Thursday, February 07, 2008

Still here

Well, it's been a hell of a week and I am not at all certain I haven't been short changed in days, I am pretty sure I haven't had my full quota as I have got to the end of the week far too quickly. Still here I am; and here you are. I think the reason for the apparent speeding up of time is that I have been exceptionally busy but also that my mind has been very much focused on 'what the hell is going on with my leg?"

Well, I got the test results back from the Doctors and I haven't got DVT. Phew. Thank Goodness. I mean, they had me worried with dire warnings of pulmonary embolisms if the clot became dislodged through excessive wiggling of the foot and such like. So, now I know what it isn't, so what is wrong with my leg? I am giving it a day or so to see if it heals and then it's back to the doctors again as it feels like permanent cramp and it is not comfortable. I would not recommend it.

Thanks to all of you who popped by to offer me supportive comments. I appreciated it! And because the only other news I have involves work, work and more work, I haven't got much else to tell, however I will leave you with the following video. It is the trailer for the film 'Charlie Wilson's War' that I watched recemtly. I must say that this film was a very pleasant surprise. It was well written with humour and wit and well acted. It will probably not be remembered as one of the greatest films ever made but I thoroughly enjoyed it and fully intend to watch it again sometime. It's subject matter is interesting too, given the current world context. If it looks like your cup of tea, I would recommend it.

21 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I missed this whole thing with your leg; sorry to hear that. Have you had your potassium level checked? Can't hurt...

Linda said...

I'm glad that you don't have DVT...there is something else out there called PAD (peripheral arterial disease), but I'm not sure what the symptoms of that entail, and I'm going to assume that if you don't have DVT, PAD is along the same lines. The pain you mentioned is just like mine...a permanent cramp.

What my doc said to do was stay off it as much as possible (you read my blog, you KNOW that's not feasible with kids!), use alternating heat and ice, and an NSAID to relieve the pain. He said there was probably a small tear in the muscle, and it was causing the cramping/knotting and just needs several days rest. Don't know how much of that YOU can get, but you might try.

Still haven't heard from my doc, so I will assume it's not bad news. Guess I really should call....

R. Sherman said...

Great news. I hope whatever it is, is so mundane that it disappears in a few days.

Thanks for the movie recommendation.

Cheers

JAM said...

I'm sorry to hear about your problems with your leg. Not knowing is misery in itself to me. I tend to imagine the worst case scenario, until proven otherwise. No fun at all.

Hope you and the docs can find the problems and fix them.

Sleepypete said...

Like Susan says, might be worth checking out that Sodium/Potassium balance. The buildings we work in have really strange atmospheric conditions, it definitely dries me out and has me tending towards more cramps ...

If you haven't been banned from taking them, it might be worth hunting out some Ibuprofen too. When I broke my shoulder, the dislocation fixed pretty easily but the torn muscle didn't start healing until I went on anti-inflammatories. The anti-inflammatories gave the muscle enough chance to relax itself, so it wasn't making itself worse through clenching up.

Hope it fixes soon - continuous low level pain is far more wearing to the mental state than just simple broken bones.

utenzi said...

Congratulations on it not being DVT, BK, IMHO--actually I don't have an opinion, humble or otherwise, I just liked piling on the acronyms. :-)

I hope you or the medical folk are able to figure out what's causing the cramps soon. Those suckers hurt!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

So glad to read that you DON'T have DVT!!! Hooray for that! And I surely do understand your frustration in wanting to know what you DO Have...! Is it Potassium that they say we need more of if one has leg cramps? Banana's and maybe a supplement....It can't hurt to eat some Banana's....(lol) At least I hope not, my dear.
I will have to wait for the DVD on Charlie Wilson....!That is a bit frustrating, but, that is the way it is....! I hope you will have a lovely and somewhat relaxing Weekend!

michelle said...

I hope you find out what's going on with your leg. I'm glad it's not DVT (had to look that up!)
michele sent me!

Sarch said...

