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Deep Vein Thrombosis

So my hubby came home from his rotations yesterday with some wonderful news: I am at high risk for deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to a blood clot getting caught in my brain or lung. Yep. Whatever. It is the #1 killer of pregnant women, he goes on to say. Now he has my attention, since he started speaking English again. What I could understand from his hour long lecture (made with total concern, understand) is that I have two of the three risk factors for DVT: I’m pregnant (no, VERY pregnant) and I already have varicose veins (gratitudes to baby #3). I don’t remember what the third risk factor was, since my eyes glaze over in parts of his lectures.

Some-day-to-be-hopefully Doctor’s advice:
1. exercise (right, with a full-time job and two children and YOU to take care of!),
2. okay, walk (have you been outside lately?)
3. okay, get up and move around every 20 minutes (have you EVER spent a day with our children?)
4. okay, then when you’re working (for money), be sure to get off the hinie and stretch and walk around every 20 minutes. Okay, I can handle that, even if my co-workers look at me like I’m crazy. (Don’t worry, I’ve told them all about deep vein thrombosis– at least my version of it.)
This is really a health alert for all of you, as I have told my younger and very not-pregnant co-workers and friends, get up and walk. Don’t let that blood pool!
I think I should be the one in rotations.

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