Blood Clots and Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-02-08 02:42:54 -0600
Started 2011-02-03 00:21:32 -0600

Friday afternoon I was scheduled to have my stitches removed from my toes, eighty stitches, five toes, one foot, it was very uncomfortable!

The bad part came after a brief Q&A session with my podiatrist about the pain in my calf muscle, immediately everyone's facial expression changed.

I was rushed to the vascular labs for a sonogram on my leg, the shocking results … multiple BLOOD CLOTS in my upper inner thigh and calf muscle!

Deep Vein Thrombosis!

The doctor told me that it could have come as a result of my surgery, but diabetics can also develope blood clots due to having diabetes!

Blood clots are scary, they can dislodge and cause strokes, heart attacks, even death!

Needless to say that I was taken to the emergency room, and I was admitted to the hospital (for 5 days).

I was given injections of Lovenox twice a day in the abdomen, and prescribed Coumadin, both medications were and are deemed necessary to thin my blood, and to dissolve the blood clots.

I will be on these medications for at least three, to six months, my blood will be measured once a week during this time to make sure that it is staying thin.

I also have to cut back on green leafy vegetables, due to the vitamin k, which helps your blood to clot, it wouldn't be so bad except for this fact of my life, I'm a vegetarian!

But I'm not complaining (my stitches are out).

I applaud every member of the podiatry team, the emergency staff, and all those who were involved at UMDNJ Hospital, in doing what they do best, medically managing, treating and saving the lives of others!

There is only one you, so take care of yourself!


40 replies

AnnaBelle02 2011-02-08 02:42:54 -0600 Report

Much prayers and thoughts for your well being. Hope you'll further adjustments to your diet plan should be no problem for you. Tough going in beginning but its for the best.

AuntieBear 2011-02-07 23:12:13 -0600 Report

Hope you get better real soon. Thanks for explaining about the green leafy veggies. I did not know about the vitamin k in them.

Cari Lee
Cari Lee 2011-02-07 23:02:30 -0600 Report

Gosh Mays, sorry to hear about ur medical problems, but am so glad u r recovering ok, now.
God Bless u and yours and i am keeping u in my prayers.
Many Hugs,

Pynetree 2011-02-05 21:22:58 -0600 Report

Wow, they say God doesn't throw more at you, than he thinks you can handle…He must think you're like a juggler! (((Hugs))) and prayers for a speedy recovery.

MAYS 2011-02-07 22:48:28 -0600 Report

Thank you for the kind words!
Maybe God wants me to help to bring awareness to others based on my personal experiences … maybe, just maybe

MAYS 2011-02-07 22:48:21 -0600 Report

Thank you for the kind words!
Maybe God wants me to help to bring awareness to others based on my personal experiences … maybe, just maybe

ston3xc 2011-02-04 12:47:42 -0600 Report

My goodness, I'm so glad you're alright! I, too am adding my prayers to your speedy recovery! God bless!

MAYS 2011-02-04 14:58:30 -0600 Report

Thank you!
I really do appreciate it, I am doing fine, my doctors have been on top of things.
When it rains, it pours (it's nice to have a reliable umbrella of doctors, and friends)!

Everyone here at Diabetic Connect has been so thoughtful, and supportive to me!


AnnaBelle02 2011-02-03 21:02:51 -0600 Report

I've never would've guess that certain healthy foods containing vitamin k may cause blood-clot related problems. Glad you are ok and following doctor's orders. It seems the more we try to eat healthier, it gets more complicated to follow a meal plan.

MAYS 2011-02-04 15:08:06 -0600 Report

Vitamin K helps your blood to clot, and green leafy vegetables contain a great deal of Vitamin K.

Unfortunately the Vitamin K will negate the purpose of the Coumadin medication to thin my blood and to dissolve away the blood clots.
The fact that I'm a vegetarian, and I must limit or eliminate my consumption of green leafy vegetables for the next 6 months is a little more than I ever expected.

But life goes on …

squog master
squog master 2011-02-03 19:21:20 -0600 Report

Wow Mays! Glad they caught that as quick as they did! Prayers for you still. Hope you are feeling better.

MAYS 2011-02-04 15:16:33 -0600 Report

Thank you for the prayers!

All of the people involved showed the greatest, and the highest level of professionalism during the entire ordeal, and I am truly greatful.

Don't forget to stay on top of your diabetes, ask questions, answer honestly, do the things that are required of you, and keep your medical appointments.
Continue being supportive of those who need help and motivation.
If I can ever be of any help to you, please do not hesitate to ask at any time!


runthe 2011-02-03 15:08:30 -0600 Report

Hi Mays, I'm sorry to hear about all that you are going through. I will keep you in my prayers. Lots of internet hugs and love.

