Here's the short version:
- Massive bilateral pulmonary embolism manifested in extreme shortness of breath and elevated heart rate brought on by ulcerative colitis that had been undiagnosed/untreated for almost two years.
- Three days in the hospital.
- Two weeks to recover at home.
- Echocardiogram in December was good. Stopped seeing the pulmonary doc. Added the hematologist.
- Saw the hematologist today.
The good news is that the blood test shows normal which goes along with the normal echocardiogram from December. My blood is behaving in a very normal fashion.
That said, even though the gastroenterologist believes the ulcerative colitis was the cause (supported by a couple of recent scholarly papers, apparently) the hematologist is still saying The Incident was 'unprovoked' meaning that it didn't fit any previously established causes for emboli. So he's keeping me on the blood thinners for another six months just to be sure.
This is good, in the long run. Enough about my health, right?
It's good to be alive. And I'm making the most of it. I'll be at Planet Comicon in Artists Alley all three days with two new stories in print form for $2 each and a stack of Velocity Readouts already sketched out. The stories (Prospects and The Masking Job) are my first ventures into self-publishing in more than ten years. These are premiering at the show but will eventually be available digitally starting in late April and they'll be joined by four other stories, one dropping every month through October.
As an added bonus I'll be 'live writing' more Velocity Readouts at my table. Come by and see me.
We'll talk about writing, comics, whatever. Because it's good to be alive and with a whole bunch of people who like the same things you do. I look forward to seeing you.