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John
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Last Tuesday I started to feel breathless and unwell. While my wife was out I got much worse, and when she came home she called the ambulance. The ambulance crew did some tests and decided to take me to the hospital. After about 8 hours of needles and BP tests a diagnosis was not able to be made. I couldn't think of one myself that fitted all the symptoms. Eventually, I was taken to a ward, and a provisional diagnosis of Pulmonary embolism was arrived at. An elderly lady doctor came and tried to get me to become DNR (Do not resuscitate) Just the thing to cheer me up. I went for a CT scan which confirmed that I had two large clots in my lungs. Once the diagnosis was confirmed, I was started on anticoagulants by injection and then sent home on anticoagulant tablets (Apixaban). I retired from my job as a medical rep 21 years ago so my in-depth medical knowledge ceased. It wasn't too long ago that pulmonary embolism was fatal in a lot of cases, so I was so relieved when I found I could be treated. I'm home now and all I need is follow-ups to see if the clots are going away, as they should be.
 

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I do not think we have ever worked together on the site or spoken to each other by personal message
Nevertheless, as a fellow site member my very best wishes.
It does not bear thinking about - the possible result of
An elderly lady doctor came and tried to get me to become DNR
you agreeing and them then not even bothering with the CT scan.

As I said, MY VERY BEST WISHES
 

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" An elderly lady doctor came and tried to get me to become DNR" is that common practice?!?

I am glad you are on the mend, hopefully you won't have to go back again.
 

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Wow! That is really scary to say the least. I'm really glad you came through it well John and hope you mend quickly. :)
 

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As others have mentioned, I too must express concern over this:
An elderly lady doctor came and tried to get me to become DNR (Do not resuscitate)
Are you saying you were encouraged to make that decision? :eek:
Don't think I'd go back to that Dr or facility!

Let me give you some hope and cheer, it is indeed treatable.
Speaking from the States, one of my doctors had a scan that revealed he had no less than 40 clots!!
That is what he himself told me, on my last visit, some years ago.
And with timely treatment and recovery he is still practicing his trade today!

So you take care, and hopefully your road to recovery will be short.
 

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Thanks RT. My daughter tells me that the DNR is offered to everyone over 65. I retired from medical repping when I was 65.That was 21 years ago and pulmonary embolisms were very much a death sentence. Needless to say, since coming out of hospital, I have read all the current literature, and now some people recover completely. The thing to try to avoid is pulmonary hypertension, and because I have never smoked, my chances of not getting that are greatly enhanced. So fingers crossed.
 

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