Keep Your Cell Phone Nearby: Bonnie’s Story

Keep Your Cell Phone Nearby: Bonnie’s Story

I got up on a Saturday in January 2023 and suddenly became nauseated and faint. I laid down on the floor and texted my husband since I was unable to call out to him. He helped me to the living room sofa and called 9-1-1.  

All of my vitals were fine, but the medics took me to the hospital anyway, and I was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. It all happened so fast. 

This has changed my lifestyle in that I’m more fearful now. After this happened, I could not ride my bike without having a mild panic attack. My husband got me a Townie Bike with flat foot technology, and I am learning to ride again despite my fear of falling. 

I was tested for everything, but so far doctors cannot tell me why I developed a pulmonary embolism. It’s considered unprovoked.  

I have learned that it’s important to know your body and listen to it. Also, keep your cell phone nearby. I now have an Apple Watch that can detect if you fall and ask if you need help. If you do not respond, it will call 9-1-1 for you. 

My advice is to enjoy life, have fun, keep active, and accept challenges. You may not be able to do it today, but try again tomorrow. Don’t give up! 


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