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The daily routine of putting two injections in my stomach is really getting old. Some days it goes very smoothly, but some days I psych myself out and it takes several stabs to get it right. What gets me through this routine is the fact it keeps me alive and my baby girl, hopefully, will be healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m counting the days until my baby’s birth when I can switch back to my oral blood thinner Coumadin.
The injections are Lovenox , which I’ve written about before. By giving injections rather than swallowing a pill, the blood thinner doesn’t cross the placenta, which is safer for the baby. The injections are also necessary for me so that I don’t develop any blood clots, which could result in another stroke. The downside of doing injections, other than the annoying jab to the belly everyday, is that I can’t have an epidural during labor.
Blood clots are scary. Sometimes you don't even know there are there, until it's too late. That was the case for me. I was going along, living life, feeling fine, and then suddenly I couldn't move my arm or talk. It happened that quickly. One second I was fine, the next, I was not.
When I got to the emergency room back in August 2001, doctors thought I had Bells Palsy. Deep down, I knew they were wrong. Deep down, I knew I was having a stroke , but didn't want to believe it. I was relieved for a moment by thinking I could go home and this would all go away. I'm glad I didn't. Finally, a neurologist examined me and told me what I feared - I was having a stroke.
Once I was rolled back into radiology, the doctors found the blood clot behind my left ear. It's amazing it didn't make it to my brain, but it was still killing my brain cells every second it was there. Since I got to the hospital within three hours of my initial symptoms , I was a candidate for tPa , a clot-busting tr...
Facts are simple things, indisputable conclusions that are as solid as Gibraltar. The myriad bits of information that establish facts may leave us scratching our heads, but the end result is bulletproof.
I still shudder every time I recall algebra class. I could have very well scratched my head bald had simple confusion not been replaced by a comfortable sort of stupor. Still in all, those formulas on the blackboard produced an indisputable Gibraltar time and again. At least that is what those students who actually understood what was going on told me.
Algebra aside, facts are simple things. Having said that, here is a fact: obesity is bad for you . Simple, right? As a matter of fact, obesity can be fatal for a number of reasons. For instance, obesity can cause blood clots . What Are Blood Clots? Blood clots are normally useful. Blood clots help the body repair injured blood vessels by sending platelets to the injured area where they form a plug. The platelets then release...
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