In February 2023, I went to the ER with abdominal pain I couldn’t explain. After four days in step-down ICU, 30+ labs, two CT scans, three ultrasounds, a chest X-ray, and an echocardiogram, doctors told me I had blood clots, which compromised my blood flow and caused splenic infarcts.
After a consult with my hematologist, we found that my blood was clotting excessively (hypercoagulation), so I was to be on blood thinners for at least six months.
On March 7, 2023, I was experiencing pain that was worse than the last time, so I finally gave in and went to the ER. While in the waiting room, I felt what I can only describe as a water balloon bursting and liquid running down my left side near my rib cage. The pain was the worst I’ve ever experienced. I couldn’t stand on my own without starting to faint.
Lying in the ER bed with my mom and best friend by my side, I truly felt this was it, but I was not ready to go. I was praying and praying that I’d get through this and be okay.
The CT scan showed that I was bleeding internally from my spleen rupturing. I was transferred via ambulance for emergency surgery to remove my spleen.
Everything moved so fast, and by the time my thoughts had caught up to me, I was being put under for surgery. All I could do was keep repeating and praying, “I’m gonna make it” over and over until the anesthesia took effect.
I woke up in the ICU with tubes everywhere. The first two days were hazy, but the pain was unforgettable. Finding out I had lost 2.5 liters of blood, no longer had a spleen, and received four liters of blood and three liters of platelets was unreal to me.
I was a college athlete, but I’m no longer able to continue my softball career. My professional career path has shifted. I was pursuing a career in federal law enforcement, but I’m now working as a middle school teacher.
I am so incredibly grateful to the amazing doctors, nurses, and paramedics who helped save my life. I can’t express how grateful I am to my family, friends, and everyone who prayed for me. I thank God that I am alive, making progress, and healing more and more every day.