Ugh, Healing from my amputation was a walk in the park compared to healing from a blood clot after surgery… On Day 25 after my bk amputation, I won the “by chance lottery” I had a 2% chance of getting a blood clot – and I did. I got a doozy of a blood clot too. DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) the entire length of my “good” leg and into my groin.
Albeit the DVT is temporary, it has opened my eyes to immortality. Every day my priority is to, live. The Doctor said that if anything dangerous was going to happen it will be within the first 2 weeks. I am writing this on day 14, and I am so excited to be out of the danger zone.
The DVT has slowed the healing down. I need to be careful with my movements and stress level that I do not break off a part of the blood clot, which… could kill me. You know… just regular day to day things that someone should slow down for.
So, Slowing Down for me means…
80% of my day I am resigned to laying horizontal in my bed. So outside of sleeping, I can do small trips from the bed, like walking with my walker. Every few days I notice I can go a few feet further. I want to introduce this guy below.
I don’t mention my husband that often on social media. So here he is, meet Gus. Gus is always there for me. I am very lucky to have a soul mate like him. We are not a perfect couple by all means, but we have a solid relationship (married 28 years now). I am very thankful to have him with me through this ordeal. I love him to the moon.
With DVT I am unable to go up or down stairs, so my bed is temporarily in the living room. Besides my bed, there are a few chairs and a 2 person love seat. This small love seat is where my husband has been sleeping every night since the diagnosis of the DVT.
My exercise routine is…
- This is part of my amputee physio, I have added another 6 movements including sit ups.
Life sometimes gives you limitations you need to focus on what you CAN do. Today I CAN sit in my wheelchair and do the dishes, empty the dishwasher. I CAN go through the mail and toss (recycle) unwanted flyers. I CAN fold clean clothes from the laundry. I CAN while in my chair, reach and move to keep upper body and heart pumping. Add all this up and it equals a fabulous day.
I do have down moments or even whole days of being unmotivated but they are getting less and less as I focus on what I CAN do.
Once my DVT gets smaller, I can get back to getting into a prosthetic leg. I see the carrot at the end of the string and I want it. I want to walk with the fast paced walkers here in Canada. I want to do a Mudder race here in Ottawa. I want to hike mountain trails in Hawaii. I just want to wake in the morning and walk to get a cup of coffee. That is where all this started, walking pain free. I choose to abandon my pain and have the BK amputation. I am still very excited for my new life. I just need to get through this tiny speed bump.
Every day I am stronger and stronger. Physically AND mentally.