I let the cat out of the bag earlier today on Twitter and Facebook, but, in case you didn’t hear the news, I went to my hematologist today. Based on the scans of my lungs, heart, and left leg, I am totally clear of blood clots. My blood work looked totally normal.
So he took me off Xarelto, the blood thinning medication I have been on for nearly five months. He told me to take a small dose of aspirin every day and to wear compression socks if I fly. I can now drink alcohol again, too.
He wished me well on my bike trip.
Lift off in two weeks.
To recap, on December 20 of last year, I had a backache while having dinner with my family. The pain increased so we went to the emergency room the next night. The doctors discovered that my back pain was caused by blood clots in my lungs, pulmonary embolisms. These clots had come from a larger clot that had formed in my lower left calf. This larger clot is called a deep vain thrombosis.
The clots blocked blood flow to my lungs. My right lung collapsed.
To keep additional clots from forming I was prescribed Xarelto, a powerful blood thinner.
In early February, about six weeks after my trip to the ER, I had a CT scan of my chest. My lungs were free of clots.
Today, I went to have an ultrasound examination of my left leg. The scan showed that the DVT was dissolved and there is no apparent residual damage to the veins in my legs.
Next week I go back to the hematologist to discuss next steps.
From where I sit, I am now back to normal health. My bike tour starts in 20 days.