In a leg ultrasound shortly after her second surgery, while in the trauma ICU, they discovered a few blood clots in her legs. It would be fatal if a clot reached her lungs. The doctors wanted to put a filter in the main vein leading to her heart to catch a clot if one left her leg. They scheduled the procedure for the next morning.
A few minutes later, the doctor who was to perform the procedure wanted to speak with me. He said that he could perform the procedure now if it was ok with me, that he could not rest knowing that he could do it now, if anything happened during the night.
See that picture below? Yesterday that same doctor came to our room to show us the x-ray of her filter taken a few minutes after it was inserted, to make sure it was properly placed. They inserted contrasting dye to improve visibility. In the image you can see the three-pronged spidery metal filter opening down. See the white shadow stuck in the filter? That is a blood clot, caught on the filter. The doctor wanted to show us that the filter was working and to stress how vital it was that it was inserted that night. We are thankful that he listened to that smal impression telling him to put in the filter without delay. We are truly blessed!