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Day 22 full circle ........... The journey starts here

How your life can change in 24 hours !!!!!,

Didn’t mention it yesterday in my post to be honest I forgot . my left calf has been a bit sore the last three days and quite tender and when I tried to get up this morning it was more painful and tender to the touch and I could feel a lump. I had an appointment at the doctors at 9.30am to get my blood pressure checked so I told the nurse and she spoke to a doctor who said I needed to go straight to A&E ............ all I frigging needed !!!

So I phoned my sister in law and she drove me straight there I arrived at 10.30am checked myself in and the TV screen said waiting time 3 hours. Much to my surprise I was seen at 11.15am by a doctor who listened then decided to take my blood pressure oxygen level and 3 files of blood . He measured the circumference of both calf’s. He said he needed to arranged a scan to see if I’d got a blood clot or not. 12.15am I had my scan and unfortunately I had a clot in my vein from my knee and part way up my thigh. At first they thought it was thrombophlebitis which could be treated with painkillers and ibuprofen gel to reduce any inflammation but further investigations showed it was about to become a DVT so I have had to have an injection in my stomach ( blood thinners) then I was allowed home but I’m going to get a call early tomorrow morning to go back to the hospital to organise a treatment plan which may last a few weeks which will consist of daily injections fallowed by another scan in a few weeks. I’d just had two relatively good normal days as you know and now I’ve just been given a proverbial kick in the bollocks !!!

I finally got home at 4pm 5 and a half hours in A&E was just what I’d planned for today NOT!!!!

I’ll need to wait to find out exactly what the plan of treatment is tomorrow and just go with the flow.

I need to try and get my head around it and keep a positive slant it’s just that I had all my exercise planned out for the weekend and now it’s legs elevated and rest .

I’ll update you all after tomorrow’s consultation on what this actually means for my recovery plan

Take care people

Pete ❤️

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Good luck. Will be thinking of you

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Thank you

Pete ❤️

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Oh No! Just as you were doing so well.....keep your chip up and keep us all updated.

Denise

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Hi Denhump

I know I felt really good yesterday and shit today how life changes

Pete ❤️

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PETE... my husband is on Warfarin... This can be sorted very nicely... Immediately I saw painful calf without reading the whole post I knew what that was. All will be well love... Best wishes to you x

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Hi itsinthebag9

Thank you I’m sure it will be it’s just bloody frustrating

Pete ❤️

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I know Pete.... But it can be a risk after an operation. All will be well... Just a blip x

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Best wishes for a speedy way through this setback.

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Thank you so much

Pete ❤️

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Sorry that you've had a minor setback, Pete. Great thing is, it's diagnosed and sorted, so take some positivity from that and look forward to implementing your exercise plan.

It's not about what life throws at you, but how you deal with it and from your posts, it strikes me you're pretty much on top of things. Keep the faith and the healing will happen.

Speedy recovery.

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Thanks Ian

I wont let it beat me I think I’m just frustrated today

A hurdle to get over which I will do

Pete ❤️

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Hi Pete, I imagine the injections are Heparin. I had some of these after my bypass. Because I suffer from PAD I could not wear flight socks as although preventing DVT there would have been the potential of a clot in the artery (think of it as a leg attack _ Gary Mabbutt, the ex-footballer, had a well documented one five years ago). The good thing is you did not try to man it out and it is now being monitored. Cheers, Michael...

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Cheers Michael

Hopefully sorted in a few weeks then get back to the original plan

Pete ❤️

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Oh Pete so sorry to hear this today but the main thing is its being treated . I know it must be so frustrating for you but rest up tonight and tomorrow is another day ( as they say) sending positive vibes and hugs x

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Thank you so much

Pete ❤️

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Hey Pete. So Sorry to hear about your leg. As you say the journey starts here. .. again. But whilst this is a setback you will have a treatment plan so work to that and stay focused on daily improvements. You are such a positive person and I know this definitely wasn’t part of the recovery plan but once you get over the shock and the plan is sorted you will have something to focus on. Take care Pete. Sending hugs and positive thoughts Zxx

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Thanks Z

I’ll know more tomorrow and I’ll just have to get on with it and refocus my mind when I know what the timescales are ........ can’t change it just gonna have to readjust my recovery plan

Take care Z

Pete ❤️

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Oh Pete what a bummer but at least it's been found. You've only to get through tonight before you know what's happening keep strong my friend. It could be worse the constipation could have came back dun dun dun😂

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I know the thought of that constipation doesn’t bear thinking about hopefully I’ll get some answers tomorrow

Pete ❤️

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Couldn't resist sorry. Just think what you've been through already think of it as another step along the highway of life. Onwards and upwards buzz❤️

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Exactly !!!!

