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Blood Clot and Thankful Thursday

Well, this morning I went back to the doctor thinking I'd end up with another painful antibiotic shot. Instead I was sent to the hospital for an ultrasound. The concern was a blood clot in my neck. I wish I would have eaten breakfast is all I can say. I had expected to be at work by the time they were checking me in to the hospital.

Long story short - blood clot. My doctor wanted to try a new treatment using Xarelto rather than put me in the hospital for the traditional treatment.

All I know is that I'm kind of scared. I was told not to do anything either so any form of stress relief I have always turned to, running or lifting, I can no longer do. I don't know how long I'm going to be unable to be active either. My course of medication is 21 days with frequent trips back for blood work and monitoring.

So today I need to find things to be thankful for rather than worrying about something I can't fix right away.

I'm thankful for:

My husband for either making dinner or making sure to really help me out with dinner since I've been sick. And is by my side right now.

Friends who have randomly emailed or sent me messages checking in on me.

Pink Lady Apples

Source: google.com via Shelly on Pinterest


Yoga pants - I've kind of been living in them recently.

For finding a doctor that I actually feel like I trust and who listens rather than tries to just rush me out.

My dad and step-mom for sending me a cute get-well-soon e-card


For my mom and sister who have been an ear for me.

What are you most thankful for today?

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