Lower lobe lateral basilar segment pulmonary embolus with subpleural airspace opacity. What?! About a week ago, I was working late and not feeling so well. I was worried I was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, so I had one of my friends take me by the hospital. I was diagnosed with a blood clot.
Officially, a pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a substance that has travelled from elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream. Unofficially, the “check engine” light in my body was BLARING. I am realizing that I can’t keep up the constant rhythm of going to bed at 2:00 am and waking up at 7:00 am. Sometimes it’s ok to get to sleep before the stroke of midnight.
Even though I might be sleeping more, one thing I won’t be taking a break from is staying connected to all of you. I didn’t stop tweeting the whole time I was laying in bed at the hospital. I want to thank all of you who reached out to me with prayers and well wishes. It is much appreciated! I am now taking blood thinners, and am feeling a little better each day.
This diagnosis has given me a whole new perspective on life. I still want to (and definitely will be) making the magic happen, but I will pay more attention to myself and my body in the process.
Making the hospital stay official. The ID bracelets go well, right?
Thanks to all who sent flowers!