Lisa Aldrich

First post: Jan 4, 2018 Latest post: Feb 22, 2018
In June I started feeling out of breath while working (outdoors- lots of walking and lifting). In July I visited my Dr., who thought maybe I developed asthma. By August every breath was a stabbing pain and I was always out of breath. Back to Dr., diagnosis of muscle/rib pain from asthma. Later in August the pain was so severe I went to the ER. Diagnosis- some kind of infection. It was discovered that half my right lung was collapsed and right side diaphragm wasn't moving--lots of antibiotics and pain meds and I checked out. Went to a Tigers game the next weekend, and I really struggled with pain and breathing. Back to the ER, where it was finally discovered that I had multiple Pulmonary Emboli in both lungs, and my right lung was half gone. Spent 5 days on heavy blood thinners in the hospital, and returned home with a whole new "normal". Always out of breath. Sorta felt like I lost myself--no more singing, anything other than sitting made me feel exhausted and out of breath. Naps became my new best friend. By December (when the clots should have all been gone) it was clear that some emboli has become scar tissue. The doctors have declared me a "bit of a puzzle”. Latest Dr appt. revealed the chronic clots are in a bad location and may be inoperable, but I don’t have hypertension! I refuse to just sit and wait for hypertension to develop, so visits to Cleveland Clinic and UofM are in the future.

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