Sarah had to go to the emergency room last night for about five hours. She was having a sharp pain behind her knee and her foot was tingling. The doctors quickly diagnosed a blood clot behind he knee with an ultrasound. Tourniquets were placed above and below her knee. A laser was then used to destroy the clot. She is feeling better today, but will be sore at the treatment site for a few days. If you follow this blog (RSS), you may know that we just returned from a three day trip to Phoenix. Economy Class Syndrome is the likely culprit. She was anemic before the pregnancy and at this stage of the pregnancy her blood is 25-40% thicker then normal. All of this compounded to a trip to Salem Hospital with , luckily, a good outcome. Here are some resources about blood clots in general and DVT in particular:
- Economy Class Syndrome.net
- Deep vein thrombosis @ Wikipedia
- DVT kills David Bloom, NBC reporter, in Iraq
Stay safe out there everyone!
*This public service message brought to you by my sleepless night and concern for a loved one