What do I want people to know about me? As I thought about this, I struggled. I am just an ordinary person. I am 52, single, working full time as an accountant for a management company.
Upon further contemplation, I realized I was no longer ”ordinary”. November 18, 2014 changed that. This was the day I learned I had a blood clot in my leg and clots in my lung. This was the day I officially became a survivor. I survived the “Silent Killer.”
I was transferred to a larger hospital for further treatment.
While most of that time is a blur, the only thing I remember vividly is thinking — it is just a clot — something small — nothing to really worry about.
Talk about being naive and uneducated.
My “small”clot was actually an extensive right lower extremity DVT and a massive saddle pulmonary embolism extending into the pulmonary arteries bilaterally. My DVT was idiopathic, meaning no cause could be determined.
My life will be forever changed. I never realized the mental side effects of a clot. I am not sure the underlying anxiety of having a recurrence will ever go away, although it has lessened over time. I will be a lifer on coumadin.
Finding this group, Surviving a Silent Killer, has been a godsend. It has enriched my life and empowered my recovery.