Stray, I had a shot like this when I had my heart attack in 2002, and they also put it into my stomach area. I'm guessing it is Coumadin? It was a $1000 a pop and I recieved it once a day in the morning for four days.
 
       Hope he does well, and give him our best wishes!
 
           Not good when both husband and wife are in the medical pit!
 
      If he is grumpy, I guess that is a good sign. smilewinkgrin
 
 
         Take care, and again best wishes to you both.
 
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   Posted 3/17/2011 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I am praying for you both. May he have a quick recovery to health.
I agree with SE! If he is grumpy, its a good sign.

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   Posted 3/17/2011 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I's so sorry, and I hope he recovers well.

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   Posted 3/17/2011 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish your husband (and of course your whole family) a speedy recovery and an excellent hospital stay. I pray all of the nurses will continue to give wonderful care and to have positive attitudes. It makes it so much nicer for everyone when the staff is pleasant!

All my best!
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   Posted 3/17/2011 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
med is probably lovenox. Can later be changed to oral coumadin. ONE thing do not use GENERIC coumadin, always buy namebrand coumadin, it is not expensive.

straydog
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   Posted 3/17/2011 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the well wishes. I forgot to mention he has been on Coumidin for years but he had some oral surgery and they required he go off of it a few days before the surgery. He forgot to go back on it afterwards and look at what he has to deal with now. I am thinking it was about a month that he was off of it.

I remember the first time they ever gave me the shot in the stomach, I panicked major, bu then I am terrified of needles too.
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   Posted 3/17/2011 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
sending prayers for a speedy recovery.

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   Posted 3/17/2011 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Straydog
 
I sure hope he is alright,  sounds like he is getting Heparin injections, they always give those in the stomach, an that is a pretty potent anticoagulant. They often give that in the hospital and then wean the patient off of it and on to Warfarin  to take while they are at home. Anyway it is not all that uncommon to have to give Heparin injections at home, I have seen many patients have to go home and do that, they have to be taught how to do it, and as scarry as it looks it really is not that bad to have to do! Most patients can master the technique in just a few lessons.  And if they can't then sometimes a home health care nurse will be required to come and give them!
 
Thanks for the post, and please keep us up dated. I wish you both well!
 
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   Posted 3/17/2011 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Susie...
 
Prayers going out to you and your husband!  Ohhh, those stomach injections (lovenox/heparin) hurt...but are really important.  I've had many a bruised tummy from those. 
 
Anyway, please keep us updated... Thinking of you and your hubby tonight... --Tina
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   Posted 3/17/2011 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
 
   Dear Susie,
 
    I am so very sorry he is in the hospital. I am sure you are worried to no end! Blood clots in leg is very serious. I hope they are able to get everything under control. Please be sure to look after yourself as well. Rest when you are able to! You and your family will be in my family prayers. Hang in there and stay strong!!!
 
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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
There is another coudamin/heparin type medication that you give into the stomach as well. I had to give those shots to myself when I was on bed rest at home during my pregnancies. It is called Lovenox. It is much safer than coumadin and heparin.
I hope that your husband is feeling a lot better Stray and that he is home and his blood sugars much more normalized in a day or so. Glad that he is getting good care though while he's there. You make sure to take it easy yourself though too and take good care of both of you.
Sending hugs your way,
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   Posted 3/18/2011 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Susie~

I too am so sorry you and your sweetheart are having to deal with this. He might be a bit frustrated with himself for not remembering to take the medication. May be where some of that grumpiness is coming from. You tell him that if he doesn't stop being grouchy that about 35 gorgeous ladies from the forum and a dozen 'kick-toosh' good-looking men are headed his way to straighten out that attitude of his. He best get himself better so he can get home and start pampering you again. It's not just his job, it's his humble honor to love and take care of you. smilewinkgrin

I do wish the both of you well...
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   Posted 3/18/2011 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Thinking of you both...

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   Posted 3/18/2011 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope that he comes home soon.

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   Posted 3/18/2011 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   

So sorry to hear about hubby.

None of the anti-coags should ever be stopped without a taper off of them as this can and usually is the result! I dont know if I would tell him "I told you so" until he is in a better mood though. nono   LOL

One thing I can pretty much bet is after those horrid injections with the bruising that follows in that area? He aint likely to forget again. Ouch.

Heres hoping he gets home soon.


