Pendah’s Journey Continued (Part 2)

Pendah returned to Ohio Northern and decided to have the surgery done in Lima, OH in February of 2011. This decsion allowed Pendah to do her rehabilitation in Ohio while she continued with her classes during the spring semester. Additionally, she continued to attend every practice and game as a devoted member of the women’s basketball team. Pendah’s hope was that she would be able to return to active play during her sophomore year.

Pendah and her mom purposefully scheduled her surgery on the Friday before her spring break. Pendah’s mom traveled to Lima for the surgery and then brought Pendah back to Bloomington to recoup. Pendah had a tremendous amount of pain in her leg after surgery, which seems typical to me. Pendah stated that it was more than what she anticipated. Pendah’s physical therapist initially thought that the pain was nothing, but he would call the surgeon to be safe. The surgeon suggested that something was amiss and that Pendah should go to the hospital and get it checked out. Pendah followed the advice of the surgeon. At Bloomington Hospital, they performed an ultrasound on her and discovered that a blood clot had formed.

Throughout spring break, Pendah tended to her healing and her new found blood clot. Pendah was grateful to have her family and friends around her. Pendah saw a vascular surgeon in Bloomington, Indiana who prescribed Lovonox injections, Coumadin, and some really tight stockings to help prevent any blood clots from forming and prevent the existing one from growing larger. Pendah reported that she was responsible for giving the Lovonox injections to herself twice a day for a week. Pendah like many people hates needles. She was fortunate to have a friends’ mom, who is a nurse, come to see Penda in the mornings and evenings to give her the shots. Pendah stated that the needles were a pretty awful experience for her. She dreaded waking up and going to bed because that is when she received her shots. However, once Pendah returned to school, there were still injections that needed to be given. Pendah relied on her boyfriend at the time to give her those shots.

Pendah conveyed that this was an extremely difficult time for her. It was difficult for her to be away from her mom who she considers one of her best friends. Dealing with the aftermath of the surgery, the blood clot treatment, which included continuing treatments and weekly blood draws while at school and not being at home was extremely challenging. On the other hand, Pendah expressed that she is grateful to her teammates, Cenzie, her best friend and her boyfriend at the time for not only tolerating, but supporting her during this time, which included many self-reported dire days!

Pendah described this time period of her life as extremely unhappy and negative to the point of feeling depressed. She was anxious to change the tempo of her life. She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Pendah had high hopes that this painful time with a lot of struggling would lead to a new beginning during her sophomore year. Stay tuned and check in every other week to follow Pendah’s journey.

Pendah’s Journey Continued (Part 2)

Pendah returned to Ohio Northern and decided to have the surgery done in Lima, OH in February of 2011. This decsion allowed Pendah to do her rehabilitation in Ohio while she continued with her classes during the spring semester. Additionally, she continued to attend every practice and game as a devoted member of the women’s basketball team. Pendah’s hope was that she would be able to return to active play during her sophomore year.

Pendah and her mom purposefully scheduled her surgery on the Friday before her spring break. Pendah’s mom traveled to Lima for the surgery and then brought Pendah back to Bloomington to recoup. Pendah had a tremendous amount of pain in her leg after surgery, which seems typical to me. Pendah stated that it was more than what she anticipated. Pendah’s physical therapist initially thought that the pain was nothing, but he would call the surgeon to be safe. The surgeon suggested that something was amiss and that Pendah should go to the hospital and get it checked out. Pendah followed the advice of the surgeon. At Bloomington Hospital, they performed an ultrasound on her and discovered that a blood clot had formed.

Throughout spring break, Pendah tended to her healing and her new found blood clot. Pendah was grateful to have her family and friends around her. Pendah saw a vascular surgeon in Bloomington, Indiana who prescribed Lovonox injections, Coumadin, and some really tight stockings to help prevent any blood clots from forming and prevent the existing one from growing larger. Pendah reported that she was responsible for giving the Lovonox injections to herself twice a day for a week. Pendah like many people hates needles. She was fortunate to have a friends’ mom, who is a nurse, come to see Penda in the mornings and evenings to give her the shots. Pendah stated that the needles were a pretty awful experience for her. She dreaded waking up and going to bed because that is when she received her shots. However, once Pendah returned to school, there were still injections that needed to be given. Pendah relied on her boyfriend at the time to give her those shots.

Pendah conveyed that this was an extremely difficult time for her. It was difficult for her to be away from her mom who she considers one of her best friends. Dealing with the aftermath of the surgery, the blood clot treatment, which included continuing treatments and weekly blood draws while at school and not being at home was extremely challenging. On the other hand, Pendah expressed that she is grateful to her teammates, Cenzie, her best friend and her boyfriend at the time for not only tolerating, but supporting her during this time, which included many self-reported dire days!

Pendah described this time period of her life as extremely unhappy and negative to the point of feeling depressed. She was anxious to change the tempo of her life. She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Pendah had high hopes that this painful time with a lot of struggling would lead to a new beginning during her sophomore year. Stay tuned and check in every other week to follow Pendah’s journey.

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