After two months and no change, I had some tests done which showed I had a deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot stuck in the large vein of my thigh. I went through a battery of tests, and nothing could explain why I had a blood clot at such a young age. I started on Aspirin, the standard treatment to keep your blood thin, together with the advice that I should avoid alcohol when flying, drink lots of water and move around the cabin. Despite this, I had another clot in 2007.
The "Life in Balance" package proved to have the answers. As part of the Blueprint Health "Sleek city experience", I not only learned how to manage my genetic risks. The health coach and I had long discussions around my stressful life, and how I will not only have to purposefully supplement my diet with the necessary protective fish oils and B vitamins, but also learn to live a balanced lifestyle.
The physician also advised that I should consider to use Warfarin, a powerful drug that keeps your blood thin, as I happen to have 5 mutations in my genes that all contributed to blood clotting. Now, 3 years later, I am confident that I do as much as possible to maintain my health.
I often wonder how many people fly and develop blood clots without knowing. It is even worse if they collapse and die on arrival when the clot dislodges and ends up in their lungs. I guess I can call myself lucky." – Peter W, CA (SA), South Africa