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wolfen
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Please Everyone,

Let''s all focus our best vibes, thoughts, and prayers on Chelsea & Steve. He is in the hospital at this time with many complications.

We're sending our hearts and love your way, Chelsea.

Luv,

Wolfen

janie1
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Steve and Chelsea,
I am thinking of you and praying.

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Varmint5
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I am trying to catch up on reading some of the posts here - wow, Chelsea and Steve do have a lot going on. It's very concerning and I hope they find the problem and a solution very soon for his leg - sounds so scary. Joining you in sending love and prayers and good vibes to Chelsea and Steve. Hope to hear some better news soon.

Sandy

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LivinginNH
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Chels, you and Steve are in my thoughts, sending good vibes your way dear. 

Hugs (())

Cyn

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Phil64
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My thoughts and prayers are joined with yours, for Steve and Chels!

Chelsea71
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I'm so flattered that you started this thread, Wolfen. Thank you everyone for your well wishes and prayers. It has been a stressful time.

It's almost 2 am and I'm in Steves hospital room watching him sleep. It is a very drug induced sleep. He's been in tremendous pain. He is being treated for a severe hematoma. It started in the tigh muscle with severe cramps from the dex. The area bruised and became swollen. Swelling and bruising has spread all the way down his leg and up his leg and into the scrotum. It is shocking to see. Nurses from other wards are stopping in to take a peak. The concern is that pressure from the swelling will damage important nerves and the leg will be permanently damaged. They just did another ct scan to rule out blood flowing downward from the abdominal cavity. Bleeding seems to have originated from the cramped muscle. They have given him four units of blood but his hemoglobin continues to drop. They have discontinued his blood thinners. Tomorrow they will insert some type of filter into a vein which
will catch future clots should they try to move upwards. They are reluctant to
cut due to his bleeding problems, but feel it needs to be done. There is also
talk of opening up the leg and draining the fluid. It seems to be a unique
situation for the doctors. I can tell that they are unsure as to what is going
on. I think that the dex and the blood thinners were a bad combination for
Steve. This sure has been a set back for him physically. He seems better
mentally today. Chatty with the nurses. Upbeat mood. Making the best out
of a very difficult situation. Literally cannot leave his bed. Can't even get
up to go to the b/r. If it were me, I'd be nuts.

Thanks again for the support. For those who have offered to pray, can you also request that Chelsea not get fired from her job. That would be a true miracle considering all the work I've missed lately. LOL. Steves onc was correct when she said that managing the cancer is like a full time job. Even though I myself do not have cancer (except for the skin cancer), I feel that I have two full time jobs. One of them is currently on the back burner. But I find the other one doesn't pay so well. Lol

Chelsea

rogina2336
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Praying for relief for both of you.  Kim

So Worried
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My thoughts and prayers are with you and your hubby. Bless you both, hopefully he will pull out of this real soon. 

So Worried
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sorry, dbl post

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I've been waiting for you to be able to give us an update. Gosh, I hope they get this figured out and there is no permanent damage.

I sure understand the stress you're under. I'm a real "wuss" when it comes to watching my hubby suffer. When they tried their little trick in the Emg. room with the catheter, my poor hubby was screaming. This is a big, strong guy who never shows pain, so I knew it was bad. I was out in the hallway and had to walk out of the area.

Do they have anything in Canada like we have in the States, such as the Family Leave Medical Act? I can't imagine having to concentrate on a job at a time like this, though many do. I am older and retired, so no job to deal with.

Please try to get some rest.

Luv,

Wolfen

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I am so very sorry this is happening to you two.  I know first hand how very difficult it can bit to sit by the bedside of the one you love.   Try and get some rest yoursefl when you can.

Warmest thoughts, prayers and wishes coming your way.

Tina

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Chelsea I too am sending warmest prayers and hugs.  You two are going through some very very trying times....CHURCHILL quote...when you are going through hell, keep going.

You are doing such an amazing job of supporting Steve......do look after yourself Chelsea...

all best love, maggie

jen2012
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Adding my prayers and thoughts. Glad Steve is in better spirits...hope that means things are getting better. Let us know how you both are doing when you can.

