My Blood Clot Story

By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

Recently, I dealt with a cramping pain and swelling in my right leg, due to a DVT blood clot or Deep Vein Thrombosis. I was diagnosed with a blood clot on July 09, 2016, after a four day stay at the hospital for other reasons. I am not sure why I have DVT blood clot or how I developed it. However, I had a Doppler Study or Ultrasound performed, which showed that I did have a blood clot in my right leg. I was discharged from the hospital, but my right leg hurt and it was swelling.

So, I returned to the Emergency Room immediately and I was given Xarelto after the diagnosis was made. I have to take the anti-coagulant for about six months and hope I don’t get another blood clot. I stayed four days in the hospital for a severe UTI that turned to septic infection. Furthermore, I finally received some answers that I have needed for a long time on my chronic abdominal pain and painful flare ups. Thankfully, I learned that I have inflammation in my colon or colitis and I had a colonoscopy which will help give me more answer on my follow up appointment.

I met a new doctor who performed my colonoscopy, while I was in the hospital. I will see him on August 5th, in order to get the results of my procedure and discuss my future options. I am relieved to know the pain was not in my head and finally having a reason has helped calm down my anxiety. I am praying for a resolution for the blood clot and I am praying that I have some answers, as to why my stomach pain flares up from time to time.

I am returning to writing, after a three-month absence from writing and being online. I hope you will look for my new work and check out some of my old work as well. I want to start a healthy discussion about living with DVT blood clots. I hope you will take the time to tell me your story about living with DVT blood clots and how you’re doing now. My goal is to educate, because I had no idea that I had a blood clot until I went back to the Emergency Room.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Crystal K.