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 that’s so scary. Good for you for being an advocate for your own health and pushing back against your complacent doctor. After recovering, I’d sure be looking for a new physician!! I hope you rest and get lots of snuggles with Jellybean. 💕💕

  1. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. You bring so much joy to us, please rest as much as you need

  2. Take your sweet time and recover. We need you.
    Jellybean needs you.
    The joy you bring the love you share with us lights up everyone you touch. I am so relieved you are home to heal. What you have been through is unacceptable. I’m sending you my best. When we are unable to knit, our bodies are convincing us to rest and recover. Positive thoughts and good feelings are the helping hand our mind and bodies need during this time to return to Joy. Let sorrow rest, we will hold you in the Light for a full recovery. You are the Brightest Spark I saw you on Knit Stars and I’m so relieved you are home mending yourself back together. Gentle days for your body and such a good companion and care giver you have with you.
    Sending hugs and love.❤️

  3. Infuriated by your doctor. Hope your recovery is smooth and complete.

  4. I am so grateful to learn that you are home and recovering. Your experience illustrates the importance of listening to one’s own body and advocating for one’s own health. The frightening thing is that so many people aren’t able to do so.

    Please have a restful and full recovery.

  5. Oh, no! How terrifying that must have been. I’m grateful you are on the road to recovery, but upset by all you have been through. Please rest and get well. We are all thinking of you.

  6. I have tears in my eyes and a Jellybean lookalike in my lap – I’m grateful that you’re recovering but so angry with doctors who don’t listen or believe us. Take all the time and peace you need to recover.

  7. I’m so glad that you caught the PE before something serious happened! Your story reinforces to me that it is so important to listen to your body and be an advocate for your health. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t let a doctor dismiss it!

  8. Prayers for your continued healing….rest as long as you need to.

  9. I hope you are on the road to recovery. Good for you for taking the time to completely heal. I am beyond furious with doctors who don’t listen to women. Panic attacks? Are you kidding me? Feels like we are back in the 17th century.

  10. My Darling friend, I thank God you are recovering and listening to your body. Rest easy and allow hubby and friends to care for you ❤️

  11. I’ll keep you in my prayers – and good for you to be confident and know your body enough to push back on the doctors.

    1. Wishing you a quick and complete recovery! Thank you for the “yards of happiness” you bring to my life with your beautiful smile and your lively exuberant knits. 💗➕😘

  12. Oh my!! Keeping you in my thoughts. I’m very angry with your doctor.

  13. What a scary story, Dana! I’m so very glad you’re now on the mend. Take good time to heal well. Hugs and much love, dear one!

  14. Jellybean will be so glad that you can spend all your time with her. Hope your recovery is speedy. We need your happiness.

  15. I am glad to hear that you are on the mend and that you’re taking time to recover. I wish you good health.

    I am furious that you were misdiagnosed twice. I’m just going to say it: a man would NEVER be (mis)treated this way. A medical person would never dismiss your symptoms as anxiety and/or allergies without looking more closely into the matter.

  16. So grateful that you received the treatment you needed. The angels were surely looking after you. I know that you have been a huge inspiration for me, on many levels. At this moment I am working on the Linus cardigan (I am so copying the color choices you made 😁 and the collar). As I knit I have been thinking of you and praying for your good health. It is obvious that God still has plans for you on this earth since you are coming out the other side of a life threatening situation. I look forward to seeing you return to vibrant good health, that is what I envision happening. 🙏🏻💕🌅💓

  17. Take all the time you need to heal. You are truly blessed with many admirers and we are all praying for your speedy recovery.

  18. Your doctor’s an idiot & I’m glad you continued to push back. Also glad you’re on the mend & best wishes for an even speedier recovery.

  19. Rest well, dear one. When you are ready the knitting will be there.

  20. Thank goodness someone made the right diagnosis. Rest and mend and cuddle with Jellybean. We’re all rooting for you.

    1. Oh Dana, I totally understand as I had a similar PE after a surgery. Take the time to ~ Heal. Heal. Heal.

  21. Sending you much healing love and as many prayers and good thoughts as I can muster. Please take very good care of yourself – you and your thoughts and talents are precious to all of us.

  22. Sending restful thoughts and wishes for a full recovery. You contribute so much brightness to the yarn world, and I’m grateful for you, and everything you’ve shared. ❤

  23. Thank you for taking this time for yourself. You, and your health, are important! All prayers for continued improvement.

  24. Dear Dana,
    I am so glad you are recovering and found out about this condition before it was too late. You are such an amazing person and I have learned so much from you. Best wishes on your recovery.
    Marie Aronson

  25. How awful and scary and frustrating!! Best wishes for a swift, complete recovery!

  26. Omg!! So very glad you are ok..sending lots of love hugs and prayers your way!!

  27. I’m so sorry this happened to you and I’m sending you love and light for a full recovery. I’m sorry that not only were you sick and having to expend physical energy repairing your body, you also had to expend psychic energy advocating for yourself against a racist and sexist medical system that disrespects Black women’s bodies and souls and intellects. Panic attacks and allergies indeed! I hope when this is over you can find a Black female doctor who takes care of you how you should be taken care of. Rest as much as possible. The body, soul and psyche takes longer to heal than you think! My thoughts are with you.

  28. Dana – please rest and allow Jellybean to be your “comfort dog”…like he wasn’t already!

  29. I am so very glad to know you are taking some down time after such a terrible experience! Thank heaven you made it thru! Take as long as you need and consider lessening your responsibilities. We all love you and look forward to seeing you whenever you feel up to rejoining our world. Giant hugs from afar!

  30. I’m so glad that you are recovering and alive! Take the time to recover! Knitting and your followers can wait. Jellybean cannot wait! She needs you! Ad your husband too.. You are what is important! You have mentored and inspired so many people, including me, to do better and stand in that gap. Thank you for sharing yourself and stories all these years in addition to the knitting inspiration you provide. You had me at ‘Neutral to Neon Raglan’ and your sweaters for Cher ❤ and Jellybean. Your follower, Amy (and her rescue chihauhau mixes, Miles and Olive)

  31. Take your time for healing. Your experience reminds me that we have to speak up for ourselves and demand that doctors listen to us. Praying for a full recovery.

  32. Oh my goodness Dana! How frightening! So sorry to hear. Wishing you a speedy and thorough recovery. Rest well. PS: love your blog posts. Thank you for them.

  33. Thank goodness they finally got your diagnosis correct. Kudos to you for pushing back until it was right. Best wishes for a safe and speedy recovery.

  34. Dana, I have such compassion for you as you recover. I was blindsided by unexpected lung surgery. Afterwards I was unable to do anything: no knitting, no reading, not even mindless TV. A friend said “You are NOT doing nothing, you are RECOVERING. Recovery is a full time job.” She was right, I did recover. Snuggle Jellybean and take one day at a time. Thanks to God for revealing your diagnosis and guiding treatment. Prayers for your continuing recovery. Carol

  35. Big hugs! Good for you for listening to your body. Glad you pressed on til you got the help you needed. Happy you are healing and giving yourself time to recover. Take care, xo Rebecca

  36. Sounds like a close call…I hope you fired that doctor and have a better new one. There lots of stuff to watch.

  37. Sending lots of love, support and healing powers your way – you have made this past year so much better for so many people.

    On Mon, May 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM Yards of Happiness wrote:

    > IamDWJ posted: ” 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, someti” >

  38. I hate that shortness of breath feeling! I’m glad you eventually found someone to take you seriously and get it taken care of. Does this mean blood thinners for life? Take care of yourself.

  39. Rest, rest, rest. Let you body get back to normal!

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