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!
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