« Last post by Paul on Today at 06:51:44 PM »
My brother ended up with two large blood clots......... one near the top in each lung. Looks like he's gonna make it through all of this, but man.......... what an ordeal!! Lots of internal bleeding due to the blood thinners, anti-clotting meds, and his unconscious struggling to remove the ventilator tube and get comfortable. They had to put mittens on his hands for protection. The slightest friction against that tube in his lungs causes the bleeding. Also...... he had never told his wife that he had Factor 5. When the doctors asked her if he did, she said, "No." When she called to tell me that he was in the hospital for the clots, I immediately told her that he, indeed, DID have it. At that point, she told the docs and they developed their treatment plan more completely.
The docs are putting in a temporary filter to catch any remaining clots and prevent them from traveling anywhere else. After that, they'll start working to remove the tube. Gonna take another day or so.
Warfarin can be very dangerous. According to what my sister was told by one of her doctors, in certain situations, it's one of the drugs that can cause problems that can't be resolved if something goes wrong. It takes hours for it to exit the body. Coumodin,(sp?) can be dealt with immediately using vitamin K. The problem he referred to is uncontrolled bleeding, whether it be internal or external. Tricky stuff!!!
This affliction usually develops in mature adults as their genes age, rather than the younger folks. However, that is a "general" rule. I was informed at the hospital that even though I don't have it, that it most likely got passed on to my child. So, we'll have our daughter tested at some point in the near future.
Thanks for all of the prayers and well wishes........ looks like they worked!!!!!