March is National DVT Awareness Month

March is the official DVT Awareness Month, which is something that is very important to me.   What that means…

March is national Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month, a public health initiative aimed at raising awareness of this commonly occurring medical condition and its potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism.

My story….

Not once, but twice, I have come close to dying from DVT’s. The first time, a few years ago, led to 7 pulmonary embolism’s (PE) and 2 cardiac arrests from a simple knee surgery. After the second cardiac arrest, they placed an IVC filter to help prevent any future clots from becoming a PE. I was in a coma, and on life support. My doctor told my parent’s I would not survive. Thank god for being stubborn! A tough year with a couple surgeries, a few changes in my lifestyle. and I was fine.

Just last year, I had a Doctor advise me to go off my blood thinners for 5 days, for a simple outpatient surgery.  In those 5 days, blood clots developed, and I developed IVC thrombosis (blood clots in my Inferior Vena Cava which clogged the filter). The pain was so severe, that they misdiagnosed it to a kidney infection and put me on antibiotics. Two days later, I wasn’t even able to walk and called 911. By the time I arrived at the hospital, I was fully septic and all my organs were shutting down. At this point, they had no idea why. It wasn’t until the next day that they found the blood clots. Long story short, I would have about 5 to 10 years left to live due to complications from the clots, and eventually my heart would give out. The Surgeon at the hospital I was at, recommended I see a Dr. at USC who performed a risky surgery that could help me, and I was so scared hearing about it, that I decided to just go home thinking it would be fine. A month goes by, and I am still in so much pain and unable to walk, I finally broke down and got in touch with my Doctor to have the surgery.  It was a scary 7 hour procedure which had me on bypass, 4 stents were implanted in my veins to open the flow, and a Venavac procedure to remove the clots. It was a long recovery and I had to learn to walk again but today I am fine. My quality of life is back to normal levels with the exception of having to take blood thinners for the remainder of my life.  An unwelcome addition but a small price to pay. 

Before any of this happened to me, I had no idea what a blood clot even was. That very first time I woke up from my coma and was informed of the clots, I was utterly clueless.  So please… take a few minutes to read, to learn about the risks of this disorder. Never be afraid to question  your own doctor because trust me when they say 75% of Americans do not know about blood clots, that INCLUDES our medical professionals.

To the Post:

Body:                 Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara

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Skin:                 [Glam Affair] Korina @The Skin Fair

Hair:                 DOUX – Vega

Lipstick:        Ascendants @The Skin Fair

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Pose:                 Amitie  – Rustic Mood Board – Equal 10


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