Last Thursday I went to see my cardiologist because my right leg, the one they used for the heart catheterization, had been swollen for a week and was painful if I walked or stood for very long. (actually, it wasn’t the same cardiologist who did the procedure, because he was out of town) She gave me an order for ultrasound tests of the arteries and the veins in the right leg. She expected it would be a problem with the artery, such as an arteriovenous fistula or a pseudoaneurysm, because they are common complications after a heart cath.
When I went back on Friday for the tests, it turned out that I had a blood clot in one of the veins of my leg — what they call DVT, or deep vein thrombosis. DVT can be very dangerous because if the clot breaks off it may travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. So the cardiologist sent me down to the ER and they started me on blood thinners.
I was moved to a regular room in the mid-afternoon. I spent the rest of Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and part of today in the hospital — the first time I’ve been hospitalized for a non-mental illness condition since I had my children! My youngest is 24, so you can see it’s been a long time.
It was boring, but I did watch a few old movies I’d never seen before like Men in Black and Ghostbusters. Needless to say, I’ve very thankful to be home again!