Monday, May 7, 2012

5/7/12 Finally on the Road to Recovery

As many of you know I have not felt well the past couple of weeks.  I have been overly tired, and then with all the chaos of the month with the car accident, stresses about homeschooling, testing, appointments, and work I really thought I had just spread myself a bit too thin.

That was not the case.  Starting about April 19th my leg started getting what I call "Crampy".  It did not really hurt but felt like I had done a ton of walking and that my legs were just tired and a bit sore.  You know that feeling you get after starting to exercise and your muscles are telling you they like the way they have become.

Anyhow I worked over the following weekend and the "Crampy" just got a bit worse.  I was still able to walk on it however I was very uncomfortable.  I thought the combonation of lack of sleep, and stress was the reason I was not feeling well and canceled my Ustream Show on 4/23/12.  I just felt bad.  By Wednesday, I had pain in my calf and the "crampy" was much worse.  I finally called the doctor and on 4/26 I went to Urgent Care and was Dignosised with blood clots in my lower leg.  A New one behind my right knee and another in the deep vein of my calf.  (I have a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms) So with the confirmation of the blood clot I was off to bed for a week in hopes that things would quickly start to resolve themselves with the medications that I had been prescribed.  That is not the case.  Things did not get better.

I had one good day on May 2nd, but not so good that I was my old self.  My friend came to visit on Thursday afternoon and mentioned that I was so winded when I walked and looked pretty yellow.  I was finally honest with myself and realized that I was not getting better.  I was trying but it was not working.  I had a follow-up appointment with my regular doctor on Friday, May 4th, at 10 AM.  The staff of the doctors office noticed right away that I was not my normal self and when I saw the doctor I was honest that my chest hurt in a couple of places when I took a deep breathe.  After some tests and lots of walking around and waiting I was admitted to the hospital for the weekend with DVT's in my legs and PE'S in my lungs.

 BLOOD CLOTS IN BOTH MY LUNGS AND MY LEG.  VERY SCARY!

The hospital staff was great and by Sunday I felt the best that I have in a couple of weeks time.

I did not notice how bad I felt.  I was doing what I always do which is keep going and pushing through.  This time my pushing and keep going really could have cost my family so much more than a few piles of dirty laundry, a pile of dirty dishes, and a couple of take-out meals.  I could have been taken from them.

Honestly, I was very scared.  This condition is something that I knew I had and I choose not to tell those around me how serious it is or was getting.  I need to work on letting others help me when we need it.  A hard lesson but one that I think I have learned this time.

Susan is going to do my Ustream Show again this evening.  And I will be back next week with a new project using the CTMH May Stamp of the Month, Pemberley Collection and lots of fun embellishments So remember to come see me at 6:00 PM PST on Ustream next week- 5/14/2012.

Blessings to everyone!
Gerriann


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