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ER

Today started out fine in all aspects and ended rather shitty.  Figured this is the best way to fill everyone in without a mass email.   Last night I was having pain in my left forearm and had this gut feeling it was a bloodclot.  I figured if it wasn’t better by today I would call my doctor and get in.   All day today there was this dull ache/pain and a definite area where I could feel a bump (about the size of a marble).  Called in and they told me there was an opening at 2:15 to be seen.   The doctor and I were on the same page and sent me over to the vascular clinic to get an ultrasound.  Sure enough it was superficial clot in the forearm, BUT what they were worried about was a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) in the underarm.  Ughh.  Not good. Over the past 6 years it has been an issue with me:  2 in my left calf, 1 in my wrist and now one in my foram/underarm.  The danger of course is if they dislodge and go to your lungs – where they have the potential to kill you.  In fact it is thought this was what my Aunt Claire died from at age 49.  Only once did one of the clots travel to my lungs (Feb 2008) and at that time they hospitalized me for 2 days and put me on blood thinner for life.    After the diagnosis today they walked  me to the ER where they did a battery of tests and bloodwork and gave me a shot of fast acting blood thinner (Lovenox).  Since I was not having any trouble breathing or otherwise they discharged me after 5 hours with instructions to take Lovenox shots 2x/day for the next 5 days and get my blood tested on Monday to see if it had thinned out.  My INR was 1.3  (thick) where it should be between 2.5 and 3.5 with this condition.  Anyhow, will take it easy over the weekend and hope for the best.    Take Care

Chris

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  1. Hi Chris,

    You haven’t posted in a long time…U ok?

    xoxo

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