Please understand that, in no way, is this being written to seek sympathy of any kind at all.
(SYMPATHY can be found in the dictionary, between SELFISH and UNHEALTHY)
Pain - excrutiating pain - like a neverending severe Charley Horse, making it almost impossible to walk. With this new persistent pain in my left leg, along with the arthritis in my right leg, walking (even with a cane) has been quite a challenge.
Swelling - to the point of feeling as though the insides of my leg would explode right through my skin.
Redness - on the lower portion of my left leg, between my knee and my ankle - hot to the touch - - so much so, that it felt as though a heater, set at a temperature of about 100 degrees, was buried under my skin.
Fever - vacillating between 101.5 and slightly below normal temp, often feeling "infected".
Bruised, sore stomach, feeling like a pin cushion from the daily injections.
But, there is a reason for the description.
Sometimes people have NO warning - NO pain to signal the presence of a disease or condition that potentially could be life-threatening. Instead, without medical attention, the condition becomes worse and their life is ended suddenly.
This is why I am so very very GRATEFUL for the PAIN I've been experiencing. I won't lie; I'd prefer not to have pain. However, without this chronic pain, there's a good chance I may not be here to be writing about this right now.
I was diagnosed with DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) - - - - more commonly known as blood clots.
Because of the pain, and because I listened to the pain, and because I heard about what the pain was warning me ................