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Saturday, July 18, 2009

DVT leads to Creative Burst

I left graduate school on the third day of class. I didn't know what was going on with my body or my most recent addition, my foot surgery. All I knew was two weeks ago on Tuesday I was in the most pain I've ever been in my entire life (which is saying something since I've had a spinal tap and a subsequent blood patch).

I was diagnosed with DVT, a blood clot in my low right leg. Rushing over to the hospital, I began my current decent in to the dark side of medical problems. First, they had to keep me there and start treating me so I don't a) have a stroke b) have a heart attack or c) stop breathing from the blood clot breaking off and traveling to my brain, heart, or lungs.

After several days of tests, blood drawing, meds, no sleep, etc. I was released Saturday, one week ago. Since then, I have to give units of blood every other day, give myself injections in the stomach twice a day and go to a grocery list of doctors.

There is a silver lining. I am finding new ways to relate and respect the things my friends have gone through over the past 2 years. I'm also getting the pins removed from my foot Friday.

Right now I could use a steak. You know replenish some of the massive amounts of blood I've given away. I wish my dad would bar-b-que something, even if it is 115 degrees outside. I also could use a margarita. That's not going to happen either!

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