If you follow me on Instagram you may already know I was in the hospital last week but I wanted to give an update and a note about what’s been going on.
Since January I had been experiencing shortness of breath when I walked up the stairs, sometimes when giving a lecture or when talking Jellybean on a walk. In March I went to my doctor about it and he dismissed it as anxiety and panic attacks. When I pushed back, he said it was allergies. Turns out I’ve been walking around with a pulmonary embolism (PE).
Not only was my PE large, it was throwing off smaller clots and the big one was putting a strain on my heart. After erratic breathing, a sky high pulse all the time and almost passing out I ended up in the ER. I had a procedure done to attempt to break down the clots and take some of the stress off my heart and I was in the ICU, but I am home and on the road to recovery.
I’ve been told lots of people die with the clot I had and that terrifies me, so I’ve decided I am taking this month to truly let my body recover. I’m home and okay but my body was so starved for oxygen and working in overdrive for months, it deserves the rest. My pulse is slowly getting into a normal range, my blood thinners are working on the clot and I’m slowly trying to regain my strength. I’m too tired to even knit, so clearly, I’m still recovering.
I have lots of support, love and time and I am thankful for all the well wishes. I just wanted to drop a note to say I’ll be back once I’m feeling strong enough. Promise 💛