Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Welcome 2013! I am so happy to be here to say that. This past year has had some difficult challenges, but many joyous occasions as well. . . . .
This time last year I was gimping around with several stress fractures in my foot. I was hospitalized with blood clots after the doctor prescribed a walking boot, and it was then discovered that I have a genetic blood clotting disorder. (HINT: Do not clean the house barefoot. Wear a pair of closed-toed shoes. Some of us, like me, have to learn the hard way!) Now on blood thinner for the rest of my life. Learned warfarin is a very ¡§fussy¡¨ med, so must also monitor Vitamin K foods and be careful of other meds and supplements as well as alcohol. Had a couple of scares and underwent two minor surgeries in November, and ended up missing out-of-state Thanksgiving celebrations with our families. Developed a hemotoma as a result from twice-daily injections of blood thinner when I had to go off the warfarin. It is still healing after four weeks. Husband partially tore a tendon in his ankle and ended up with four blood clots in his leg. Instead of spending a long weekend at a lake over Labor Day Weekend with friends and family, we spent half a day in ER and then home for him to rest his leg. Have had some other medical difficulties between the two of us this past year, and are hoping for a healthier 2013.
Now on the flip side, the biopsies were clean and there¡¦s no cancer! Even though taking a blood thinner daily is a pain, I am thankful that there is such a med to help me. And since it is genetic, I was able to alert other family members to get tested. Because I have to keep Vitamin K foods consistent in my diet, I am now eating a leafy green veggie every day, in addition to other veggies. This is a good thing. º My husband¡¦s blood clots are injury-related and is not genetic, so he is on blood thinner for just six months. We missed a couple of vacations because of health issues, but we are soon headed to Treasure Cay in the Bahamas to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful beaches. A third grandson was born a couple of weeks ago, and another grandchild is on the way. Love those boys, but am hoping this next one is a girl. Three brothers, three sons, and three grandsons. I think it is high time to sneak a little girl in there. º
Instead of making New Year¡¦s resolutions this year, which I never keep anyway, I decided to just make 2013 an all-around healthier year. I chose not to take a college class this semester (besides working full-time and doing a lot of babysitting), and use the time instead to enjoy my hobbies and friends, get back into exercising consistently and de-clutter my house. Okay, maybe I won¡¦t enjoy de-cluttering my house so much, but it sure feels good when it is clean. Haha
I wish for all of you a healthy, joyous and prosperous! Take care of yourselves, and enjoy your family and friends!