This journey for me all started in 2005 when my back went out. I was literally in bed for two and a half months before they could get me in for surgery. I could not walk and had to have my son, mother- in- law, sister and my husband assist me to the bathroom and back to bed.
My first back surgery was August of 2005. During this surgery they took the bottom two discs out and didn’t put anything in their place. Another surgery came in 2008 where they removed another disc above where the other two were. At this time, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, severe nerve damage in my left leg, irregular heartbeat, severe depression, anxiety, panic attacks and several other medical conditions.
In May 2011, I had a spinal cord stimulator put in. It is supposed to help with the chronic back pain.
In January 2014 ,I started swelling in my face, legs, hands, etc. The then put me on a water pill. It worked for a little while.
Then in September of 2014, my legs swelled so bad they looked like tree trunks. I couldn’t see my knees or ankles and my face swelled up enormously. That evening I started having heart palpitations and really bad chest pain. I honestly thought it was a heart attack. I took my blood pressure and it was really high. I told my husband that I needed to go to the ER. He stated to me that he didn’t have the gas to take me there and still be able to go to work in the morning. By this time, my chest hurt so bad I was crying. I told him I was going to call 911 and he said “No don’t do that. What if someone has a life threatening situation?” At that point, I didn’t care. I called 911. The paramedics came and took my BP. It was 175/110, my pulse was 168 and my O2 was sitting at 87 . I was then placed in the ambulance. By this time, I was wheezing really bad and so they gave me a total of 3 Nitros in the ambulance. It didn’t change anything. I got to the hospital where they took me straight to a room. They did the IV and several other things. Then they rushed me for a CT scan. When the results came back the doctor came in and said you have massive bilateral pulmonary embolisms and a DVT. I had never heard of it before now. He said to me that usually when he places this type of diagnosis on someone they are already deceased. I spent 3 days in ICU. I don’t remember much. I do remember my husband came to see me in ICU. He walked in crying. He said he was so sorry and that he had no idea I was that sick. After 3 days I was sent to a regular room. I spent a total of 6 days in the hospital. They had me on Lovenox injections and Coumadin. I went home with a script for Xarelto for which I am still taking.
A few weeks after all that, I went back in and had another DVT. They kept me a few more days and sent me home. I finally got in to see a hemotologist and asked him to run tests for blood clotting disorders. He said there were too many to test for but he did test for a few it came back I had MTHFR. I had to do some reading to find out what exactly it was.
After I came home from the hospital I was afraid to even move. I had many panic attacks and I was scared to death.
Now, 2 years later, I got a second chance at life! I never take not a minute for granted because it can all be gone in the blink of an eye. I want to say I don’t know what I would have done without this group. You ALL got me through the scariest time in my life ever and for that I can never EVER repay you all! I love each and everyone of you