It all started a few weeks before I went into hospital, where I was having bad pains in my legs and chest. Me being only 20 thought nothing of these pains and carried on with my life as normal.
That was until I took the rubbish out 1 morning and passed out on my doorstep. I tried to stand up but every time I did I could see all these colours and I couldnt focus on anything. Luckily my housemate was still at home so I phoned her from outside the flat to tell her what had happened and to ask if she'd take me to hospital, of course she obliged.
Upon reaching the hospital, I must have explained my story to what seemed like 100 different doctors. They sent me for a chest xray, they gave me beta blockers as they thought I had something wrong with my heart. I was violently sick and then began to have a panic attack which seemed to last forever.
A few hours later they tried to take my pulse, but could not find a strong enough vein, all my blood was pumping to my organs where it was needed.
They eventually worked out what was wrong with me and sent me for a CT scan, which showed that I had a major pulmonary embolism and they would need to operate on me straight away. Obviously I did not know the severity of this until a few days later. So they wheeled me through to the operating theatre and inserted large metal skewer type objects into my groin and up to my lungs. I was awake through the whole procedure and was that oblivious to the severity of it that I was watching everything on the screen above me.
Once that was done and I had survived it they took me to intensive care where I spent the night, full of various tubes.
The next day I was able to go down to a different ward as they were happy with my recovery. It was not until a day or two later where I actually found out how serious this whole ordeal had been. One of the doctors told me that in 5 years of experiencing cases like my own, I was the only 1 to have survived.
This all happened 5 years ago, I now have to take warfarin for life and when it comes to being pregnant I think will be a whole new ordeal in my life, but hopefully 1 that is completely worthwhile.
When life gets on top of me I remind myself of this day and it makes me grateful to my wonderful friends and family and how my life is coming together nicely!
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