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

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From the Heart: Quotes for Cardiac Patients

From the Heart: Quotes for Cardiac Patients

This week I’ve been having a little trouble with staying motivated to do — well, just about anything, really. I go through these cycles now and again of full-steam productivity followed by existential angst and wondering if the work I did made any difference, a cycle I’ve always thought of as motivational inertia. A productive person tends to stay productive until an equal and opposite force (i.e. doubt, depression, exhaustion, etc.) stops them, at which point some effort is required to get back to being productive again.

Whenever I find myself stuck like that, one of the things I like to do is look up motivational quotes. Continue reading

False Alarms: Lessons in Patience and Positive Thinking

False Alarms: Lessons in Patience and Positive Thinking

I remember my symptoms all too well. Chest pain. Back pain. A soreness around the ribs and difficulty breathing deeply, as though I was wearing an invisible corset. Anxiety growing like a cancer in my stomach and my heart.

Which was why, when I experienced similar symptoms a couple of weeks ago, I immediately imagined the worst. Continue reading

Beauty Marks: Scars, Bruises, and Self Image

Beauty Marks: Scars, Bruises, and Self Image

Being fair-skinned and occasionally coordination-challenged means that I have always been quick to bruise. As a kid, black and blue blemishes on my shins and elbows served as constant evidence of having a good time. My knees were perpetually red for years after multiple run-ins with mailboxes while attempting to ride my bike, and though I never got into fisticuffs, or even so much as a slap-fight, with anyone, I still managed to wind up with a black eye one time when I tumbled face-first into the wooden edging of a planter in the front yard.

Being on blood-thinner medication has not exactly improved this facet of my existence. 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!