In the 5 years that I have taken an anticoagulant, I’ve always been one of those people who resented it rather than feeling protected. In particular I hated Warfarin and the INR testing, so was slightly happier when I changed to Rivaroxaban.
Last week I had a procedure under general anaesthetic on my tear duct. I was told to stop Rivaroxaban 3 days before the operation and resume it 3 days afterwards. Although it is a small operation carried out by nasal endoscopy, there is some post operative bleeding which can continue for a couple of weeks. So, I’m back on the anticoagulant, using eye and nose drops and carrying out nasal washes. I am not bleeding to death.
Just before the operation, which I had refused in the past, the surgeon told me that stopping the Rivaroxaban was the most serious thing I had to do because the operation itself was straightforward.
No one knows what surgery I might need in the future. Further heart surgery perhaps; cataracts are common in our family and the elderly often need joint surgery.
This process has left me still resentful of anticoagulants. Being without Rivaroxaban for a few days was slightly scary but I am resentful of that feeling as well. Strangely I don’t mind taking the medications that control the AF itself. I hope this makes some kind of sense!