You say "Oh that’s not a big needle!" OK…try getting that twice a day…its funny how big that needle gets after you’ve had it a few dozen times in your stomach.
Then twice a week I have to go to the Anti-Coagulation clinic for blood tests to see if my blood has thinned out to 2-3 times a normal person’s blood viscosity. As soon as I achieve that level, the injections can stop. To help get me to that level I have to take a pill called Coumadin. If it starts working, I take it for a year until the clots go away. Hopefully my body will stop producing them and I can get totally off the drug–or if not, I will have to take it for the rest of my life.
Once the blood is thinned out, I will be able to resume my normal training–to a point. I probably won’t be able to play tackle football anymore. Or do martial arts. Even basketball is risky. I’ll stop here because I’m getting depressed.