MAYS 2011-02-03 17:46:06 -0600 Report

Why "Thank you."
May I return the internet hugs, and love in return?

I am doing fine, this is just something else to tuck under my arm as I continue to journey forward in my life (things can always be worse, but they aren't).

The prayers are greatly appreciated, and also being said for you in return.
Please remain focused, supportive, and as helpful to yourself and others as you have been to me.


petals 2011-02-03 14:04:22 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about all that you have been through Mays. My prayers are with you. Get well soon . (((((HUGS)))))

MAYS 2011-02-03 17:33:36 -0600 Report

Thank you!

The prayers, and well wishes are greatly appreciated, accepted and also returned.
I will be fine, because I must (too much depends on me doimg so).
I am getting better every day, and one of the many reasons is the love, and support that I am being given daily by Diabetic Connect Family Members such as you.

I am truly grateful.


petals 2011-02-03 19:15:38 -0600 Report

You mean alot to us here on Diabetic Connect, so you take care of yourself and get well soon. Hugs.

MAYS 2011-02-04 15:23:14 -0600 Report

Why thank you, I will try my best to stay healthy.

Everyone here at Diabetic Connect is beautiful, helpful and supportive.
I hope that this doesn't ever change, the idea to create a site such as this was truly a Godsend, and provides such a valuable service to all diabetics.


CaliKo 2011-02-03 12:03:44 -0600 Report

Hi Mays, so sorry to hear about the complications. My Mom takes coumadin forever, and misses spinach a lot. Be careful when you get up, it can make you dizzy and you certainly don't need a fall on top of everything else.
I'm glad you are getting good care, and just be patient and careful and be a good patient! (((((((Hugs)))))))

MAYS 2011-02-03 12:46:53 -0600 Report

Thank you for the advice.
Now I know where the sudden dizziness has come from.

I will be going over my dietary options with my doctors tomorrow, that should prove to be interesting, limiting my green leafy vegetables will not be easy!

How is your mother doing?
Take care of, and cherish her, there is nothing that can compare to a mother!

The doctor says that I may have to take Coumadin for 3-6 months, that should coincide with my surgery healing process, and my therapy (I hope so!).


CaliKo 2011-02-03 16:01:17 -0600 Report

I do cherish my mother, and thanks for asking. She's doing well, considering her 86 years, 87 in March. It breaks my heart to see her getting so tiny and frail, and she makes cute little breathing noises a lot like infants make when she moves around, but I know I'm lucky to have her as long as I have, and for my 14-year old to know all his grandparents.
Take care of yourself, Mays, and stay warm.

MAYS 2011-02-04 15:31:10 -0600 Report

80 + years of wisdom, love and history!
Document her words, create videos of her for future generations to enjoy.
I will try to stay warm with all of this snow that has been falling lately it gets a little harder but who's complaining, I ldeal with whatever life throws at me.
Being in love with life is simply "Beautiful."

Enjoy your day!

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-02-03 11:49:23 -0600 Report

you have every right to complain! We are hear to listen to it, as you have listened to us. I hope you start getting better and vent all you want to. We won't think less of you! HUGS

MAYS 2011-02-03 12:34:32 -0600 Report

Why thank you!
If I ever feel the need to complain, I'll remember that, and will do so.
You are a true friend! (((HUGS)))

BandonBob 2011-02-03 11:06:53 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about the setback. Be careful while you are on the coumadin. I have several friends who are on it for life and if they get cut it turns into a major bleeding event. Take care of yourself and get better soon.

MAYS 2011-02-03 11:42:24 -0600 Report

Thanks for the advice!

The RA was explaining the need for me to be extra careful concerning Coumadin, she explained to me the need to be very observant to any type of bleeding from using a very soft toothbrush to brush my teeth, to testing my blood glucose level, to monitoring my bowel movements for blood!

This is turning into a very educational experience for me, but I'm not complaining!


alanbossman 2011-02-03 10:17:10 -0600 Report

Well Mays,if it isn't one thing its another sorry to hear about your blood cots glad they checked for them. My wife had blood clots after back surgery in her calf after they took care of that 6 months later she fell on her backside and another blood clot appeared from ankle to hip in size. She is now on coumadin for the rest of her life, they found out she has a blood disorder known as factor 5 which causes the blood to clot. Falling,cuts, and bruises to the body can cause blood cots with factor 5.

