An Update

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 💛

120 Replies to “An Update”

  1. Wow, I am so sorry you had to go through all of that. I do hope your doctor is informed of what happened. Shortness of breath really should be examined and taken seriously, and sadly the relationship with your doctor may be beyond repair due to lack of being heard/listened to, but this could be something they can and really ought to learn from. So sad that you had to go through all of that, and I do hope you feel better soon. I hope your energy and vitality come back soon. Take good care! ❤️

  2. Dana, I hope you are on the mend, getting your energy back and generally feeling better. Your loyal followers look forward to a health update. Take care, Kim

    1. This is a great example of the state of womens healthcare! “He” brushed it off as anxiety. I hope you found a new Dr.
      So happy you have recovered.

  3. I hope you are recovering well. It takes a long time to regain strength after something like this, so I hope you are able to rest and fully recuperate. Glad you have your family and your doggies to take care of you!

  4. Oh, my, Dana—what a frightening experience! I’m so glad you persisted in getting help!

    Rest seems like exactly the right approach, and I imagine you’ll heal better and faster because of it.

    I treasure you and am so amazed at all the beautiful items you create, with love and joy. I’m looking forward to knowing that you are fully healed and back to directing the arc of your life.

    Much love,

  5. Am so happy to hear you’re progressing, even slowly. Your doctor needs to hear what damage guesswork produces. Way too common. Please take care.

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