Posted by: angelasommers | August 22, 2008

Off again, on again….

You know the rest of the previous story. 

So, after all these tests, complicated blood tests, biopsies, angiogram and what not, one day, the doctor looked at me one day and said – this was the Hematologist at Stanford – that I was completely ok and didn’t need to take the coumadin anymore.  I asked, what about the blood tests that had said that I have those things in my blood that cause it to coagulate so quickly, and he said, “It doesn’t mean anything.”

Yeahhh!  Ok!!!! Yahoooo!!  This was just about 6 months after the embolism and I was ecstatic!  Deliriously happy! 

I have to say, sometimes I think that God gives us what we want, to teach us a lesson.    I thought I had it all!  I was cured!  Back to sparring!  Back to breaking!  Back to downhill skiing!  Back to crazy horseback riding!  I was all set! 

I remember rushing back to Jung SuWon and participating like madwoman herself.  I remember telling Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim that I could do everything in class again!  Everyone was happy, and nobody happier than me.

Ah!  If it only was that way!  After about two weeks, I started to have nagging, drilling, unsettling chest pains.  I ended up in the emergency room a couple of times, stayed in the hospital for 4 days, but nothing could be found.  Back to the doctors I went with weekly pilgrimages to various doctors, specialists and what not.  More tests.  More “it doesn’t mean anything.”  The cardiologist at Stanford telling me that he felt I should go back onto the coumadin, but he could not prescribe it because the hematologist had already said no.  I guess there is some sort of ranking and the hematologist must outrank them all.

I was getting desperate.  Chest pains are no good, right?  I had these nagging worries in the back of my mind all the time.  Finally, I left Stanford.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some wonderful doctors there, no doubt.  But I felt I wasn’t being heard.  I felt I was just being ignored and they had better things to do.

During that time, meditation helped me more than ever.  I followed the energy forms that Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim had taught me over the years, and I was able to remain calm during most of this challenging time.

So I went back to the cardiologist I had seen a few years prior to the embolism.  He patiently went through my patient history and said that in his experience, I should have never been taking off the coumadin in the first place and that he thought I had some small clots in some of the small veins and that that caused the pain. 

I was ready to agree to anything – pain can do that to you – and I was ready to even go back on the coumadin.  Like it or not, within 10 days the pain was minimal!  I was able to function as a human being once again!

So, yes, the coumadin does tend to make life more challenging, especially when you are a martial artist and you want to do everything the art has to offer.  On the other hand, coumadin does save lives, so who’s to complain?


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