Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day – September 17, 2019 (Third Tuesday in September)
If you don’t have an appointment be certain to make one for your loved one.
Tomorrow we return to the heart specialist to see if my husband’s blood clots have dissolved and if we can travel this winter. It’s been a tough summer. My husband was having problems breathing. It was getting so bad he couldn’t even walk up 3 steps without having to stop and catch his breath. We went to the local hospital’s emergency room. They immediately did an EKG to ensure his heart wasn’t having problems. They did a chest x-ray, concluded that he was retaining fluid and sent us home with a prescription for a diuretic. The symptoms didn’t get better so he went to his family doctor. His family doctor sent him immediately to the heart specialist (within the hour). One test that wasn’t done at the emergency room was for blood clots. The heart specialist arranged for tests at University Hospital (within the day). The tests were done with radiation gas and a series of pictures around his chest. The pictures showed that his lungs were covered with white sparkling areas that showed he had numerous clots.
Shortage of breath is a classic symptom of blood clots, yet it was missed and according to an article we later read in the Toronto Star it is often missed. Apparently more people die of blood clots than any other disorder.