Hi, just to advise for those who asked I had my application for self testing turned down by my local CCG as I didn't fit their criteria as being classed as an exceptional case. I can appeal but only on certain grounds very frustrating.
My choices therefore are fund myself for as long as I can afford it which is not very practical and possibly could be wasteful if I end up with a machine I can't buy strips for.
Continue attending local surgery for venous blood tests on a weekly basis and risk long term damage to my veins and have continual bruising/scarring.
Finally ignore rhematologists advice and attend tests less often risking my health further.
I can't consider moving to another area where it would be approved as my local council are very good in their support of me and I would lose this.
The irony is my last doctors practice got me into my current state of health due to their ignoring my requests for referrals to a specialist I once had insisting they were managing me on a low INR and that testing every 6-8 was satisfactory.
Needless to say I'm not too pleased.