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05-01-2011 05:14 PM  10 years ago
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daggit

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Step daughter (only 30) with blood clots in both lungs
One day you're happy go lucky and everything's great. Next there's a call at 5am from daughter to come watch her two little girls while her husband takes her to the emergency room with chest pains.

I wasn't too worried about it because she's only 30 right? We get the call later that it's a pulmonary embolism (blood clots in lungs). I look it up and what I read makes my heart sink. 20% mortality rate screams out from the page.

Someone give me some success stories because I'm scared. If you have a bad story... Keep to yourself, I don't want to hear it right now... A little prayer wouldn't hurt either.

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05-01-2011 05:18 PM  10 years ago
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I'm very sorry to hear that. I will be praying for her and her family.

I hope this turn out well and God Bless
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05-01-2011 05:44 PM  10 years ago
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My wife(who's a nurse) says as long as you make it to the hospital chances of survival are high. And usually they just put you on blood thinners for 6 to 8 months. How is she doing now as it looks like she's been there for several hours.
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05-01-2011 05:50 PM  10 years ago
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PE's are succesfully treated with medications to break down the clots in the vast majority of patients I have seen. If left untreated they could be deadly. I'm the one who gets called in during the middle of the night when the docotrs suspects a PE to do lung function testing to check air circulation and blood flow within the lungs. A family member of mine had tons of clots trapped in her lungs after a surgery and she is doing fine. She was put on blood thinners, and did frequent blood testing till the PE's weren't an issue any more.
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05-01-2011 06:10 PM  10 years ago
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Very sorry to hear that also. Hope they can get those out of there!
Has she had/have a irregular hearbeat thing such as Atrial Fib? Know
that is something that would do this.
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05-01-2011 06:17 PM  10 years ago
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I've been in the dark about the severity of this until now. Just got called bring in the grandkids and could I please bring a vanilla shake for the patient.

I've never been so happy to buy a shake in my in my life!
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05-01-2011 06:48 PM  10 years ago
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Man that sucks!! Prayer's sent!!MSH USA / Lynx Heli Innovations
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05-01-2011 08:36 PM  10 years ago
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Ok, so the prognosis is pretty good now

She's been having some pain. Last night it got pretty bad. She resisted goin to the doctor but hubby made her. It's a good thing. Doc says if she'd ignored it, chances are she would have wound up dead.

Lesson of the day I guess, can't always ignore what ur body's tellin ya
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05-01-2011 08:48 PM  10 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Has the doctor confirmed that the pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot, or is there something else causing the clot (i.e. amniotic fluid, air, bone marrow)?

Has the doctor investigated if she has an abnormal clotting factor in her blood? Leiden Factor V for example?

Is there any family history of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs)?

Is she thin and exercises often, or is she overweight and very sedentary (i.e. spends a lot of time sitting on the couch)?

The mortality rate of a pulmonary embolism depends on the size of the clot and exactly where it is lodged in the lungs. The most common cause of pulmonary embolism (not including trauma) is following a surgery where the person is on extended bed rest. A rare cause of pulmonary embolism is (especially in a young person) is an abnormal genetic clotting disorder which will require lifelong treatment. This is what I am suspecting here.
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05-01-2011 09:29 PM  10 years ago
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I've been in the dark about the severity of this until now. Just got called bring in the grandkids and could I please bring a vanilla shake for the patient.
That sounds encouraging... hang in there daggit. My prayers are with you and your family.
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05-01-2011 10:26 PM  10 years ago
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Justin:

There is some family history of related problems, there IS an abnormally high blood clotting factor. The clots are not what they consider small but not huge either.

Tests are being done to find out where the clots may have come from (a bunch of scanning).

One thing she has going for her, she's a nurse and so is one of my daughter- in-laws who came to visit today. They have better then average knowledge of what to look for.
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05-01-2011 10:39 PM  10 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Oftentimes a familial (genetic) disorder is only identified AFTER a tragic event. However in this case, it seems everything is going to work out OK.

Be sure to alert all family members who are genetically related to your step-daughter of this event and encourage them to get examined by their personal physician ASAP. The treatment for a genetic clotting disorder can be as simple as taking one 81mg aspirin a day, or even just letting an anesthesiologist know about the disorder before surgery (so that some some special compression stockings can be used during the surgery).

Glad everything is OK.
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05-01-2011 10:44 PM  10 years ago
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Congrats daggit, sounds like things are in good hands.

Have a drink and try to relax a bit.
Thanks, TheWoodCrafter
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05-01-2011 11:16 PM  10 years ago
daggit

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Have a drink and try to relax a bit.
read my mind... I'm home with supper cooking for my wife and granddaughters, kickin' back with a glass of wine.

skipping work tomorrow, hanging out with the grandkids tonight. I recon we'll be watchin some Spongebob
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05-01-2011 11:50 PM  10 years ago
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My wife's sister had this very same thing 11 years ago they have her on warfen (sp) and kumiden (sp) and no problems since.

Prayers and best wishes to her.
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05-02-2011 02:43 AM  10 years ago
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Prayers and thoughts
Glad to hear the prognosis is better now. Enjoy that family and those grand kids. Read Justin Stuart's post carefully and learn from it. Worked out in Japan for 20 years with thousands of crew flying back and forth on long flights during that time. We had this clot problem many times with employees on long overseas flights. Get up move around, flex leg muscles and hydrate often. Almost lost my best friend coming back on an SFO flight, long distance runner, and had to take him off the plane on a stretcher straight to the hospital. Move it our lose it folks. We're all getting older, take care of yourself and fly a few more gallons with us and buy a few more shakes for loved ones.
Again, hope your daughter is doing much better and great post Justin.
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05-02-2011 05:40 PM  10 years ago
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I had the same problem when I was 22, have been on blood thinners (coumadin) ever since. I have an Antithrombin III deficiency that causes clots to form easily. I have had 3 pulmonary embolism's, 13 DVT's (deep vein thrombosis) in my legs,and a renal clot. When I was 31 they added a Greenfield filter to my inferior vena cava to help stop any clots from going to my lungs again. I'm now 46 and have been doing pretty well except for the damage from the leg clots. Main thing is to keep the medication at a therapeutic level, all the time.X5X7 Animum Vestrum Negotium Agatis
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05-04-2011 03:11 AM  10 years ago
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daggit, It's been quiet. I hope this means all is well. I hope everything works out well for her.
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05-04-2011 06:59 AM  10 years ago
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My old colege roommate had lung clots at 40 years or so. Going to visit sometime this summer to do some golfing.

I wish her a fast recovery.
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05-06-2011 03:04 AM  10 years ago
daggit

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hey guys,

She's at home now and doing ok though still in some pain. What's frustrating to me is there are no definitive answers on where the blood clots originated. Not knowing makes you wonder how to prevent it reoccurring
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