For the past three days, I’ve been carrying around a painful, hard lump on the side of my waist. It’s a hematoma, no doubt caused by repeated trauma in the area. (This is one place I inject myself each day.) I first noticed it on Sunday, and since then, it has grown to a whopping 1.5″ high x 5″ long.
A hematoma is a collection of blood within the tissue. It’s different from a bruise, where blood collects in a very thin layer under the skin. No, this is a big lump, and it’s painful to touch or when I move in certain ways. It’s also conveniently located where I wear the waist of my pants.
This is a very common thing. People usually get them after trauma, like falling down stairs, for example. And yet, I’m being a real wimp about it. I spoke with my doctor’s office yesterday. They felt as long as I didn’t have a fever, it could wait until my Friday appointment/chemo. Until then, I will ice it, whine a lot, and take a pill!