Posted by: angelasommers | August 10, 2008

Coumadin testing – and lots of other blood tests

Oh no!  Another emergency room!

Oh no! Another emergency room!

Oh yes! 

I left the hospital with the instruction to have an INR test performed, and the nice doctor gave me a slip ordering that test.  He was very adamant that I have that test done in 3 days.  He also advised me to not overdo it on eating “greens” and gave me a little booklet on vitamin K.  So far, so good!

But! 

I walk into the local lab after 3 days, and they almost freaked out on me.  Since I just had had the Pulmonary embolism, they shooed me right out the door and had me go to the emergency room. 

Emergency room!  Why?  I have had many blood tests done before, or course, and I knew all about other tests, such as testing in the Martial Arts, but these INR tests???

They told me that they didn’t want to take the risk and so I went across the street to the hospital.  I explained what happened and luckily they sat me down and did the blood test.  I was at 2.1 at the time, and ok.

The doctor said I had to had this test done again in 2 weeks (now, after studying this matter very carefully, and from experience, I know that I should have probably been tested a lot sooner).

I was still somewhat clueless, and went to the pulmonary specialist at Stanford, where, again, they shooed me right into the emergency room – they said since I didn’t have an appointment with the specialist I could not be seen by one, and by the way, I had to go to a regular physician first who would then refer me to the specialist.  So, again, I ended up in the ER, since the INR had to be taken.

Oh my!  By then I was starting to get a bit irritated, but what choice did I have?  Anyhow, my INR was 2.2, all was well and I went across the street to the family clinic and made an appointment for the following day.

I was lucky enough to get a very wonderful doctor at the Stanford clinic.  She ordered a bunch of different tests, gave me the referral to the specialist, and set me up at the coumadin clinic. 

The target of my frequent "pilgrimages" for several months

The target of my frequent "pilgrimages" for several months

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