LaMarcus Aldridge Battles Dangerous “Blood Virus”

Posted a few days ago, Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge reviled in a blog post to the Blazers website that he has recently battled a blood virus that if not had been caught earlier, could have been deadly.

Hey Blazers fans.  I write this post with a lot of thankfulness and gratitude. My first rehab is going well.  I’m officially walking and no longer need to use crutches at all.  I’m getting my mobility back and have started some strengthening activity. 

But, this past week was a very scary one for me.  On Saturday I came down with a blood virus. I quickly became sick and had to be rushed to the hospital. I thought it was a case of bad food or a bad cold, but I was wrong.  It turned out to be a very serious virus that if not treated quickly could actually be deadly! One thing I know for sure is that I’ve never felt worse in my life and there were times I wasn’t really sure where I was going. Thankfully I had a lot of family support and great medical care that helped me fight through it and now I’ve turned the corner and I’m feeling much better.

I know it was God ultimately that decided my fate and looked out for me to make sure I got healed.  I’m truly thankful for still being here and being able to do functions like walk, talk and open my eyes as those things were hard to do during that time.  Never take your health for granted.  Good health is a true blessing.  Have a great weekend and I’ll check in next week.

This comes as a sigh of relief as Aldridge has somewhat of a history with medical issues, in the 2006–2007 season he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a heart ailment. He underwent surgery for that and as recently as before training camp this past season.

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