"Shadow" on x ray related to clot?

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Hi, I had posted in the section a little while ago regarding my dad being in hospital for having had a blood clot on his lung which travelled from the leg. The good news is that the clot is being well treated and my dad is responding well, however it was also picked up on that there was a bit of a shadow on his lung which needs investigating. There doesn't seem to be a huge rush to look into this, as I think one of the problems is that a further test (Biopsy??) cant be done yet, due to the medication he is on for the clot. Of course my family and I are worried about this shadow, however we were wondering if it may be related to the clot?? There was also discussion around dad's kidneys as they are not working quite as they should-thought this seems to be an easier problem to mend-as far As I understand.... This is all very vague, but just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything similar indirectly or directly? Many thanks. 

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    Freddie, I don't see how anyone on this forum could give you any helpful information when it's all still so vague about your dad's condition.

    He is 84, it would be surprising if his kidneys and other organs were working perfectly, don't you think?  I remember my mum wondering out loud in her 80's why she had senile onset diabetes as a result of her pancreas not fully functioning and she looked shocked whenI said, lovingly of course,  "Maybe it's because you're old now Mum."   

    I think you're just going to be patient and focus on supporting him in whatever's happening now, but keep an eye on the medical staff, I read a long article yesterday in the Melbourne Age analysing medical treatment of old people and alleging they often get patronising and/or low level treatment in publilc hospitals just because of their age.  Scary, eh?  

    I do hope that's not the case your dad, but be observant while you're supporting him and ask questions, ask questions, ask questions!  AND write down the answers in front of them so they know you're on the ball

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      Thank you-yes, you're right. I appreciate the info is very vague. It's a good idea to write down the answers and we'll do that next time we speak to the doctor/nurse. I worry sometimes my dad won't always understand the answers, but he's pretty alert for his age. But, we always make sure we speak to the staff in addtion. I think it's just waiting for the answers and trying not to worry in the meantime. Couldn't agree more-with age come more health problems sadly....thanks for your response.
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    Hi Freddie,

    I have no experience with a shadow, but what I can give you is a prayer and for you to know that we care and feel free to post progress so we can encourage you.

    My heart goes out to your father and his loving son, you. And I hope the mystery of that shadow is solved in a timely manner.

    Best wishes

    💛 Dawn, USA

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    Hi freddie_84,

    All I can tell you is i was hospitalized Sept 3rd, 2014 for 6 days and that's when I was diagnosed with COPD. They also found 2 spots/shadows on each lung but they were too small to biopsy so he said I must have another CT scan in 3 months. I am a Christian freddie_84 so I asked people to pray for me and so did i.

    I went back in 3 months and they are saying there's nothing there! I don't know if believe in God but I hope so...God can work miracles!!! That's my 2 cents freddie_84 but to me it's priceless! Keep us informed. Ladyjack51

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      Thank you very much-I appreciate your comments. I am definately holding hope for my dad, yes and hope to find out some information this week. I find the waiting part hard, but is part of it. My dad seems to be taking it better than me! But we chat a lot and it makes me happy that he's in good spirits under the circumstances. Thank you all. 
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