This 'n that ......updates
Back in July I posted about a clot found in my subclavian vein. First attempt to clear it was doubling my Eliquis for 3 days then repeating the ultrasound. No change, clot still there. Thrombectomy was discussed, but my cardiologist was concerned about infection and felt that at that point the risk outweighed the benefit. She steered me to a hematologist for blood work to check for any blood clotting issues.
Blood tests (12 vials of blood taken) showed nothing problematic. Cause of clot now assumed to be from my pacemaker leads in the vein and the failure of Eliquis to prevent it. Next step was a six-week course of twice daily self administered injections of Lovenox in my abdomen. 84 shots. Good grief! And me a needle phobic. Ha! I guess I got over that! Lol. Anyway, follow up ultrasound last week on Monday showed a clear vein and no clot. Yay! My hematologist was very happy, but surprised at that result as she had only expected a reduction in size of clot. So now I'm on a 20 mg daily dose of Xarelto with another ultrasound down the road sometime to see how that area in vein is doing. (Incidentally, for anyone taking 15-20 mg of Xarelto, be sure to take it with a full meal. Smaller doses can be taken with or without food, but those larger doses need a meal to function properly.)
Moving on, last Friday at 08:25 AFib struck, my first episode since last July. My Kardia Mobile also confirmed what I was feeling. Took my morning Sotalol dose at its scheduled 08:30 time and tried to manage the AFib with Valsalva maneuvers, coughs, distractions, anything. Ninety minutes later it stopped like an on/off switch and I was back in NSR. Another Yay!
And finally yesterday I went and got my Pfizer bivalent booster. After my first 3 shots I had a 6 hour spell of malaise the following day, but this time I've felt absolutely nothing, not even a sore arm. My third Yay! They come in 3s, 'tis said.
Stay well everyone. And try not to stress over the World Cup. :- )