Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Blood Clot Scare

I have been having pain in my calf for about a week now and yesterday it began to get worse. I asked a paramedic friend and my dad what he thought and they said I was right to be concerned and i do need to call the doc in the morning. I called this morning and told the med assistant about the pain in my calf, the fact that I have had a blood clot before, and that this pain felt sinmilar to the other clot I had. She said I was right to call an she scheduled me for an ultrasound to check the veins. I was alittle freaked out becasue they told me if I have a clot I would be admitted right away to the hospital to start the levinox (sp?) and would stay in until the levels were at a therapeutic level. The test sowed no clots so that was good. They still don't know what is going on, but the theory is that I maybe got a cramp or a charlie horse and because I am not walking it hasn't had a chance to work itself out. I am allowed to go back to rehabbing now and I will see the surgeon in 2 weeks for my 6 week follow up xrays and getting off crutches. When I went in at 2 weks I was told I could not ride a stationary bike, so today when I called with my results I asked again. Because I am now 4 weeks post op I am allowed to ride a bike with no resistance and with the seat high enough where my hip does not go more than 90 degrees. I think I will try the bike tomorrow. All things considered, I am doing well and counting down the days until no more crutches.

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