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Phil64
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Chelsea,

I'm praying for you and Steve... And I pray that God will guide his caregivers so they can resolve Steve's condition and get him on a road to recovery. And for you to be given strength and peace.

Love to you today!

Philip

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barbebarb
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Chelsea :
Been praying for you and Steve - hoping he is having relief and Dr.s are getting to the root of his leg /pain.
Hoping you have gotten some rest.
I understand your work concern. It will fall in place.
Thinking of you - Barb

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OMGoodness you two are going through the ringer.  Sending every good vibe I've got both your ways, for Steve's leg to get fixed ASAP and for you in keeping your sanity and job.

You're both in my thoughts.

Winter Marie

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YoVita
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to Chelsea and Steve. 

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maglets
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how are you this fine sunny Family Day Chels????

I am in Toronto....going to fly tomorrow....thninking about you two....

love, mags

Chelsea71
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Hi Mags. Happy Family Day. How nice of you to be thinking of us while your traveling. It is a very quiet Family Day here at the hospital. I'm doing well. Had a good nights sleep last night. Steve is quite antsy as he hasn't moved from his bed since Thursday. I take this as a good sign.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

Chels

Chelsea71
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Thank you everyone for your concern and warm wishes. Steves leg is looking much better. The swelling has gone down and the bleeding appears to have stopped. They test his hemoglobin daily and they think it's stable at 84. They say tomorrows number will really tell the tale. He had the filter inserted into his vein last night. (It will catch any clot from the leg traveling upwards). But he does have some clots in his upper body which are currently not being treated as they had to take him off his blood thinners because of the bleeding problem. If the hemoglobin level is stable tomorrow they plan to restart the blood thinners at a small dosage (5000 IU of Fragmin). The plan is that they would gradually increase the dosage. (back up to 18000 IU). They plan to do that while he is here in the hospital. It doesn't sound like he's going home any time soon. He is getting quite restless. Normally when he is here, he does quite well. He's very sociable and enjoys roaming around and visiting with people. Of course things are different this time as he can't get out of bed. So he is finding the time quite long. They plan to have the physiotherapist get him up walking tomorrow. He could likey walk today but they don't want to risk getting the bleeding going again.

Thanks again everyone for your kind words. Steve too is very appreciative that so many people are concerned for him.

Chelsea

jen2012
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Thanks for the update Chelsea - hoping things continue to improve each day!  I hope you are getting some rest.

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oh Chelsea....so glad to hear some good news.....some sleep for you is a good thing and less swelling for Steve....I have been trying to think of 101 interesting things he could do to pass the time in hospital but i haven't come up with a single oneSmile..having a shower, going for a little walk...flirting with nurses....yay good stuff there Mags....all not very inspired choices....seriously being able to walk would be great.....hope that happens.

taking my laptop to Florida so hopefully I can stay in touch....

big hugs for both of you lovely canucks.....mags

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So glad they finally have a handle on this and things are looking so much better. Hopefully he'll kick this(literally) and get back on his feet soon. Laying in a hospital bed is BORING, BORING, BORING

Another small hurdle here. My legs are getting really tired jumping all these hurdles. LOL  Oral surgeon decided we must own a gold mine and wanted $2,200 upfront for dental surgery(that's my portion after ins.), so I politely declined and have made arrangements to meet with the MDA Surgical Onc, who is the H&N surgeon as well as a medical dentist. That way, hopefully it won't cost as much, and not upfront. He!!, they can just stand in line with the other 5 hospitals and hundred doctors we owe. LOL

Luv,

Wolfen

Chelsea71
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$2200.00 up front! That seems crazy. Don't stress out over it. Let them all wait wait for it. I guarante that none of them will go broke in the meantime.

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k44454445
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for you Chelsea & Steve!

hugs

judy

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Phil64
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Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you and continue to pray for you both.

 

Love and light to you on this day!

 

Phil

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Hey Chelsea: good luck to your husband...and I hope you can maintain BOTH of your full time job. ;) Good luck, good luck, and good luck! :)

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