MAYS 2011-02-03 11:01:40 -0600 Report

Alan, Thanks for commenting, how is your wife doing?

My medical team is great, they look for everything and keep me informed.
All of this just seems to be routine, maybe I'm just due for an overall checkup, or maybe my body is just rebelling as I get older!

I have never heard of Factor 5, I'll have to do some research on this, thanks for sharing this with me, each setback pushes me to do more, and to be better.

A "Happily Ever After" ending to my life story is forever in the works!


Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-04 21:05:42 -0600 Report

Your search for blod clotting gene factors should be informative. You are such a good researcher. There are many genes factors that indicate an increased risk for forming blood clots. The increase is usually not greater then 10%, I believe. My Dad had at least one of them. Prior to my vein surgeries last year I was tested for every known one of them. My vascular surgeon was very thorough. Of the four of my Dad's children 2 have mutations and two do not. Or as my family says 2 are "Mutants". Also about 1/2 of his grandchildren share his gene factor.

alanbossman 2011-02-03 21:36:24 -0600 Report

Thanks for asking about my wife she doing okay, she still needs to lose weight. Our and her daughter go to water aerobics 3 times a week .

MAYS 2011-02-03 10:57:10 -0600 Report

Alan, Thanks for commenting, how is your wife doing?

My medical team is great, they look for everything and keep me informed.
All of this just seems to be routine, maybe I'm just due for an overall checkup, or maybe my body is just rebelling as I get older!

I have never heard of Factor 5, I'll have to do some research on this, thanks for sharing this with me, each setback pushes me to do more, and to be better.

A "Happily Ever After" ending to my life story is forever in the works!


jjhnpa 2011-02-03 07:55:10 -0600 Report

God bless you mays, them blood clots are a scarey thing..i thought i had a charly horse in my calf till i was rushed to the emergency room (silly me) take care.

MAYS 2011-02-03 08:24:55 -0600 Report

Thank you!

Have you ever thought about starting a discussion concerning your ordeal with DVT (blood clots) and diabtes?
It would prove to be both helpful, and educational to others!

Think about it.

MewElla 2011-02-03 07:47:24 -0600 Report

Thank God that they got you to the ER and did admit you to the hospital in time. How scary for you and your family. Never realized so many complications can arise with the diabetes, but I am thankful to you for bringing your story to our attention. Please take care of yourself and keep us posted. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mays…

MAYS 2011-02-03 08:19:02 -0600 Report

Thank you!
You, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers also.

My doctors are very precise, and detail oriented, so I do whatever they request because of this, they follow up with me on my conditions constantly.
Each one of my doctors paid me a visit during my stay in the hospital, including the ER doctor who examined me when I was admitted to the hospital.

There are so many complications that can accompany diabetes.
I have four sons that I would like to see mature into productive, young men, so I must do my part to be as healthy as I can be to live to see it come true!

Take care, and enjoy your day!

re1ndeer 2011-02-03 06:02:35 -0600 Report

So sorry to hear about your ordeal.

I too am on Coumadin (Warfarin-generic), was put on last year after having surgery. I'm still on it and will be on it for the rest of my life. I have to go monthy for blood draws to make sure my blood doesn't coagulate to much.

It's very tough to give up the foods you love, the biggest for me was cranberry juice (can never have it again), and mangoes because it supposedly does something to your blood. Other vitamin K foods you just have to cut back, but not eliminate, if it's in you normal diet.

I also, was on lovenox, not a fun drug to inject yourself within the stomach, along with taking 4-5 insulin shots a day, you feel like a pin cushion. I was on Lovenox only for a short time approximately 3 weeks.

Are you now walking with a boot or are you still with crutches?

I do hope your feeling better.

MAYS 2011-02-03 07:19:55 -0600 Report

Thank you, for the well wishes!
No boot yet, not for another 6-8 weeks, I'm still on crutches.

Due to the risk of either fracturing my toes, or bnding or breaking off the surgical pins that are inserted into (and protruding from) my toes, I am still on non weight bearing orders from my podiatrist until my bones fuse together.

This new ordeal, and the added injections of Lovenox annoys me, now I know how a pin cushion really feels!
I will meet with my doctor, diabetes instructor, dietician and a vascular lab technician on Friday to discuss my needs, concerns and dietary options.

Knowing that my ordeals can be of help to someone, and knowing that I have caring family members and friends such as you goes a long way in helping the healing process.

I enjoy every day regardless of the weather, or whatever the day may bring.
I love life too much to ever allow myself to get depressed for long!

'The sun always shines above the storm clouds!"
Enjoy your day!


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