by Rob Clogg
I just survived a pulmonary embolism. I feel blessed and give thanks to God to be alive. Through this I have gained a whole new perspective on health and living. There is nothing like lessons learned from life experience. This experience is now part of my resume. This post includes a few things I have discovered.
What Happened: Being in overall good health, two weeks ago I began my usual spring clean-up. After sweeping in a very dusty area (without a mask), I developed some chest tightness and had difficulty breathing. There was no particular strain from working that day. A few days later I was bending over on another project without stretching or giving the back enough relief and this resulted in significant lower back pain. At the time I was convinced the problem was muscular.
The back pain and breathing difficulties led to a decision to sleep in a lounge chair for a few nights and this actually seemed to help. Both the back pain and breathing completely subsided. I thought I was out of the woods until Thursday, April 9th when I woke with a sharp pain in my right leg. Thinking there might be a muscular connect from the earlier back strain, I did not go to emergency until Saturday morning.
After numerous tests it was discovered that I had a nasty leg clot that had broken off and gone to both lungs. I spent the next three days in the hospital and was put on IV blood thinners. Though multiple lung clots were diagnosed it was determined that I would not need surgery. Further tests have indicated that my health is otherwise good and that I should recover. I continue to have leg pain and it will take a while for the big clot to dissolve.
Though some people heard about this earlier and have been supportive in prayer, visits and calls; I am writing now because I felt up to it and because today’s CT scan was quite promising with good news. I would appreciate your prayers as I heal and move forward.
- I am alert to stories about clots in the lungs like never before. Many people have not survived this and I am most grateful that I did.
- A person needs to know enough about areas where they are vulnerable.
- Life is certainly in the blood and it needs to flow.
- People love and care for me and really want me to stay around.
- God has a destiny for every one of us. He has more for me.
- Although this was quite traumatic, I was protected.
Since I am trying to learn as much as possible from this, please share any thoughts or advice that you have for me at robclogg Thanks for your friendship and prayers.