You know about my broken ankle. You know about my reliance on the kindness of strangers. I’ll bet you didn’t know I spent almost a week in the hospital.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY MY PEOPLE.
I had pain in my leg, without swelling, and thought it was only related to my fracture. Well, it turns out that it was deep venous thrombosis (coincidentally, Dr. Oz referenced this in the most recent issue of O Magazine as one of five pains you shouldn’t ignore). The clot then broke off, with parts moving into both of my lungs, a condition also known as pulmonary embolism. SCARY. SHIT.
It’s no secret that I believe in taking care of myself and looking out for my health, but when I tell you that I TOTALLY took this minor break for granted is the understatement of the century. I honestly believed that my shortness of breath was due to a cold. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I had blood clots in my lungs, and I put some Tussin on it. Thought I could let that Tussin sink down to the bone. Is it funny now? Only slightly. Totally unfunny when I was panicking in the hospital.
I was admitted last Tuesday, and on Thursday, I suffered from what is called a vasovagal syncope. It’s a fancy way of saying that I fainted. It’s apparently the most common cause of fainting, but the reasons behind them are fairly broad. Anything from being in a reclining position for an extended period of time, to to the sight of blood. I lost consciousness (fortunately on the bed) was sweating profusely, and the coup de grâce? Vomit. A fuck-ton of vomit.
All this is to say that even I, despite my preaching, have a lot to learn regarding listening to my body. Particularly since I’m more of a summer, rather than spring, chicken (shut your face). Thankfully, I had the good folks in my life checking on me every day. I’m used to being on my own, so it feels good to have people concerned about me and my well being. One of my sisters came up for a few days and helped immeasurably. I’m grateful for having a support system and people who love me.
So now, I’m out of the cast and wearing one of those walking boot things. My brace for my sprained leg has a spider and web logo, so I’ve decided that I’m a superhero for the handicapable.
I’m not out of the woods, and I’ll be on blood thinners for approximately 6 months. Additionally, I’ll have to monitor this condition for the rest of my life due to damage done to my veins. That being said, things are finally on the way up. It’s close to summer, and though I’ll have to cut back on the sangria afternoons, I’m glad to be on the mend, and I’ll be back on my gym grind soon enough.