Monday, September 10, 2007

Back To the Doctor We Go...

Today my Dad began having extreme leg pain in his left calf muscle. It got to the point where he was limping and noticed that the calf was swollen. I am very proud of him for listening to his body and taking these symptoms seriously. He called my Mom at work and told her about his leg. After calling his Oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance it was decided that he needed to get to a hospital immediately. Dad was given an ultrasound and it was discovered that he had a blood clot behind his left knee. We immediately got him down to the SCCA where they gave him a shot in his belly. Mom has to get him back to the hospital tomorrow so that he can get another shot and so the doctor can teach Mom how to give him the belly shots at home.

A very sweet friend of Amy's named Melana lives in a nice condo in Seattle, close to SCCA, and offered to let my parents stay at her place tonight so they wont have to make that long trip again tomorrow morning. They felt like they were invading her space but she promised them that it was her pleasure to turn her condo over to them for the night. We are blessed to have such great friends in our lives. Thanks again Melana!

We will keep you posted on the outcome of tomorrows visit to the doctor.

I love you more than my lawn needs mowing-

Dreaming Big,


Anonymous said...

Schmitts -

Thoughts and prayers, we love you all.

Tanya said...

Hi there! As this may seem strange coming from a complete stranger...i feel strange writing this to you. I came across your blog through Shelly Mauss's blog, who is a friend of my hula sister, Kili. Anyhoo, my mom has been battling thyroid cancer for almost 2 1/2 years now & when they diagnosed her then, it had already traveled to her lungs. So she has always been at a Stage 4 in cancer since we've known about it. My coming across your blog, can't be a simple coincidence. My husband has a friend at work who is a cancer survivor...for 12 years now & has been telling my husband for weeks now that my mom needed to go to the Fred Hutchinson clinic to get a 2nd opinion. She is currently with Group Health. While I'm ok with their efforts in getting her through this, I feel that there's better out there. All day today, I had been meaning to check out the FH website & even a commercial came on about it during Oprah today. And so I jumped on the computer, did some research & sent them an email about what I should do regarding getting my mom in to see someone. Then while blog-stalking, Shelly's page, I came across yours & yours mentions the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which I saw works hand in hand with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I just feel that someone is telling me something, and so here I am writing to you. I'd like to ask you how you came in contact with the SCCA, did you go straight there or were you referred? I'd love to get as much information from you as possible, that is if you'd care to share. Thank you so much for your time.

Tanya Jose :)