I thought I had a bad chest cold last week. I got on some antibiotics but by Friday night, I was in pretty bad pain. At 4:30 AM on Saturday, I drove myself to the emergency room (Jeff stayed home to watch Aidan). I thought I might have a touch of pneumonia or perhaps some bruising from coughing so hard. 15 hours and 3 radiation exposing and somewhat painful tests later, I was admitted to the hospital with blood clots in my lungs. Several of them.
Ugh. Fortunately, I was given blood thinner (and finally a bit of pain medication on hour 17) and the next morning my pain was gone. It was replaced by nausea but who cares. I was able to come home Sunday afternoon. I have to administer injectable blood thinner for about a week and will be on Coumadin, a blood thinner for perhaps a year.
What caused the blood clots? Not entirely sure but it sounds like a combination of a hormonal problem I have called PCOS and the treatment I was on for it which was Yaz, a birth control pill. However, my OB/GYN thinks I need testing to see if it is a genetic problem. There is lots more to the story that I won't bore you with.
How am I now? Grateful. Blood clots are nothing to fool with. Left untreated, they most certainly can be fatal. I'm surprisingly in a good mood. I'm still coughing a bit and have a shortness of breath but, quite frankly, I'm alive with a chance to make things right (eat better, exercise, laugh more, etc).
So don't mess around with your health. Be on top of things. Don't assume your doctors know everything about you. Have an advocate around if you aren't feeling well.
I didn't want to leave a picture up of a nasty blood clot so I thought I'd share one of Toulouse, doing what he does best --looking beautiful.