December 13th, 2007



We'll talk about Georgie's birthday tomorrow, once we can talk and move.

I did want to clear up a few things, though, as I wait on a friend to call to tell me she got home safe.

A lot of the medical issues that have happened over the last 18 months (actually longer) and have seemed like one unrelated thing on top of another - were actually related and were only three things.

- The broken foot (anterior process of the calcaneos or something like that) is the injury from the roundhouse kick to the heavy bag in Tae Kwon Do on Oct. 30. Wasn't healing, still hurt like hell, and finally an ortho guy thought he saw it on an X-ray (third set) and did a CT and clearly saw the break.

- The APS (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome) is probably why we had trouble getting pregnant and staying pregnant. It is also probably why I had a clot last December after the mastectomy and reconstruction which caused the loss of half of the reconstruction. It is also why I had the pulmonary embolisms (emboli?) last month.

- Third 'episode' was the prophylactic actions for the breast cancer gene mutation and strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer.

See? Three things! Because so much of it seemed unrelated at the time, it has felt like just round after round of shit pouring down. We really just didn't have the whole picture at the time.

There is good in all of this. Having a life-long blood disorder means you know what you are dealing with. I no longer have to wait six months or more to complete my breast reconstruction. I can just wait a month, stop taking the coumadin, do the twice daily lovenox injections for seven days prior to the surgery, then after the surgery do lovenox along with the coumadin until my INR gets back to where it needs to be (a measure of the clotting speed of my blood - or how thin it it at the time). That portion of my medical journey can be completed soon. Also, since this is a known, we can work around it. I was afraid I would never get back into Tae Kwon Do, but have since talked to my sensei and she is going to help me work out a path to my black belt where I would lessen chances for bruising, not have to spar except for exams, and then only with a black belt who knows control and would never give me a blow to the head. Are there risks? Yes, but every time you walk out the door something could happen to you.

Like any adversity I come up against, I will find a way around it and enjoy my life.

Now, I really have to get to bed. If my friend doesn't call in the next five minutes she is SO on my list!