Next morning at the doctor's office, he took one look at my leg and sent me for a sonogram. After the sonogram, they stuck me in a wheelchair and told me I wasn't walking anywhere. They sent me right into the emergency department.It had only been a couple of weeks since I was in the hospital for 4 days after my back injury.
|Bummer, My leg is really swollen from a Blood Clot|
Well, here I was back again. The last place I wanted to be. I joked with the nurse about shutting off my life support, which my wife didn't find funny, but it made the nurse and I laugh. I find it best to try and find humor in a bad situation. What else are you going to do?
|My son and I hamming it up for the camera in the Emergency Dept.|
It was a long day and almost dark when we were heading home. I was starving so I asked my wife to go through the drive through at KFC. I ordered their cole slaw which is always comfort food for me. I bought 3 quarts and ate a whole one. That night I gave myself my first Warfarin pill 5 m.g. and gave myself a Lovenox/Heparin shot. This went on for a couple of days and all this time I was still feasting on KFC cole slaw. Well they checked my blood clotting factor and it was only 1.4 after 3 days. The Coumadin Clinic was mystified. I should have been around 2.0 so they said to take 1 and a half pills. (7.5 m.g.) I arrived home and it was lunch time. My wife got out the last of the cole slaw, as I looked on my phone for what kind of vegetables were high in vitamin K. I was told to really watch my consumption of dark green leafy vegetables. Kale is at the top of the list for being high in Vitamin K. Cabbage is right up there at the top also.
|Foods high in vitamin K include Cabbage, Broccoli, Leafy Vegetable, Cauliflower, Kale and Cereal|
I'm not always the best at change, but when it comes to survival, one can do whatever it takes.
Here is some advice for DVT patients: Don't freak out if you have to give yourself shots, it isn't that bad and it is a temporary situation. So I'll post my video again on how to give yourself a shot.
Taking Coumadin/Warfarin is a bummer. Bleeding and bruising are things you need to avoid. I'm a lot more careful these days. There are plenty of negative side effects with blood thinners, but when you have a life threatening issue like DVT, it is a necessity.
As soon as I am able to get off of the Coumadin, I will resume taking enzymes. This time I'll start with Blockbuster All-clear, since it is a combination of Nattokinase and Serrapeptase. I will also be upping my intake of fish oil from one teaspoon daily to two teaspoons.
I will be losing some weight and work on Palliative care for my back. That means working out, without doing more damage or injury to my spine.
Here is a list of things that will help you if you have a blood clot or if you want to avoid getting one.
- Stop Smoking: smoking constricts blood flow and reduces the bodies ability to oxygenate
- Hydrate: drink lots of pure water. Energy drinks and coffee tend to dehydrate your body, so if you are a coffee-holic, make sure and drink enough water to offset the caffeine.
- Get up and move while traveling. Wear pressure stockings to prevent blood settling in your legs. If on a long drive stop and get out of the car every hour or two. Stretch your legs, curl your toes and roll your ankles.
- Exercise daily: Go for a walk, ride a bike, jog or go swimming. Get your blood pumping and increase your fitness and overall health.
- Talk with your doctor about any medicines you are taking and the side effects or risks involved. My blood clots were caused by transfusions of Immune Globulin. Women commonly run risks of developing blood clots from excess estrogen, in birth control pills, which raises the clotting factor, and risk.
The following website has a long list of drugs that may increase the risk of developing blood clots: