My husband picked me up from work one day, and the second I got in his car, I couldn’t breathe, then I passed out. When he couldn’t wake me, he started driving to the nearest ER.
When we arrived, they immediately thought it was a blood clot. They couldn’t find a vein to start treatment, so I was transferred to another hospital. A special team placed a line in my upper arm so they could perform a scan to see the clots.
While I awaited the results, I was in so much pain from my elevated heart rate, back pain, and anxiety. I recall hearing the doctor tell my mom and mother-in-law that I had an extremely large pulmonary embolism and that my outlook wasn’t great.
My only blood clot risk factors were my ankle injury and estrogen-based birth control. I will be on warfarin for the rest of my life. If I choose to have children, that experience will be extremely different than what I thought.
I hope to spread awareness so that others seek help before it’s too late!