When someone is sick, you think about the treatment they go through and that it must be tough. But how often do you stop and consider their quality of life?
As much as medicine, physical therapy, and a health plan is needed, quality of life is important too.
Without it, it’s all too easy to feel like you exist for treatment instead of to enjoy life.
Increasing Quality of Life
While preventing DVT/PE is ideal, you can’t go back and change the past to stop a clot that’s already happened.
Shifting focus to improving your life right now and preventing a reoccurrence is the best route for improving quality of life.
To do that:
• Learn as much as you can about DVT/PE. Understanding the condition and your treatment will make it easier to avoid anxiety and worry.
• Follow-through with treatment. Recovering from DVT/PE can be challenging. The last thing you need is to add to the damage with another clot.
• Make things easier. Your ability to function might have changed considerably. Even if those changes are temporary, you’ll heal faster if you can find ways to lighten your load.
o Ask for help.
o Have a friend or family member rearrange your furniture to make it easier for you to get around.
o Don’t mentally beat yourself up for things that you can’t change.
• If some aspect of treatment is so challenging that you find yourself considering abandoning it, talk with your doctor to see if other options exist or if a modification can be made that helps.
• Stay connected. When things are suddenly different in life, you can feel tempted to withdraw from friends, family, and social outings. The simple truth is that you need your friends and family around you more than ever as you recover.
o Studies show a strong link between social and emotional support and better health and recovery. Interacting with others also leads to a lower incidence of depression
We Can Help
Prevent DVT Now exists to educate as many people as possible (including you!) about DVT/PE risk, prevention, and treatment.
Dr. Mirza also developed a portable sequential compression device (SCD), the Medshoola™ Compression Pump, that solves many of the challenges of a traditional SCD.
It’s lightweight, convenient, all-in-one so you can carry it where life takes you, programmable, has an FAA approved 10-hour battery that allows you to fly, and is available over-the-counter.
If you’d like to see the pump in action and learn more about DVT/PE, → click HERE.