Ugly Pancake Update (Groan!)

Ugly Pancake Update (Groan!)

Several readers have written in asking for an update on “pancake,” my gelatinized blood clot that is still in my leg following my falling-off-the-boat accident last November.

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Yes, sadly, Pancake is still hanging on. She stopped shrinking about 6 weeks ago, and is remaining steadfast at 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″. However, the worst part is that the nerve damage did not get any better so I have a large portion of skin (about 10″ x 4″) that has no feeling whatsoever on my leg around pancake.

However, if something pushes on my leg, even just slightly, I get this really weird, uncomfortable feeling under the skin. I have a “dead” portion of skin above my left eyebrow from a teenage injury that never got better so nerve damage weirdness isn’t anything new to me. That graceful move involved standing on a front porch swing…which promptly flipped over, earning me a concussion.

Everyone is also asking me what I’m planning to do about Pancake. I’m trying to drink more fluids and I massage pancake several times a day (she doesn’t like that at ALL) in the hopes she will eventually go away. If she doesn’t, I’m just going to accept the fact that I have a very noticeable reminder in my upper leg to BE CAREFUL when stepping on or off boats. I don’t want to risk an infection by having Pancake removed.

Besides, it’s a great conversation piece when talking about boats, or attending dock parties. I yank up my dress and people instantly recoil in horror. Heh… 😉

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8 Responses to "Ugly Pancake Update (Groan!)"

  1. Joe Canejo  March 26, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I can see it now. “Here comes Angela, let’s hope she doesn’t pull her skirt up again.” LOL!

    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of  March 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      HA HA HA HA HA!!! 😉


  2. Linda G  March 25, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Angela, No not an embolism til it breaks and travels and as you say that is outside the blood vessils and outside the muscle. Well I guess waiting is okay if you have that type of patience (I have a hard time even spelling that word). Stupid spell check doesn’t know the difference between blood vessil and vessel as container. Hope it’s gone soon and you are back to great health!

  3. Linda G  March 24, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Your MD is supposed to give you some meds to dissolve that clot. That is an embolism waiting to, well, kill you. Way too long now, it is not going to go away and has to be removed or dissolved.

    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of  March 24, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      It’s not an embolism. It was bleeding outside of the muscle that gelatinized. It it not a clot in an artery. 🙂

      The doc said the only option, other than waiting, is to have it sucked out with a tube but that will take awhile because it’s so thick and doing so would disrupt the natural drainage channels.

      Also, cutting into it will bring a risk of infection.


  4. Pamela Allegretto  March 22, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the update on “Pancake.” Sorry to hear that she’s not willing to disappear. It’s interesting that she is a “she.” Was there some specific reason for this gender assignment, or was it an on-the- spot given? I have always been one to name and gender-assign non-breathing objects, so I’m curious when other do the same. Take care. Best wishes!

    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of  March 23, 2019 at 9:26 am

      “Pancake” was originally a he in my mind but he got so temperamental and combative over time that it was obvious he was a she. And, since I’m a “she,” I can say that. 😉


      • Linda G  March 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

        I as well. Oh yes.