BK I'm glad you found out it isn't DVT....now lets get this thing figured out and fixed!

Carmi said...

Too many people I know are wrestling with health issues, scans, hospital visits and surgeries these days. So I'm relieved to see that you've apparently dodged this one.

I'm sorry for only finding out about it now. We've been challenged on our own end as well, so it's been a quiet blog week for me as I struggle to keep pace and maintain all the balls in the air. Not easy!

Popped by from Michele's on this blustery winter's day. I hope it's nicer in your corner of the Commonwealth.

Sleepypete said...

Carmi - The sunshine has been extremely golden on this fine afternoon ! (I work on the same site as CQ and Bobkat, although I've only met Bobkat a couple of times)

Clear blue skies, far too good to be stuck in work, so I nabbed a half day.

And now I think I'd better go quiet there before Bobkat finds out where I live from CQ and pays a visit to thump me.

kenju said...

I am relieved to know you haven't got DVT, Bob-kat, that's very good news!! I have one of those cramps in my left shoulder blade area, but I hope mine isn't truly permanent! (Yours either!)

Dianne said...

I'm relieved too Bobkat. I also share your frustration in not knowing what it is - I've been going round and round with some back/leg issues since November.

Have you tried those pressure socks? I used them for a while when my leg was swollen and cramping and they helped a lot.

Ask the Dr. first! - they can also cause problems if not used correctly - right pressure and such.

rashbre said...

I hope your leg sorts itself out soon.

I know others who have had this type of thing and its sometimes salt or hydration related.

When I had something like this back in the summer it was simply because I fell off my bicycle into a ditch - although it didn't really notice for a couple of days.

Your observation of this week is a little like mine - with things happening at a very high speed.

rashbre

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Hello my Dear....Michele sent me to see you this early morning here in WARM Los Angeles....(Air Horrible, though....) And I saw where you said Bob had a Hairball which awakened you....Poor you, and poor Bob, too.....I always feel so bad for Sweetie when he has one of those, but then I realize it is better for him that it is out of his tummy....lol! NOT Fun to clean up, depending on where that happens....! Was it on 'the bed'? I hope not.
Hope that cramping is getting a bit better, my dear....!

craziequeen said...

Damn - I missed out on Charlie Wilson's War....but I'll catch it sometime.....Michele sent me to say hi :-)

Glad to hear it's not DVT - but I'm thinking something stress-orientated, seeing as the strain you've been under lately.

Got a taster for Across the Universe on my bloggie today - got Thursday in my diary :-))

cq

utenzi said...

Michele almost sent me your way, B-K. Your former employee, CQ, jumped in front of me. Queues can be that way, I guess.

Good luck with your leg, B-K. While it's good to know it's not DVT that doesn't take away any of the pain. I hope you can solve the mystery soon.

Smiler said...

Congratulations on your negative test. That must be some big relief. I'm not one to suggest anything because I hate doctors and hospitals so much that I tend just just "wait for things to pass" which of course... is not necessarily the smartest thing to do but so far has worked in my favor most of the time.

That movie looks completely like my cup of tea - looks like an interesting storyline and the actor's aren't too bad either... ;-)

I used to think that being beyond busy at work was what made time go by faster, but I can't believe how quickly time has gone by in all the moths that I've been on leave from work. Go figure.

Shephard said...

Ya know, a couple years ago, I had leg issues... numbness and stiffness... it lasted a lot longer than I thought it would, and coincidently showed up after a transatlantic flight... but it wasn't DVT either. I began walking 2+ miles a day, and it went away. No way to say if that had anything to do with it going away (I doubt it did). It just went away.

Sending you good thoughts.
~S

Melody said...

Well, at least you had some good news (of sorts!) I remember always being told that if you get leg cramps it means you have a lack of salt (?) in your diet? Old wives tale or something. Who knows!

(Think we've worked out where abouts we're going and when, so I'll get back to you in the weeks to come in regards to a probable meeting!)

misti said...

Thats good news, get well soon girl.