A Travel Checklist for Coumadin Patients

A Travel Checklist for Coumadin Patients

I’m getting ready to go on my first “big” trip since my surgery, and while I’m excited for vacation, I’m also a bit nervous. What if I forget something? What if something goes wrong? What if my INR shoots up through the roof and I bleed to death in the hotel room like some wannabe Hollywood burnout?

In the past, I’ve found that making checklists helps me organize not only my stuff but my thoughts as well. So today’s post is as much for me as for you, my fellow cardiac patients. What follows is a list of things to do and to bring with you if you, like me, are about to embark on a journey of more than a couple of days and have a heart that you’d like to keep ticking for many years to come. Continue reading

Anticoagulation & Anger Management

Anticoagulation & Anger Management

When I first began anticoagulation therapy, out-of-range INR readings scared the heck out of me. I was new to this whole thing, and didn’t know how high or low my numbers could go without something bad happening. I also didn’t know how bad that something bad might be. Continue reading

Dining and Discipline: Diet Tips for Coumadin Patients

Dining and Discipline: Diet Tips for Coumadin Patients

There’s no tougher time for dieting than the holidays. Whether you’ve got serious health restrictions or just trying to lose a couple of extraneous pounds, it’s difficult to maintain one’s sense of discipline when a big, fat turkey dinner is just lounging on the table, waiting for you, singing to you its siren song. “You know you want me,” it whispers seductively — and you do, you really, really do.

Anticoagulation therapy patients are lucky in that ours is a relatively lenient diet. Continue reading

Quick Update 09/28/2015

My INR, despite misbehaving briefly, is back in range (as far as I know — next check is this Thursday). I am managing my diet extra carefully to (a) ensure my INR stays in range and (b) to lose some of the weight I accidentally gained recently thanks to too much (fast) food and not enough sleep, which actually takes us right back to (a), since weight can affect INR. Sigh.

In slightly more important news, I’ve been working some more on the site. You may (or may not) have noticed that many of the images have changed. I’m working on replacing as much stock photography as I can with my own stuff. It’s more interesting than using overly familiar stock images, not to mention it’s more personal. Also, I updated the Helpful Links section and added a couple of songs to the recent Heart Beats: A Playlist post. My next post is set for publication next week and will be in keeping with the spirit of October and Halloween. Enjoy!