Monday, August 9, 2010

a wee bit bruisey

So, as you may or may not remember, I have to give myself a shot every morning of a blood thinner called Lovenox, in order to counteract my blood clotting disorder, Factor V Leiden.
This freaked me out at first, but has turned out to not be a big deal at all. The only bummer thing that has happened recently, was they upped my dosage to 6omg from 40mg, and the needle is a little thicker in the 60mg. :( With the 40mg one, I literally couldn't even feel the needle going in, but now with the 60mg, I can feel it. Oh well. It's still not THAT bad.

One side effect though, (besides the minor burning feeling for a few minutes afterwards) is the bruising. I have bruises all over my tummy, the biggest one being the first shot I got. I think I must have hit a capillary when I did that one, because it sure is hanging around.

I wanted to show you what my belly looked like all bruised but I didn't want to subject you to my pudgy tummy forgot to take a picture this morning. So, I decided I'd do a google search for a belly that looked like mine, and illustrate how it looks when it's all bruisey. I used the very accurate "Microsoft Paint" to show you where my bruises are, and since these abs pretty much look exactly like mine, it paints a pretty accurate picture:

See how I smartly made them purple and blue? Isn't it EERIE how much they look exactly like bruises? I know- I'm an artiste.

Anyway, I think soon I'll have to start using my thigh, because I'm running out of spots to poke on my tummy. But honestly? I'd give myself 20 shots a day for this wee little sweet pea (it's the size of a sweet pea now!) I've got growing inside me. Worth every poke.



  1. Hi honey! It's amazing how much our tummies look alike..minus the bruises.. : ) You are such a brave and special woman. Who would have known that someone who hates needles could do this! This is one lucky baby! I love you! so happy your hubby is home with you and hope you had a great weekend and celebration of your years together. xoxo mom