All that FWK asks for in life is reasonable weather and an able body to throw over the saddle so he can pedal till his heart is content. We all know that Spring this year has been very shy to show it's warm side. We can have sunny days, which all cyclists appreciate, but, getting over 60 has been a considerable challange for our mother, the earth. Now, I knew I would miss a week of riding due to the surgery mentioned in my previous post. But, I hadn't planned on the latest turn of events: a DVT (deep vein thrombosis), more commonly called a blood clot. These are quite serious, and especially so if ignored. Thankfully, the pain was great enough that I drove myself to the emergency room last Thursday after work to get it diagnosed. Here's the story:
Last Sunday (Mother's Day) I felt a pain in my right calf, nothing serious, but we cyclists are always concious of our legs. The pain got a little worse Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday at work, the company nurse was in. I spoke to her regarding the pain, she said it could be a blood clot and to put a heating pad on it. I got home and decided that I needed a bike ride, as it had been one week since I had pedaled. Just 22 miles in the park and my leg didn't feel any better or worse afterwards. I put the heating pad on for an hour and went to sleep. Woke up at 1:30 to wizz, put my feet on the floor and I could barely walk! Took 4 ibuprofen and strapped the heating pad on again. Got up at 5 to go to work. It's now Thursday, 1:00 PM. My leg is really starting to hurt. I tried calling my clinic, but I couldn't get through. At 3:00, it hurts like hell and I call the clinic again. I spoke with the nurse. There were no openings that day. I asked her if I should go to urgent care or the ER, she said definitely go to the ER. Went there straight from work. They did an ultrasound and confirmed the DVT. Then the nurse told me I would be taking 2 types of blood thinners to dissolve the clot; one oral and one by injection. OK, I thought. Then she said, I'll be bringing you a syringe so you can give yourself the shot and then you'll give the rest of them to yourself at home!
WHAT!! I HAVE TO GIVE MYSELF SHOTS??? She smiled and said "yep!" I've now given myself 6 shots and have 5 to go! You just grab the beer belly fat, stick the needle in, and push down the plunger. Haven't fainted yet, but I do have 6 black and blue spots on my belly.
Anyway, anyone reading this, if you have leg pain below the knee and a swollen calf, get it checked out! I did not have any bruising or lump that I could see or feel. The only way it can be truly diagnosed is with an ultrasound.
Hopefully I'll see you on the road soon.
PS-Our company nurse was wrong. Do NOT put a heating pad on suspected blood clots. This may cause them to break up. That is definitely what you don't want to happen.