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The temperature is finally going up, unfortunately so is my INR level! CRAP!

Monday, January 11, 2010
Finally, for the first time in weeks, the temperature has risen to the double digits ABOVE zero!! Yahoo!! So, I took advantage of Mother Nature's kindness and left the house to do exciting things! I #1.went to the post office to mail (FINALLY mail) our Christmas letters,#2. stopped at the bank (no, I didn't go back to the branch where "The Female Dog Teller" works, #3. stopped to get my blood drawn to check my INR ( a blood test to check on how well my blood is clotting), #4. stopped at a different post office to pick up the mail that they have been holding for us because the snow plows took out our mailbox during the last storm, #5. stopped at the bookstore just because I LOVE the bookstore, #6. stopped at the pharmacy to pick up a refill on a prescription AND #7. stopped at Hobby Lobby to get some better yarn to use in making this latest prayer shawl I'm working on. (The yarn I was working on was really cheap crap and was completely sucking all of the moisture out of my fingertips.)

The only downer to all of this was the phone call I received from the doctor's office. People that have pulmonary hypertension have a tendency to develop blood clots. Plus, having a central line increases those chances. So, I've been on a blood thinner since I was diagnosed. The doctor likes to have the levels somewhere between 2.7 and 3.2. Today, my levels came back at 6.5! That explains why I have so many bruises. You should see my leg where Haver accidentally scratched it. I actually have a bruise, from one claw, that covers the entire front of my thigh! It's actually kind of pretty. Rod says it looks like a super nova! (Yes, he's a geek and I love him.) Anyway, I've been "ordered" to eat lots and lots of green vegetables, to stop taking my blood thinner and to be incredibly careful not to fall or get scratched. I'll get it checked again on Thursday. I don't mean to whine, but, this is just another one of the "little things" that people with pulmonary hypertension have to deal with.

Well, that's about it for today. I've got to get some reading done and I'm pretty sure I hear the walls talking to me saying, "Take a nap, take a nap, take a nap!

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2 comments to The temperature is finally going up, unfortunately so is my INR level! CRAP!:

Colleen said...

I got my PT/INR and LFT's checked today. I seriously thought my blood was too thin because my diet has been so screwy since the holidays, and I have a few bruises, and a bloody nose on Wednesday! Well, they have to do some special draw for me because my blood has been known to clot before it ever gets tested, and then I end up back to get redrawn. Anyway, they did tell my my PT/INR numbers before I left the lab, and they were actually in my normal range! I was so happy and surprised, but more happy since I know I won't need a redraw until my regularly scheduled appt next month! So, I understand how frustrating it is to have your levels "off" and needing to go back and get redrawn within a few days or a week or whatever!! I hope it's a lot better when you go Thursday!! HUGS! :)

Karen said...

Hi, I'm Karen. Since my mother was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension four months ago, I've decided to make a blog to raise awareness of PAH. Perhaps you'd consider linking to my blog - it's http://hypertension-pulmonary.blogspot.com/