I'm happy to be able to report good news about my brother. It looks like everything should turn out OK for him. The blood thinners are working well enough that they felt comfortable sending him home. So his wife fashioned up a bed in the back of his truck (yes it has a shell) and is in the process of shuttling him back to Yreka. I'm pretty sure this qualifies for a redneck ambulance. He has to lay down for the better part of the trip, which is about 4-5 hours. ugh!
I was amazed to find out that now days they treat this type of condition with self injected medication, rather than admitting you into the hospital. Guess my old school thinking of a blood clot immediately causing panic and a long stay in the hospital are a thing of the past. Well everything except the panic part. No matter how many people tell you about having a similar problem or any amount of reassurance from doctors saying it's a relatively minor procedure, when it happens to someone you love, it still feels like a major deal.
So the treatment basically consists of the injections which thin your blood and dissolve the clots in the process. Your body then filters them out. Obviously this is a very over simplified explanation of it, but in a nutshell that's it. You've gotta love modern medicine for these type of things.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all of your comments and emails that I received. The feeling of friendship and community that this world of blogging brings is just incredible. You all are very special to me, seriously, that's not just lip service. Behind the posts, pictures, words on the screen, etc., I see wonderful individuals. We laugh and joke together, we spar over issues that we have different opinions about, we cry together when loved ones around us are lost or are hurting, and we come together when in times like this we, ourselves need support form each other.
I've never looked at any of you as just an anonymous writer on the other side of the computer. I see you as individuals with real emotions and feelings. Not everybody outside of this blog world sees that, and I'm sure there are those that never will, but I am grateful that we've found each other and I once again thank you for your support.
I'll be coming by to catch up with y'all later tonight.
Ciao for now.