1st Anniversary: Getting Off Veletri
It has been exactly 1 year since I came off Veletri. I am grateful for that drug. It allowed me to eventually breathe on my own with no pain. It helped me to begin exercising again. It bought me some time so I could figure out how to begin healing instead of covering up symptoms. For those who don’t know what Veletri is, let me share some knowledge. Veletri is a drug administered intravenously. You carry it in a fanny pack and never take it off. You sleep, shower, eat, play, work, etc, with it on. The medication is given through a catheter inserted into your chest. You change the medication every 24 hours and it must be kept relatively cool. It helps patients with severe Pulmonary Hypertension who meet the criteria, breathe and move without getting exhausted.
Being on it was hard at first but it got so much easier when I began doing all the things I loved to do. I had some limitations. But whoever knows me, knows that I’m truly limitless when I want something. When I came off I celebrated for a month. It was the most freeing month of my life. I didn’t know what to do with all the joy I felt. Nothing could make me sad. My 1st foster son, whom I raised for 2 years, went home around the same time and even that was an easy transition because of all the happiness being free brought.
How has it been being off Veletri? In one word: Amazing! I was switched from an iv drug to a pill form. It didn’t take me any time to adjust. The jaw pain I felt from Veletri almost immediately went away. The main thing I had to get used to was eating every 8 hours in order to take my new pills correctly. I was not used to eating so much and at random times so that caused me to gain a little weight. But I didn’t care. I was free. It was about 4 months before I stopped looking back to grab my bag when I got up from a chair or out of the shower. In this year, I’ve had no concerns. I have gotten better. I am exercising consistently. And I feel like a normal human being. I didn’t renew my handicap placard this year because I no longer feel disabled. I can finally breathe with no pain in my chest. My doctors made the right call when they put me on Veletri and because I pushed and pushed I was able to get off it much faster than we all thought. The prayers of my church family have been heard and are being answered. From where I was in 2011 to where I am now is nothing short of a miracle. I should not be here. BUT GOD…!
He gave me the strength I needed to find purpose in my life and go for it. Now I can hold my babies instead of my medication.