Pete ❤️

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That’s a bugger Pete, not how the recovery was planned! Hope everything is sorted quickly and you can get back on track. Just do as your told 😜.

Will be thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed.

Wendy x

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Thanks Wendy

Whatever they tell me to do tomorrow I’ll do as I need to get this sorted ASAP so I can get back to my recovery plan

Pete ❤️

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So sorry to hear this Pete you was doing so well but keep that chin up and carry on with your great sense of humour of yours ,it will help you fight this along with all the other stuff you have tackled.

Joan x

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Thanks Joan

Can’t wait for tomorrow to find out what they need to do to get rid of the blood clot and how long it might take then I will have a goal to aim for

Pete ❤️

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A colleague got one about a decade ago (sedentary lifestyle). Your own body clears the clot over time and anticoagulants prevent it growing or new ones forming. At least your lifestyle is right which is a big plus. It will take a few weeks though.

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I’ve only just joined this group so I do not know your history but whatever you have been through, dont give up. A&E visits are a real trial and so time consuming. Good thing is you recognised you had a problem and dealt with it in a good way, though I feel your GP could have referred you straight to DVT clinic and that would have saved your frustrating wait. Good luck for tomorrow

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Thank you

Pete ❤️

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Oh no... hope you get on ok tomorrow xxxx

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Thank you

Pete ❤️

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Hey Pete. Really sorry to hear that. Bummer! But at least they're at the bottom of it. Hope it gets sorted and you can get the recovery back on track. Nic x

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Hi Nic

Had the next stage of my recovery planned and now it’s scuppered by this bloody clot but I’ll get their once they’ve sorted this out

Pete ❤️

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Yeah it's a knock-back all right and must be deeply frustrating. But onwards and (sort of) upwards! And we're all rooting for you, which is one of the great things about this site. Nic x

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Thank you Nic much appreciated

Pete ❤️

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Sorry to hear that pal just have to follow their rules mate keep going pal my Angiagram at 1pm so the start of my journey hope they have a telly with the golf on lol best wishes

Martin 👍

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Cheers Martin

I will just didn’t need it pal

Pete ❤️

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Awful bad luck, Pete. Keep smiling and follow all the instructions. I’m sure you will. Be thinking of you.

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Hi JayceeW

I will I’ll do what I’m told but it’s just so frustrating

Pete ❤️

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Hi Pete

Poor you. I Do hope that the clot will disperse quickly.

Ann

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Thanks Ann me too

Pete ❤️

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Oh good heavens Pete, you don't deserve that when you have done everything right. I'm in total admiration of your positive attitude not to let it get you down. Take good care.

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Hi Dunestar

From the outset I said I’d try to keep positive which I’ve managed so far if i didn’t keep looking for some positivity I’d go bananas. I completely understand how some people on this journey have become emotional wrecks or even depressed I’m just determined to stay focused

Pete ❤️

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Hi Pete. What an absolute bummer. Hopefully this is the first & last hiccup. Your wonderful sense of humour and positivity will get you through this. Thank goodness it was treated so quickly. Onwards and upwards for you even though you've had this set back. We're all rooting for you. 🌻

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Hi Pete, Hope your hospital appointment goes well. I will be thinking of you today good luck. Blessings, Andy

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Hi Andy

Currently sat on a ward in the hospital waiting to hear from a heamotologist not one of my better days to be honest pal

Pete ❤️

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Omg so sorry to hear what your going through.. talk about being kicked when your down..on the other has your probably very lucky.. I hope with rest you get better soon..x

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Hi Anya

Thanks for your message I hope so too

Pete ❤️

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Thinking about you..keep stron x

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Good gracious, what a shame, so sorry to hear the bad news.

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Keep plugging away Pete, these ups and downs seem to be part of the cycle of events until it all really settles down! At least you are concerned enough and have good folk around to help with all the tooing and froing to the hospital, etc. I know after my big op I felt so much better intitially that I could visualise climbing Everest or something else ridiculous, just so good to be able to lay flat in bed or walk the dog round the block without being exhausted. But then... along comes a morning when I got breathless out walking and I am sure stress plays a big part in it. Also pains in the calf muscles and worries about blood clots like you -fortunately not in my case but you still worry. Now I have a cold, cough and sniffles and worry that will cause fluid back on the lungs - hope not but the first cold in months since my op -another hurdle to get over. As I say keep plugging away and with a bit of luck and good care you will get over this particular hurdle. All the best!

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Hi Dockdog

Sorry to hear you’ve got a cold yes you don’t want that going on your chest but you will be fine I’m on daily injections to get rid of the clots and the nurse I dusted I also had the flu jab as heart patients are not susceptable to getting flu so I said ok . I’m now driving which is a massive plus and given me my freedom back

Keep plugging away stay positive and everything will be fine

Pete ♥️

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