Duncan Riach

Jan 3, 2018

26 min read

I Almost Died. This Is What I Learned

It was Thanksgiving day. Cindy and I were preparing to have friends over for dinner. My right arm had been swollen since the previous evening. It looked slightly purple when compared with my left arm, and it reminded Cindy of Popeye’s arms. It was inflated and taut like a balloon, and unexplainably ripped.

This was what I thought a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) might look like. A DVT is a clot in a…