Just when you think it is safe to venture out? Life decides to make it just that little bit more difficult. Since the Lung doc changed my heart tablets and then made me feel so ill and throw the heart out to such an extent that I ended up in A&E and then Ambultary Care for many weeks of great treatment by a great team.
One of the legacies from all this is my blood INR levels have been unstable. I had a phone call on the afternoon of my Blood test to ask me all sorts of questions as to why I have gone from 3.5 to 5.4 in 2 weeks again! My last 4 tests have been 2.8, 5.4, 3.5, 5.4! I have a range of 2.5 to 3.5 3.0 ideal which is the higher level than most. But with the added bonus of multi conditions puts me at a greater risk? I was told to stop taking warfarin for a day and call them the following day after 13:00 to see what to take before my new paperwork arrives. The next day My sister called and reminded me it was the first year anniversary of our mothers death from leukemia. It was obvious that she was in need of a cuddle so the wife and I popped over to see her. As a result of this I ended up being late on my call to see what I should take! I took an executive decision to take 5mg and speak to them as I need to have an xray on my right knee in the morning.
Bright and early and I had the Xray with those stupid gowns that make your bum stick out no matter how well you try to do them up? Over to the Phlebotomy/warfarin rooms Pushed the buzzer and a technician came and I explained my dilemma, to be told to wait at the Warfarin room and ask their! A Lady came out so I knocked and once more explained to the Warfarin nurse what has happened who then spoke though a hatch to a more senior nurse who told me I need to speak to the people in the room I had been sent from and ask for the outpatients warfarin department?
By this time my knee is giving me more gip so off I limp back and ask for the outpatients warfarin department. Buzzer pushed and I think it is someone that knows who I need to see and takes my name and DOB and disappears to come back with a nurse. She asked what I did last night so explained I took 5 mg but she said we do not like to drop it that low? Well it was decided that I should now take 6mg a day instead of the 6 /6.5 alternative days. I would normally have an appointment time at the clinic and not wait in the normal phlebotomy room were you take a ticket and depending on the day wait and wait some more. I was promised that I should be on the list again but they have no slots next week?
What I do not get is I have been taking 4 to 4.5 for near on 30+ years and had the odd blip but now I am 50% higher and unstable?
I do wish the Lung Doc had left alone my tablets I was at least stable then!