2015..I mean 2016

Happy 2016! New Year, New you all that fun stuff! Last night we went to bed at our usual time, didn’t even attempt to stay up until midnight. I have been having chest pains and my heart rate has been on the higher side of what it’s been running. The issues lies in that in case I haven’t said this…I have a saddle pulmonary embolism which means pretty much when I say my chest hurts, the response is you have a very large blood clot. So unless I have some other odd symptom everyone is pretty much telling me just watch your symptoms.

So I have been making sure I am drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of rest, etc because I do not want to get sick on top of everything else that is going on with me health wise, so yes I went to bed around 10:30pm last night. My niece according to the video my sister shared with me was going strong running around her living room. I laughed and thought if only we could bottle up some of that energy!! I mean really! I also got a good laugh because she is zipping around shaking this ribbon streamer that she got from Grammy and Granddad for Christmas (my Mom and Dad). I have one too, but mine is a butterfly ribbon.

So wifey is off from work today and the plan is to watch movies, hang out maybe do a little housework. Tomorrow we are going to run a few small errands if I’m up to it. We also need to take down the Christmas decorations and get those put away again. We will no longer have an elf to greet us when we pee…yes that’s what I said. We got this elf toilet seat cover because it was just funny. Sometimes you buy things because it makes you laugh. This is one of those items.

So when the lid is closed you see the smiling elf, when you open it to pee…you see he covers his eyes!! Yes only in my house! (And everyone else who bought one!) My brother was not nearly as amused by my elf as I was, he already complains about the flock of rubber ducks that watch him pee..I have a collection of rubber ducks that sit on the back of the toilet. Advantage of being female we sit for our performance.

If you have been following the blog for awhile you know I have a bit of an odd sense of humor, and know that my brother shares in my odd sense of humor so the comment about the ducks is to be taken tongue in cheek. He and I are very similar personality wise and I love him to death and I love to drive him crazy because isn’t that what siblings are supposed to do?

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5 thoughts on “2015..I mean 2016

  1. tlohuis

    Wow! I’m sorry…………………may I ask, why are your doctor’s letting you run around, outside of the hospital, with a very large pulmonary embolism? That is quite scary. I know a bit about blood clots, as I have a blood clotting disorder and have had a few myself, but luckily, all of mine were superficial and I was told I didn’t need to be worried because they couldn’t break off and go to my lungs, or anywhere else, for that matter. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. I sure hope that blood clot dissolves soon, like yesterday!!!!! Take care………………………..xx 🙂

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    1. trompetaz Post author

      So this is a very complicated question and a very simplified answer is the blood clot has already gone through my heart and possibly done permanent damage (I go for a repeat electrocardiogram in April), and so they are just waiting for my body to dissolve it on its own. There isn’t anything that can be done for me inside the hospital now. I did spend 4 days in ICU and 7 days in the cardiac wing of the hospital when it first happened. So I did spend time in the hospital with all the heart monitoring and tests, etc. Now we just wait. I go to the clinic every week to get my INR checked and I also have other doctors appts as well. I am being carefully monitored by multiple specialists and by my primary care doctor while we wait. I also have a list of if you have x, y, z symptom go directly to the ER do not pass Go. The problem with chest pain is that because I have a large blood clot there really isn’t anything they can do for me because that’s just par for the course right now and because of some other medical stuff they can’t give me any sort of pain killer. I have a blood pressure cuff and a pulse ox meter at home so we can monitor blood pressure and oxygen saturation plus pulse rate to help make decisions on if I need to visit the ER for medical attention. We also have on-call numbers for doctors as well. But I agree I am sooo ready for this thing to be GONE already!!!

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      1. tlohuis

        Wow. I do understand all of what you said. I am a nurse. I’m permanently disabled, but I am still a nurse and still have all the knowledge and then some with all my weirdness, I’ve been forced to learn a whole lot more. I sure hope you don’t have any permanent heart damage. I would still be a nervous wreck even with all the instructions and phone numbers, etc. just because I know what can happen. I have Factor V Leiden, a blood clotting disorder. It puts me at a 5-10 times greater chance of getting a blood clot, than someone that doesn’t have Factor V Leiden. Me, not being up and moving around much doesn’t help matters. I take a baby aspirin in the morning and another one at bedtime. Each tablet is 81 mg. Before and after any surgery, I’m always given Louvenox (probably not spelled correctly) injections. The number of days post-op, depend on the surgery and how long I’ll be down, worse than I already am. Have you ever been tested for Factor V Leiden? I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers and send you lots of good, strong, healing vibes. Hopefully, that thing will dissolve sooner than later. Take care. Thanks for answering my question. Have a good night, or day, wherever you are…………:)

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      2. trompetaz Post author

        No I have not been tested because I have no idea what that is! I did look it up however and will discuss that with my doctor when I see him and see what his thoughts are. Honestly if you read the other posts you’ll see I have a great outlook on life. I see this as I could have died in October but I didn’t I am still alive for a reason and I live one day at a time. So feel free to read the old posts, and I love your poetry! Have a great night!

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  2. tlohuis

    I had no idea what it was til my sister had a still born at 5 1/2 months pregnant. The placenta and umbilical cord were full of blood clots, and cut everything off to the baby. That made the doctor’s suspicious and had her tested. She was told to inform her siblings because it was highly likely that we, too, would have it, but to not rush right out and get tested for it because of insurance reasons. They said that we should mention before we have a surgery, so that’s what I did, and I, too, have it. Now, you shouldn’t have to worry about the insurance thing because there’s supposed to be that no pre-existing clause. You would think that after having such a horrible thing like that, that they would automatically test you for Factor V Leiden. And, I am looking forward to reading more of your posts, right now. Thank you for your kind words about my poetry. Take care and have a good night. xx 🙂

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