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   Posted 3/18/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
You're in my thoughts and prayers, StrayDog ... hopefully this will clear up soon so he can be back at home where he belongs. Hopefully he's not kickin' himself to much for forgetting to go back on his meds, but I bet it's the only time he'll forget to do that again.

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   Posted 3/18/2011 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Prayers and well wishes that he's getting better and back home soon...
Keep us posted when you can...
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Straydog and Family)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Lots of healing Hugz....

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   Posted 3/20/2011 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Straydog I hope your husband is home and feeling better now. Those shots sound painful. I know the first time I had to take an insulin shot, I was scared to death. I thought it was going to be painful, but it's not. I've never had any other kind of shot in my stomach though. I'm sending you and your family hugs. Take care of you too, ok? Hopefully he'll be back to par really soon.

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   Posted 3/20/2011 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Again, thanks for the well wishes and prayers. He was released Friday afternoon from the hospital. They did get his blood thinned and so he dodged the bullet of having to mess with the shots. He is on insulin so he quite use to shots in the stomach. But, he does have the thickest blood of anyone I know. They always have a big problem getting it right, takes a lot of time and effort. He will be seeing his PCP Mon/Tuesday. His leg is better as far as the pain goes and he is walking better than he was. The clot ran from his groin down to the back of his knee, quite large is how they termed it.

He can be very foolish when it comes to his health, he does not like to listen to the drs. He thinks he is smarter than them in most cases, he is on Coumidin for a heart condition. He is now on insulin because he would not take the oral meds when dx'd w/type2 diabetes. It is not a denial thing with him either, he just does not listen. His sugar was over 600 when he got put on insulin, they told him if it ever got that high again to call an ambulance. I have been thru a lot of health crisis with him in the past few years all because of bad choices and being bull headed on his part. Each time it has cost him in the health department. I asked him one time what it was going to take for him to listen once in awhile to these drs. He is a very intelligent man but stupid when it comes to his health.

I fell here at the house twice while he was in there, once I hit my head, the second fall I landed and hit my left hip and left knee. I have a nice knot on my forehead thankfully no black eye. Both are swollen and my hip is just black & blue. So, I am laying low, spent most of today in bed. Now, I am walking like Chester with a limp. Falling on ceramic tile is just too hard on this old body.

So, we shall see how things go from here.
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   Posted 3/20/2011 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
OMG! You needed that Im sure. Just be sure and watch those bruises and the goose egg,I know unlike "hubby" you will get seen if any symptoms arise out of those falls that dont seem right? Right?

Take it easy and I will be hoping for you to feel better soon.
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   Posted 3/20/2011 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   

 

 Dear Susie,

   Oh it so good to hear from you! I must admit I was getting worried! It is good to hear that your husband is on the mend. Though I must say, he has one heck of a stubborn streak! It would be an easy thing to do! Listen and do the things the doctors are asking him to do. I can well imagine you have told him the same till you are blue in the face. With a little luck this time, it will have hit home with him! Not only is he stubborn but from the large area effected, his blood is just as stubborn too!

    Goodness, Susie, I cant believe you fell! The hip is a terrible place! I don't know how you are able to sit! It will likely take the better part of a month to get it healed. Do you think it might have been damaged in the fall, more so than inflamed and bruised? I hope not, but you never can tell with hips. Are you able to keep the swelling down enough to get a little rest?

     You have had looong week, no doubt. I am so glad your husband is home and safe. Don't forget to take care of yourself too! Know you are in our hearts!

*warm hugg*
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   Posted 3/20/2011 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Good afternoon Susie!

Well you just got hubby out of the Hospital, and me thinks your trying to get in! shocked

Of course we are all pleased to see him better, and I fully understand the stubbornness as I happen to live with one of those as well. wink


Like everyone else, I too, am concerned to hear of you falling, and the hip is a poor choice for an impact, but we don't get to pick that do we?

What concerns me more is that you hit your head, and as you know I especially cringe at this because of our loss of Privey. It was this very reason she is no longer here.

Please tell me you have someone checking on you daily! Were you using a cane or a walker? I know accidents happen, but you stated that you fell twice in one week. The first time I can see, but twice would alarm me.

Don't take a chance and brush it off. All of us here dont' want to see you hurt.

Now I know that everything I just said...you already know!....yep!...you're a smart little lady! smilewinkgrin So please understand our concern and plea for you to maybe get checked out. You did tell your hubby didn't you?

Take care, and do please be careful! wink


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