Dealing With Cancer VII

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Popeye-Cartoon-Character-Biography-History-Movies

 
02/01/2016~ I am married to Popeye…

My poor hubby! He has severe Edema and his lower arms and hands look as big as Popeye’s. What is Edema?

Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. Although edema can affect any part of your body, it’s most commonly noticed in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.

Hubby had his first doctor’s appointment today after getting out of the hospital. His hands and arms are so swollen that it took three lab techs and six pokes before they could catch a vein that gave them blood. Now he has been “leaking” out of two of the pokes. It’s mostly water; maybe it’s good, but he is miserable. I have thick absorbent gauze pads and tape ready to cover them and hopefully provide enough pressure to stop them from leaking, but he doesn’t want me to do that…

He is getting angry. He does not understand why two weeks ago he had a perfect healthy heart, no blockages, clean veins, but now he has a “pacemaker,” as he calls it.

He starts chemo tomorrow…