Thank you, and updates

January 9, 2011 | 25 comments

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers about the incident with my leg on Friday! The good news is that the trip to the hospital was brief and they ruled out a DVT (deep vein thrombosis — a serious blood clot); the bad news is that we still don’t know what’s causing the pain in my right leg. This is the same leg where I did have a DVT a while back, so maybe it’s damage from that? Or something new, caused by the messed up veins? Anyway, sometimes that leg hurts so much that I can barely walk, which doesn’t exactly mesh with having four young children, so I’m hoping that we get some answers soon. My hematologist wants to see me on Thursday to talk about the ultrasound results, so hopefully I’ll know more then. Thank you again for all the comments and emails. I can’t tell you how much they mean to me!


  1. Paula

    Could it be a superficial blood clot? I had one with my fourth baby. With my fifth baby I discovered the support hose that takes 20 minutes to wrestle your legs into, but boy did it help with my veins! lol Hope you get some answers and less painful legs soon!

  2. Madga

    You are certainly in my prayers. I get pains in my legs because I have flat feet. The only shoe that really helps with this is the old Scholl’s sandal with the wooden soul. During the summer I wear them all the time. They are the only shoes that really support my arches.
    Also, msg and high fructose corn syrup cause joint pain and swelling.
    I doubt this is what is bothering you, but these problems became noticeable after I turned forty.
    God bless!

  3. Leila

    You are in my prayers, sister!! It’s not easy for a mom of little ones to be out of commission.

  4. Judy @ Learning To Let Go

    It’s very thoughtful of you to post and let us know how you are doing. I’m so glad they ruled out the DVT, and sorry that you’re still having severe pain. We’ll continue praying–just know that you are in our hearts.

  5. Jaime

    I had this, too following my DVT with this pregnancy. Sounds like self-diagnosing, but I went back on my full anti-coagulants for a week and it cleared the pain up. It was not a full blown DVT, just a lingering phlebitic pain following dehydration or a car ride. It’s such black-box medicine sometimes, hope your hematologist is a clotting disorder specialist and will have some good ideas for you!

  6. Deacon David Backes

    I work in healing ministry, and will certainly keep you in prayer during the Liturgy of the Hours.

  7. Amanda

    Jen, for my last two pregnancies I have experienced something similar to what you describe in my left upper leg and would constantly request for my husband to rub it. It didn’t seem to be a pinched nerve or anything because it started before the baby was big enough to make a difference and lasted after I gave birth (gone now:) I hope you feel better and get answers!

  8. ~Ana Paula~A Católica

    Jen Dear,

    My eyes were filled with tears while I was reading this Post of you. I am really sorry for what has happened with you. And also the mistery around the problem in your leg.

    I don’t know if your remember, I commented in a previous Post of “Conversion Diary” that a amazing way to learn about a saint is to pray to him (or her) when we got a problem.

    I made a research in this excelent BOOK, which is in my Language, the Portuguese: “List of Saints and Blesseds of the Church – (…) Including the patron saints and protectors of the professions ” (Professor Felipe Aquino, 2007) and I found that the saint designated for the diseases in legs is…

    … Saint Servácio.

    Unfortunately, I did not find many things about him. All I could find in the catholic books I have is that he was a bishop and his day is celebrated in May 13th. I found also this quote in the Internet:

    “St. Servácio, bishop (+384). As bishop of Tongres, Belgium, courageously defended the orthodox faith of the nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, against the heresy of the Arians”.

    We pray to him when we have a problem in our legs – according to Professor Felipe Aquino, who is a respectable theologian in my country.

    So, I pray Saint Servácio to protect your right leg and to bless the blood which is in it.

    Saint Servácio, pray for Jen!

    Stay in the Peace of God, Jennifer.
    Everything will be Just FINE.


  9. Rosemary

    Thank you for posting. I’ve been praying for you and wondering what you found out. Pregnancy can be wearing enough WITHOUT all you’re going through! I’m adding you to my every-morning prayer list, along with prayers for Katie, a missionary nurse in Africa. I’ve asked the Spirit of God to bring you to the forefront of my thoughts at any other time of the day or night when you are in urgent need of prayer. Hugs!

  10. Kit

    I get a weird pain in my leg sometimes (backside of my knee) that seems to be hormone related. Never figured out what it is, but it isn’t quite as painful as what you’re describing. I hope they can figure it out and get you some relief! Thanks for the update!

  11. David Marciniak

    Post-thrombotic syndrome is a frequent diagnosis for those with a history of DVT – the valves are damaged when a DVT occurs, and for some time after there can be pain and swelling due to pooling. It may be the cause of your discomfort; it is a benign condition that can often be relieved as simply as putting your feet up. Hopefully that is the case, but please do have this thoroughly checked.

    Prayers and hopes for relief from this ER nurse!

  12. Marcee Rodgers

    I am praying! Reading your blog has given me a much larger view of what is possible with God.

  13. Maureen

    Will continue the prayers, Jen. Thanks for the update.

  14. Margo

    Jennifer – Grape Seed Extract (from the proper source) has been shown to help people with situations such as yours. I’m not trying to suggest that your doctor isn’t already on top of whatever it is that could be going on, but I care about you and I have seen my father’s legs improve almost 100% from taking this supplement. Along with all of your friends here, I, too, will keep you in my prayers. God bless you and your family.

  15. Jen G

    I’m glad you had good news, Jennifer! I’ll pray that the doctor can figure out the reason for your leg pain and get you feeling better quickly.

  16. Lana

    Phew. So glad to hear this news. Hope you feel better VERY soon.

  17. thomas tucker

    Just a word of advice- ultrasound is not as specific for claf DVT as it is above the knee, so it may be worth repeating this test in a few days.

  18. Matt@StBlogustine

    You are in my prayers! Keep after your doctor and GET WELL SOON!

  19. Jill

    I would buy less and throw away more.

    • Jill

      Posted on the wrong one again. Darn it!

  20. Jennifer

    I’m glad to hear you are home and no DVT. I hope they can figure out what is going on soon, and that it isn’t too serious. Will keep praying!

  21. Kara

    So glad it’s not DVT, but I hope they figure it out soon! Feel better!

  22. Imajackson

    Jen, I thought I had DVT with my last pregnancy, and it turned out to be due to insufficient calcium! So I took more (since I don’t eat much dairy) and the pain went away quickly. Praying your pain subsides and the baby is growing all safe and sound.

  23. tereza crump aka MyTreasuredCreations

    It could be sciatic nerve since you are pregnant. When we are carrying a baby everything moves out of place and that can cause extra pressure on nerves and the pain can irradiate and cause pain on your legs, shoulders or any other part of your body. You might consider seeing a chiropractic regularly AFTER you have your baby… if you do, then when you get pregnant again you can keep seeing him.

    Sometimes pain in the calf can also mean lack of potassium…eating a banana a day helps or taking a potassium supplement.

    I know all this will too pass. 🙂

  24. Mary @

    Hi Jennifer,
    I’m new to your informative blog…Found you through Abigail Seidman…
    Anyway, I have had lots of issues with my legs and have had wonderful results using Horse Chestnut…
    Try it, you may get relief…


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