I'm 35 years old and i have a son who is 13 years old. I work part-time as an opticial assistant.
I suffered my 1st dvt while pregnant and the RAF doctors neglect me as i had pain, swelling, redness, hot leg but they put it down to my son lying on a nerve. It took them 2 months to dignoise a blood clot which damaged my muscles in my leg. They also did not monitor my warfrin correctly and i took another clot while on it then they eventually reffered me to nhs hospital who also put it down to pregnancy. It was till my 3rd dvt that i got reffered to the specialist military hospital in birmingham after 3 years which helped to get my condition diagnosed with mayturner syndrome which make my leg sore, swollen, give way and difficulty walking or standing for long but also cant sit for long, but I need to alleviate my legs so the pain comes to a bearable level. I have seen a surgeon who has told me that there is nothing else he can do as the operation i could get is to risky. The operation i had to put a stent in did not work as blocked off several times and the last time they said they could not unblock it again. The surgeon said the risky operation would only be done in extreme circumstances as a last resort and it's just a matter of me managing my own pain with the help of pain specialists.
I was a qualified stewardess in the RAF, but I had to leave after 9 years service as i was limited to the amount of flying i can do, since I cannot sit or stand for long periods either i am also limited to jobs they could put me on. I used to love mountain walking/ hillwalking, doing flying for a job, loads of different sports, going to the gym, cooking and baking, but I cannot do these things now, since I can only stand for 15 to 20 minutes maximum and walking on uneven ground serves to inflame my facet joints too.
I'm very lucky with my job as an opticial assistant as i can sit or stand when needed and its only part time as no longer able to work full time.