It's DVT awareness month - how will you be celebrating?
I know that I've talked about my blood clots before, and it's not worth getting into the story again. But today is the day! Four years ago today, I almost died. For the second time.
Sorry I don't have any cutesie photos of me from that day to liven up this post. You see, I was in the hospital, hooked up to a cardiac telemetry monitor, coughing up blood and in intense pain, so I didn't take pictures. (Also I hadn't showered.)
This will probably be the last time I acknowledge this morbid anniversary, at least publicly. Ultimately, even though pulmonary emboli are fatal nearly a third of the time, mine weren't. I'm off of blood thinners now, I've lost much of the weight I gained, my race times are nearly where they were before I got sick, and aside from wearing compression socks on airplanes (and not being able to sleep), I'm perfectly healthy.
Kelly, another friend/blogger/runner, also had a PE, and she has some tips on prevention. Just please, do me a favor: if you take birth control pills/synthetic estrogen, be careful. If you smoke, quit. If you fly long distances, walk around the plane and drink enough water.
Wow! I had no idea! I'm glad you're still around =) That's scary stuff, I've had family members who almost died from blood clots as well.ReplyDelete
This is pretty much my #1 fear in life, especially because my job revolves around sitting, and i'm on BC. Thanks for reminding us once again! Glad you're still with us!ReplyDelete
Here's to many more anniversaries - so glad you are around :)ReplyDelete
Whoa, crazy! I have heard of this before...scary stuff. Glad you were able to avert death twice, and hopefully you won't have to again!ReplyDelete
Wow! Four years! Here's to a future of health! Thanks for those tips. I am off to read Kelly's blog.ReplyDelete
(And I am getting on an airplane in an hour... to NYC! I asked Susan if she wanted to run early early early Wednesday morning... you free?)
I'm so happy that you've made it through so many anniversaries! Want to run soon?ReplyDelete
Happy anniversary! I (like so many others) am glad you're here to celebrate it.ReplyDelete
Happy anniversary, indeed! I'm glad you're here to tell about it.ReplyDelete