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Dawn Damalas Meehan is a single mom living in Orlando with her six children, ages 17 to 6. She's the author of Because I Said So and You'll Lose the Baby Weight (and Other Lies About Pregnancy and Childbirth). When she's not blogging, she can be found playing chauffeur, getting buried under a mountain of laundry, or explaining to her kids why they can't have an indoor Slip 'N Slide or a pet squirrel.

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On the Mend

By Dawn Damalas Meehan |

I must get this glass from Old Time Pottery!

I’ve had several people ask me for an update on my health.  My leg doesn’t hurt to walk anymore which is awesome. But the veins are still hard and a bit inflamed, and I may kick you if you try to touch my leg because it’s still sore on the surface.  I still get short-of-breath pretty easily, but I’ve started walking on the treadmill once again which is good because I’ve gained about a million pounds with all my prolonged inactivity.

I only need to have my blood drawn once a week now instead of every other day. I was starting to feel like a pin cushion for awhile there!  I’m not thrilled about taking the blood thinners because I bruise very easily and for a clutz like me, that means I’m already covered in purple blotches.  And Tylenol is the only pain reliever I can take. Unfortunately, Tylenol does absolutely nothing for me, especially for dealing with my endometriosis.  Not fun.  But whatcha gonna do?

A couple weeks ago, I slipped on some spilled water and fell.  I smacked my head against the refrigerator pretty hard, twisted my back and landed in a contorted heap on the floor.  Ordinarily, I would’ve gotten up, yelled at the kids for spilling water and not wiping it up, then limped about my day.  But because of the blood thinners, I had to worry that I might be bleeding internally.  Little things like that are annoying.  Of course, the alternative isn’t so great either.

When I saw the hematologist last week, I had a list of questions for him. I ended with the most important question of all. “But can I drink while being on the Coumadin?” I nodded slightly as if I could subliminally get him to say yes simply by gesturing with my head.

He gave me the standard ‘I can’t condone this, but won’t tell you no either’ answer. “Well, it would be a really bad thing if you got drunk. But I suppose a, one, singular, drink on occasion would be okay.”

I’ve gone many months at a stretch without drinking. I mean, I’ve been pregnant and breastfed six times. Plus, being married to a recovering alcoholic, I didn’t keep alcohol in the house while I was married, so I’ve never really been a big drinker. It wouldn’t be a big deal if I was only going to be on the blood thinners for a few months, but this is a life-long thing. The idea of never having another glass of wine is unthinkable! What am I suppose to do after an especially stressful day with my students? (If you say, “Exercise”, I’ll slap you. Just a warning.)

My friend, Cheri found a loophole though. The doctor didn’t specify what size drink I can have. :D

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Dawn Damalas Meehan

Dawn Damalas Meehan is a single mom living in Orlando with her six children, ages 17 to 6. She's the author of Because I Said So and You'll Lose the Baby Weight (and Other Lies About Pregnancy and Childbirth). Read bio and latest posts → Read Dawn's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “On the Mend

  1. SubWife says:

    Good to hear you are on the mend! Your ending reminded me of my own loophole from years ago. I was pregnant and doctor told me to watch my weight and not eat any junk at all. But, I said, it’s Chanukah, and I am waiting for the Israeli-style donuts that bakeries make only Chanukah time the whole year! The doc sighed and said that having one would be okay. As I was walking out of the office, I was already saying to myself, “One for breakfast, one for lunch, one for dinner…” I didn’t eat that many, but I definitely ate more than one AND didn’t gain any extra weight during pregnancy. After the pregnancy though…

  2. jennyandcompany says:

    Glad you are getting better! I had a nice little experience with blood clots in my lungs while pregnant. fun times. Red wine thins your blood by the way, so it should be mandatory ;)

    As far as the pain relievers and endometriosis – have you looked into essential oils for therapeutic purposes? There are a couple that work great on those issues, I have replaced all otc meds with oils and my family has never been healthier.

  3. OKMom says:

    As to your “accident” in the kitchen, all I could think was, ‘What did the Russian judge give you?’

    And then I thought, “And she thought she could never be in the Olympics!”

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