National Thrombosis Week | 1st – 6th May 2017| Prevention & Protection from Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

Lucy Henderson

It all started when I went into labour with my first baby.

After 40 hours and not much happening I was taken to the theatre for a forceps delivery. During this procedure I lost 6 pints of blood and had a blood transfusion. After this I felt okay (although I had a really sore head from the epidural) I took my gorgeous baby home 5 days later.

Exactly a week after he was born I had a seizure while at home, I was rushed back to the hospital where I came round and was taken to the ward. That evening, while the doctor was doing his rounds and just happened to be by my bedside, I had another seizure. I was then taken to high dependency and had a CT scan which showed a shadow on my brain. After a few days and no more seizures I had a MRI scan which showed a blood clot in my head, although thankfully not in my brain and I was diagnosed with a cranial thrombosis.

I spent a week in hospital and now inject myself with Clexane and will take warfarin daily for 3 months. After one night at home I then lost my speech and had to go back to the ward, all very frightening! This was 6 weeks ago now and I’m still suffering headaches although feeling a lot better.

Lucy contacted me again a couple of months later to say her genetic markers were all negative. Her stroke specialist has recommended taking warfarin for 6 months, just to be on the safe side. She is now feeling almost back to normal and enjoying motherhood. Another close shave!