The rumors of my…

You know about my broken ankle.  You know about my reliance on the kindness of strangers.  I’ll bet you didn’t know I spent almost a week in the hospital.


I had pain in my leg, without swelling, and thought it was only related to my fracture.  Well, it turns out that it was deep venous thrombosis (coincidentally, Dr. Oz referenced this in the most recent issue of O Magazine as one of five pains you shouldn’t ignore).  The clot then broke off, with parts moving into both of my lungs, a condition also known as pulmonary embolism.  SCARY.  SHIT.

It’s no secret that I believe in taking care of myself and looking out for my health, but when I tell you that I TOTALLY took this minor break for granted is the understatement of the century.  I honestly believed that my shortness of breath was due to a cold.  Yes ladies and gentlemen, I had blood clots in my lungs, and I put some Tussin on it.  Thought I could let that Tussin sink down to the bone.  Is it funny now?  Only slightly.  Totally unfunny when I was panicking in the hospital.

I was admitted last Tuesday, and on Thursday, I suffered from what is called a vasovagal syncope.  It’s a fancy way of saying that I fainted.  It’s apparently the most common cause of fainting, but the reasons behind them are fairly broad.  Anything from being in a reclining position for an extended period of time, to to the sight of blood.  I lost consciousness (fortunately on the bed) was sweating profusely, and the coup de grâce?  Vomit.  A fuck-ton of vomit.

All this is to say that even I, despite my preaching, have a lot to learn regarding listening to my body.  Particularly since I’m more of a summer, rather than spring, chicken (shut your face).  Thankfully, I had the good folks in my life checking on me every day. I’m used to being on my own, so it feels good to have people concerned about me and my well being.  One of my sisters came up for a few days and helped immeasurably.  I’m grateful for having a support system and people who love me.

So now, I’m out of the cast and wearing one of those walking boot things.  My brace for my sprained leg has a spider and web logo, so I’ve decided that I’m a superhero for the handicapable.

I’m not out of the woods, and I’ll be on blood thinners for approximately 6 months.  Additionally, I’ll have to monitor this condition for the rest of my life due to damage done to my veins.  That being said, things are finally on the way up.  It’s close to summer, and though I’ll have to cut back on the sangria afternoons, I’m glad to be on the mend, and I’ll be back on my gym grind soon enough.



7 responses to “The rumors of my…

  1. OMG! You know that I’m a nurse right so, this is REALLY getting to me because, I know JUST how serious that condition is. I am so glad that you listened to your body…so many people do not. I know you are going to do the right thing so, just be careful on those blood thinners(no more falling down and no getting cut while on those things.)
    Let those who love you, do for you(enjoy being pampered and taken care of.)
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  2. I’m so thankful that you’re still among the living. Seriously.

    So often we don’t hear about these kinds of things until it’s too late.

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I, for one, SHO needed the reminder.

    Be blessed in your healing sis.

    • Thank you so much. I spent a long time being terrified while I was in the hospital. I don’t usually have serious problems, so it was a shocker. I’m going to do a better job taking care of myself.

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