This is my second experience with a blood clot. I had my first deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in 2013 when I was 47. I did not have any risk factors. I had not been hospitalized, taken a long trip, or been on birth control. I am an educator and am on my feet most of the day. I also work a second part-time job where I’m on my feet.
I had surgery to clear the first DVT, and it took about 7-8 months to feel back to normal. I continued to take blood thinners until the pandemic when medication got too expensive. I thought I would be OK, but I got another DVT in my left leg last summer.
This time around, it has been more trying and my healing has been slow. It has affected my mobility and made the simplest things difficult, like putting on shoes and socks.
I don’t know if I have a clotting disorder, and I don’t know of any family members who do. I will most likely be on blood thinners for the rest of my life.
Blood clots are a silent killer and you may not have any warning signs or symptoms. I am a woman of faith and that has kept me encouraged. I continue to work and be active and haven’t let it stop me from living life.