Thursday, October 31, 2013
I feel much better today for several reasons. My DH lost his patience with the surgeon and talked with the case manager to find out more about his situation. She finally explained, he did not feel my husband had a blood clot as was expected. To give the rest of the story I will try to make this long story as short as possible. My DH had a blockage of his Subclavian Artery in his neck at the same location as the Brachial Plexus which controls our entire upper body. He had a bad motorcycle accident 3 years before the blockage and fractured the clavicle which sits below to the Subclavian artery and the Brachial Plexus. He was treated and let go thinking all was well.
Three years later he is backpacking in the Amazon forest in South America and his fractured clavicle that had splinters caused hisSubclavian artery to clot (thrombois). His arm became paralyzed. He thought this might be a temporary paralysis, so he gave it a couple days. (Sounded crazy to me!) He let the witch doctors do their magic, HA, HA! He flew back home, where he graduated from Medical school and felt very comfortable with the surgeons. He underwent 28 hrs of surgery with a plateput into the clavile and 6 feet of Saphenous vein tissue grafted from both of his legs. After two failed attempts and no more veinous tissue to use, the third bypass was successful. Unfortunately he was in congestive heart failure and developed a massive pressure sore on his back, but he was alive! He was rolled into recovery and that's when things got bad. His arm developed what is called a Compartment Syndrome which is a fatal condition. He went back to surgery for a Fasciotomy or a cut that is done from the elbow down to the wrist. He spent several critical days in the ICU but he was young and healthy and quickly got better.
I met him for the first time when they rolled him into my clinic with an arm that weighed 50 lbs, a Brachial plexus paralysis, repaired clavical, congestive heart failure, pressure sore on his back, over 6 feet of lacerations on both legs and an open wound from his elbow down to his hand. The first thing he said to me was "have you ever seen a train wreck?" Since he was an Emergency Room physician, he well aware of the consequences of all his injuries. He was well medicated and did well until I got into all my tests. The sensory test was the one that brought home the reality of the severity of his condition. He had tears in his eyes and then he said I will never be able to practice medicine again. We worked long and hard for 3 months and then he was discharged home with a long road left to recover. He was indpendent in his self care and ADLs so he was good to go. He had residual loss of sensation in his left arm and paralysis of his fingers. He returned to his home in Florida but invited me to go on a trip to Thialand. Several months later we spend a month with 4 others on a sailing trip. The rest is history and now you know the rest of this amazingly happy story!
So 16 years later, he sees what looked very much like a blood clot on two different medical tests. Thanks to all the prayers and God's divine intervention all is good!