In December of 2022, I had surgery on my femur. Five days later, I felt an excruciating pain in my calf and knew something was wrong. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that occluded almost my whole leg. I was prescribed blood thinners and I’ve been taking them ever since.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. I was heading for an ultrasound to re-assess my DVT and my chest started to feel “funny.” I was sent to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed me with a pulmonary embolism (PE).
I am a 22-year-old nursing student, and I remember listening to this topic in class and thinking, “This would never happen to me,” until it did. You never truly know about a situation until you go through it personally..
Even now, I get extremely fatigued and don’t have the energy to do the things I used to do. I have moments where I feel like I am drowning and I’m short of breath.
I’m in constant fear for my safety due to the blood thinners. A simple fall could be dangerous because of the risk of bleeding. My mental health has suffered tremendously trying to cope with everything going on with my body.
As of now, I have tested negative for any clotting disorders or any clotting factors. Both of my parents have a history of blood clots, but they’ve also tested negative, which makes my case a bit interesting.
This whole experience has taught me to listen to my body. I am thankful to still be here and salute everyone that has gone through this.