Birth control hell continues – I’m in hospital again

I’m the girl who got pregnant four times within 3 years, and popped out three babies in three countries during that time. I’m also the girl who got pregnant breastfeeding a 3-month-old every two hours while taking low dose birth control pills. I’m also the girl who got pregnat with IUD earlier this year and lost the baby two months ago. Since IUD wasn’t really working for me, I started taking birth control pills two months ago, after I miscarried the IUD baby. Well, as it seems, this birth control method isn’t working for me either. Birth control pills caused blood clots and I am writing this from a hospital bed. Since we got back from our trip in Texas I’ve been having shortness of breath, and thought maybe coming back home to over 6000 feet altitude had something to do with it. Or maybe the blooming garden and mountainside were just giving my allergy symptoms. But it wasn’t going away, and frankly, it started feeling like my lungs had gotten ten sizes smaller, and I just couldn’t breathe. Then last night I started having chest pain, and really painful breathing. This morning my chest and back felt like every single muscle was jammed and I needed a day in spa for some serious massage treatments. I was trying to be “cool” but started just feeling so bad I wasn’t even making sense when speaking. I thought maybe I was just having panic attacks and I was totally losing it. I’ve had panic attacks before, and they feel you can’t breathe, so I thought that who knows, maybe I am stressing out the move and everything, maybe I just have anxiety. And when Matt started panicking and saying “woman, I’m taking you to the hospital right now” I really started panicking. After all, this is a guy who flies EMS and sees a lot (and didn’t even take me to the hospital when I broke my ankle, which I survived just fine, after all, I’m one tough chick). Actually so tough, that I had been having the symptoms of pulmonary embolus – blood clots in the lungs – for almost a month. They took a lot of tests, and when someone just rushed to the room and said I’m taking you to the CT scan right now (and nobody had even mentioned before I might need one) I started thinking, damn, CT scan, this might not be just allergies. The CT scan was such an intense crazy experience. They injected this “contrast material” to my veins, so they would see them in the pictures. It was really intense feeling having this stuff go through your veins within seconds. They found blood clots in my leg and several in my lungs. I was started on blood-thinning medicine right away (talk about another crazy injection) and admitted to the hospital. I have been here for ten hours now. My family just left and all the tests etc. are done and wanted to write my blog …. and tell how messed up I was. Ha! The doctors think that the birth control pills probably caused the blood clots, and the long road trip probably was the last drop I needed to make it even worse and go to my lungs. It might also be that I am genetically more prone to blood clots (and that’s why I might be more prone to miscarriages too, one doctor even said it is a miracle I’ve had three children). I’m going to be ok. I’m going to be on blood-thinning medicine for months, and regular blood checks, starting daily. I can travel, as long as I keep going to the checks and my blood levels are ok. But what a crazy time to have this happen. We’re leaving on a 5 week-long road trip in two weeks. So, all this, this, this, this AND this and I GET THIS! No, I’m not bitter. I’m thankful that Matt took me to the hospital today and the doctors found what was wrong with me. And it is in a way like winning a lottery going to a CT scan and knowing for sure you don’t have a brain tumor. But just saying, what it is with me and birth control, everything seems to go wrong. By the way, fertile myrtle seems to be a medical term nowadays, I’ve heard it more than enough today.
  1. BTDT — and it’s hell, and I know this, so I am shocked you are blogging about it!

    I had all of the above including a heart attack and the miscarriage etc. because I have Antiphospholipid Syndrome/Protein S — ask them to test for this (you’ll get a false-positive for syphillis, so it will be obvious)…

    If you have that (I do) you’ll need blood thinners for life (I do) — and taking a pill each day is much better than this scary stuff!

    Sending you so many hugs…

  2. Wow, I am glad to hear that you made it to the hospital and that things are making progress for the better. Not glad to hear that you had to go through all that.

    My wife was actually taken off birth control pills long ago because of their clotting tendencies (and because she is prone to clotting). In the end the only thing that keeps us from child #6 is a vasectomy. :)

    I hope you and your family get throught this quickly with little fuss and even less pain. You husband made the right move getting you to the hospital when he did.

    Take care and, as cliche as it is, get well soon.

  3. Katja!! Honey!! I am sorry you have to go thru all of this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Your blogger and twitter friends love you!!

  4. Katja, you really are a drama queen, aren’t you?

    Seriously, that sounds awful, and I am glad that you are being taken care of. Yikes!

    Hang in there, and I hope you still make it to blogher…but if you don’t, I understand.


  5. Wow! What an experience. Isn’t it great that you can share all of this with your blogger and twitter friends. That way we can all send you encouraging words and prayers. I hope that your babies are doing well. It sounds like your husband is a great guy too! You will get through this. You and your family are in my prayers. I know what it is like, too, but that’s another story for another day. Get some well deserved rest!

  6. Please take it easy! I think your body is trying to tell you to slow down!!

    But I know how crazy life can be with three kids and a business. I live the life as well.

    Hang in there and get better soon.

  7. There’s nobody tougher than you, so I’m not worried. Well, OK I am a little. . .but just think about us all there with you in that hospital room vying to hold your hand and get you water and fluff your pillows know we’re doing it virtually.
    And if you don’t keep us updated I’m sending someone to kick butt and name names. Feel better soon & don’t let them send you home til you’re good and ready!

  8. What an emotional roller coaster! Oh my gosh, Katja, thank God you’re ok. Thank God Matt took you to the hospital. Please take it easy!!

  9. oh my goodness, katja! i am thinking about you and sending lots of positive vibes your way. big hugs. and nothing but good health news from here on out, k? :)

  10. Please take care and hmmmmm, maybe less blogging and twittering. Get rest, eat ice cream (or whatever they allow you to eat) ad think good and happy thoughts. Sounds trite but it works. And we’re all praying for you!

  11. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, Katja… And, please, please, please let me know if I can do anything for you!

  12. Glad Matt got you to the hospital! What a nightmare.

    I hope your road trip is totally uneventful…

  13. What a long road you have been down, I hope this is the end of the problems and they get you the care you need! Please get well soon and feel better!

    *Sending Hugs*


  14. Oh hon!!! I’m so glad your husband to you to the hospital. From here on out? NO TOUGHING IT OUT!!!

    That said – I’m *so* mother-henning you if you decide to still come to BlogHer in 3 weeks. If you aren’t, I totally understand.

    Just keep blogging and let us know you’re okay!! ((((hug))))

  15. OMGoodness. How scary. I’m glad you’re being taken care of. I’ll be thinking about and praying for you!

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