Sunday, February 21, 2010

Oh Snap!

Sue has read about or heard about a lot of people with multiple myeloma who've suffered broken bones.  The myeloma cells eat away your bones and weaken them, making you susceptible to breaks.  So she's had a lot of anxiety about that.

This morning we were getting ready for church.  Sue got up from putting her shoes on and immediately fell.  We both heard a big crack and Sue lay on the floor clutching her ankle and crying.  We both thought she'd broken her ankle.  For Sue it was the one thing she'd anxiously dreaded.  For me, it was just a sickening, helpless feeling.

When Sue got composed I picked her up and put her on the bed.  She's as light as a feather now (big feather).  After we recovered from the shock of thinking she'd broken her ankle we calmed down and realized it seemed more like a sprain.  Now that the day has passed we are pretty certain it is just a sprain.  The ankle is a little swollen and a little sore, but Sue can support her weight on it and it does not have any discoleration.

The combination of pain in her upper back and pain in her ankle and general pain of neuropathy caused Sue to go back on the Dilaudid (morphine).  It also dulls the pain of anxiety.


  1. Keep up the fight. Myeloma's an awful illness but we're battling it, the progress made in the last ten years or so is amazing.

  2. There are so many aspects of MM that scare the _ _ _ _ out of me, and in the early days of assisting a relative and the family as we were all getting a handle on what we were facing, there were too many scary events. My heart goes out to all of you - and I intend courage to you all as well - when facing these trials... and that Sue starts having improvement in all areas.