Three strikes--and I'm still not out!
I have survived not one, not two, but three deep vein thrombosis events! The first DVT was diagnosed when I was just six weeks pregnant with my third child, so I was treated at a high-risk pregnancy clinic by OB-GYN who specialized in these types of medical challenges. Throughout the entire pregnancy, I administered heparin injections three or four times a day. My son is now 29 years old, and I am happy to report he is healthy! The second DVT was 12 years later, and I was treated with warfarin for six months and then went happily on with my life. The third DVT occurred just five years later, and again I was hospitalized and then treated with warfarin, only this time I was on warfarin for five years. My doctor did decide I could go off the warfarin if I underwent a panel of blood tests to determine if I had genetic predisposition or other inflammatory markers that would require me to remain on the blood thinner medication permanently. To my great relief, the blood tests all came back negative. I have been warfarin-free since 2009 and absolutely no issues. Of course, I do take precautions such as wearing support hose when I'm on a flight, and making sure I don't sit for prolonged amounts of time. I am thankful to God for giving me such wonderful doctors and am always grateful to enjoy life, one day at a time.