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Monday, December 13, 2010

And the saga continues...

It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings! And I'm not singing, lol!

This surgery saga keeps going and going... and according to my doctor, it could continue for MONTHS.

I went in to my doctor for a follow-up appointment on Tuesday. The seroma behind my incision was (and still is) oozing, but during the night before I woke up with horrible pain in my right leg. When I mentioned this to him, he sent me for an ultrasound of my leg to check for a possible blood clot.

And of course, I had one. A big one. "Deep Vein Thrombosis".

Straight to the emergency room I was told to go... do not pass GO, do not collect $200.

I only had to spend the night in the hospital (thank GOD). I am now on Lovenox injections and Coumaden to thin my blood. WHICH SUCKS.

Both the lady from the pharmacy at the hospital and my primary care doctor have scared me to DEATH about the risks of having this blood clot and taking blood thinners. Every medication I take and everything I eat can affect the Coumaden levels in my bloodstream, which will also affect the thinness of my blood and whether or not the clot moves and kills me. Any chest pain, any leg pain higher than my knee, any unexplained coughing or shortness of breath... it can all mean that the clot has moved to my lungs, where it can cause a pulmonary embolism. Which "could" kill me.

Damn.

Soooo.... I am definitely trying to take care of ME. My leg is MUCH better. For days I could barely walk on it. It is still swollen, but the pain is almost gone and I am not limping as much now. I am still on the Lovenox injections twice per day. Because I am so big, I have to take 140mg, which has to be split into TWO injections of 100mg + 40 mg. That's FOUR injections per day that HURT LIKE HELL. (One more reminder of how being overweight SUCKS). But I am doing everything the doctor says. I am taking care of me.

I was looking forward to getting back to my Isagenix cleanse, but my doctor said NO because of the Coumaden and the fact that a lot of natural herbs don't interact well with it. I am bummed, but I am doing very well with eating. My appetite is back, but my portions are still small. I weighed the other day and saw the lowest number I've seen in a while. I've lost over 10 lbs since all this started.

I'm not stressing the weight loss right now, though. It will happen if I stay aware and keep the portions right. I am making good choices. I am really trying to be WELL again.

Everything happens for a reason. Maybe this experience is to teach me that my health is non-negotiable...?

7 comments:

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

Our health is NON-NEGOTIABLE! Yes! And it's really all we have.
Be well, hun. Glad you're taking care of yourself.

Jane said...

Hollie,
I'm sorry that you have had such a difficult time with this surgery. But you are wise to put your health and recovery first. The weight loss push can weight until you are 100% healthy again. Take care of yourself.

Juli's Journey said...

OMG. I hope you feel better soon. I agree, our health is Non-negotiable. That should be on a billboard.

Joanie said...

I’m new to your blog and love how you write. I’ve had complications with surgery so I can empathize with what you’re going through. Please take care and keep writing. I’m hooked and want to read a happy ending to the “saga.”

Shabby Chic Mom said...

Hi,
I'm new to your blog also and how scary! I'm glad you are feeling better! Hang in there, you are so right, our health is NON NEGOTIABLE!

M said...

I'm so sorry that you got some scares! Take care of yourself, and relax.

jean said...

Losing on weight is not all about wanting to look good. Most of the time, we do it for health purposes and we know that a diet solution may be of help. I hope you do great in your undertaking. All the best.