I seem to be hitting every low odds, weird, extreme symptom or outcome with this damn breast cancer. Triple negative, which is a less common form of breast cancer. Extreme side effects to the Taxol. Recurrence after zero positive nodes when I had the surgery. Chemo resistant cancer.
And presenting the new problem du jour: deep vein thrombosis.
DVT is a know, lesser side effect of the Avastin, but it can also be caused by the cancer itself. It all started with the PICC line. It was put in on Friday, I had chemo on Monday, and by Wednesday I knew that there was something wrong with it. On Thursday I had it removed, with a plan to put in a new one this coming Tuesday in time for my next chemo appointment. But the pain didn’t go away, the swelling got worse, and I started to have massive bruising up and down my arm, shoulder, and chest. Perhaps more telling, I had nightmares all night that something was wrong with my arm. So blah blah blah, urgent care clinic on a holiday weekend, ultrasound, back to clinic, there’s a blood clot. Then a shot of blood thinner, two more tomorrow, starting on Coumadin on Tuesday when I’m due to get a new PICC line and my doctors are all back at work.
So maybe it’s time to start investing in lottery tickets. I think that it’s time for me to start getting some fabulous payouts with this luck of mine, not just more and more diagnoses.