i just moved to a new city (nashville TN) a few weeks ago, and i started my new job last week.
It all started about two weeks ago…I had some slight back pain, which slowly worked its way down in to my right leg. Eventually it got to the point where I couldn’t walk, and the pain was completely taking over my life. So, I drove myself to the Vanderbilt ER.
They did multiple tests including an ultra sound, CT scan, and an MRI. They found a blood clot that went from my lower back down to my right calf, about three feet of clotted blood. The cause of this is my inferior vena cava (wikipedia it for an accurate description).
My inferior vena cava is very narrow compared to a normal one. Therefore, I’m very prone to blood clots. I have no problem getting blood to my legs, but I do have a problem getting the blood back to my heart. This is highly unusual for a healthy, non smoking 23 year old. But this has been something that has been compiling my whole life. I’m lucky they found it now. A blood clot can break free and go in to your lungs, and you can die very quickly.
When you’re in a hospital in a city where you don’t know anybody, it sucks…big time. When the nurses ask if you have any family in the waiting room, everything comes to a halt, and you have an immediate realization as to how insignificant you are. When you have to say "no," you fully understand that you are alone. No one is going to come see you.
I didn’t eat the first 48 hours I was there because the doctors wanted to be prepared for the worst. If I had a full stomach of food, they wouldn’t be able to sedate me in case I had to undergo emergency surgery.
I was there for six long days. But i'm out now, and I’m going to be ok. I have to take blood-thinning medication for the next six months. I also have to give myself a shot twice a day for a while. I have no idea how I’m going to pay for this hospital visit or my medicine. I started a job a week ago in which I would receive health benefits after 90 days of working, but I was in the hospital after only 4 days of starting this job. Luckily the medicine is only $4 to refill at Walmart. But the shots cost $100 a piece. $100 a pop, two a day, you get the idea…But overall, I’m very happy to be out of the misery and excruciating pain which I was in.
This is something that will change my daily routines forever. I have to monitor my blood and keep it thin on a daily/weekly basis. Since my blood is going to be very thin, I have to take precautions so that i don't get cut and bleed to death.
....now i'm not sharing this as a sob story or a "feel sorry for me" kind of thing. something doesn't want me to succeed. it really doesn't. i took a huge chance and moved to this city where i don't know a single person b/c my old town had very little opportunity and i wanted a better quality of life. not to mention, a better chance at real estate investing.
i'm going to be a success story. i don't have a choice! i don't have a choice other than to be positive and succeed. this new challenge is going to make it harder than ever, but maybe that's just what i need.
that's they way i have to look at it. wish me luck.
"how you do anything, is how you do everything."