Update on the Clotting Bicyclist

I’ve been in the hospital for 41 hours and have turned the corner. I still have trouble breathing but it looks like the worst of this insanity is behind me.

As a result of yesterday’s echocardiogram the doctors decided that I can use conventional therapy, rather than surgery, to fully recover. Basically that means I take blood thinners and do respiratory therapy for a few months.

I was given the okay to get out of bed this morning. Yes! When I did I had a massive stabbing pain in my back. No! But it went away quickly. I stood up after a few minutes and the pain didn’t return.

They took me off the IV blood thinners and put me on a 2x per day pill.

I feel one hell of a lot better but my breathing is shallow still and aches still hit my back and shoulder from time to time.

I feel like two big hands are pushing against my lungs when I breathe. It’s uncomfortable but tolerable.

Since they monitored my progress with blood tests my right arm is one long bruise

The attending physician told me again that I am pretty lucky. This could have been much worse. All the doctors said all my bicycling gave me an edge. My respiratory fitness may have been masking this problem for quite a while.

I’m not well by any means. I’ll be taking blood thinners got a few months and doing respiratory therapy to open the breathing passages in my lungs.

And don’t you dare make me laugh. My son was visiting today and had me in stitches. It hurt so much. And felt so good.

My son is going to set up a bike in my basement so I can “ride” while on the medications. Riding outside is not a problem. Falling outside, especially if I hit my head, would be a catastrophe.

This whole episode has been a shock and very depressing. Thanks to all of you for your kind words of love and support. They mean a lot.

10 thoughts on “Update on the Clotting Bicyclist

  1. Ouch … sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Hope you’re up and around soon, even if you’re not back on the bike tomorrow.

    Maybe we can donate miles to get you to 10,000, just like the government does with sick leave. 😉

  2. I feel for you. I was diagnosed with a blood clot in an artery in my leg. Unlike you it wasn’t life threatening, but it did mean a lot of discomfort and a lot of scans and doctors visits.
    I stopped cycling, but probably shouldn’t have. Cycling didn’t cause pain in my leg like walking did. It does cause pain in my foot, though.
    Like you, I am on blood thinners. I tried surgery unsuccessfully and now am waiting till my body creates enough collateral arteries so that there isn’t any pain–how long this will take is anyone’s guess.
    Hang in there.

  3. Bloody hell Rootchopper! Take it easy man. As you say, PE is life threatening. There’s always 2018 to nail that 10,000

  4. That this is happening to you sucks that it could have happened in back-roads, nowhere South Carolina on your tour would have really sucked. Hope you are able to get 88 basement Miles in the next week. Get well soon sir!

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