It was one of the most exciting times! After six long weeks of wearing an air cast, I had just received news that I could get it removed. I told the doctor that my leg had been cramping, but he said it should subside once the cast was off and I moved around.
Later that night, the cramping in my leg worsened and had me in tears. I took some Tylenol and went to bed. When I woke up, my leg was cramping beyond belief and was purple and green.
I went to the doctor and he sent me directly to the hospital. They diagnosed me with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and admitted me. I was discharged three days later and started on the blood thinners that were prescribed.
The next morning, I passed out in my living room and my 6-year-old called 9-1-1. When I woke up in the hospital, they told me I had a massive pulmonary embolism. The doctor told me I could start treatment or go home and let God’s will be done because he didn’t think I would live. Of course, I chose to be treated.
I have had several DVTs since then, but I am still here. I have also had another child since then and managed to keep myself healthy and clot-free during and after my pregnancy. Life is great!
Through this experience, I learned how serious blood clots can be. I have a family member who wasn’t as lucky as I was and dropped dead from a blood clot. I’m currently going through genetic testing to determine if I have an identified clotting disorder. I still have pain in my leg from post-thrombotic syndrome.
It’s important to be your biggest advocate. If something doesn’t feel right, seek help. It could save your life!