As some of you may know in February I was diagnosed with DVT/Deep Vein Thrombosis from my thigh down to my calve. All three veins had extensive clots throughout. Now since my discharge I’ve been on a strict diet, I have followed all Doctor’s orders to the letter, and have faithfully taken my blood thinners.
I have had regular ultrasounds to check the blood clots, and to make sure they are dissolving and not increasing. Well so far they have reduced in size and my left leg after five weeks finally went back to its normal size. I was told that it could take up to a year for all the clots to disappear.
Well I have had a few minor setbacks due to being on the blood thinners, one is knee pain and the other is I broke two blood vessels in one eye due to excessive coughing from the flu I got three weeks ago. Other than that, I started driving again and staying active, without any real exercise since I am restricted at this time. For as bad as I was told by several doctors, I consider myself very lucky to be alive, and thankful.
Friday evening I notice my leg is starting to swell again, and I go in for my routine ultrasound.
All my blood clots except one have reduced in size. Not the news I was hoping for, but since my leg started to swell a bit this weekend I already accepted that surgery would be in my near future, and since this particular clot is located above the knee I’m sure if I need surgery it will be scheduled fairly fast. Oh and this particular clot has not reduced at all.
So now i’ll be referred to a Vascular Surgeon, from what I have read its “rare” for a person to need surgery to remove blood clots as some complication are stroke, a blood clot breaking free, developing additional clots just to name a few. I already had to accept that a clot could break free and travel to my lungs, so I treat each day as a gift. And just when I started to feel like myself again I am hit with this. I am not one who looks for pity as I consider myself strong minded. This happened for a reason, what that reason is I am yet to figure it out.
One thing’s for certain. I love my blog and all the new people who have come into my life. I learned to appreciate all the little things and to be thankful. I have two awesome kids, well they are adults now, but very supportive every step of the way. They have kept me from wanting to jump off a bridge. So i’ll continue following doctors orders, and continue to blog what I love cooking and sharing with all of you.
Remember, were not promised tomorrow so live each day to its fullest, laugh more, smile more, love more, and eat more.