Cath’s Blog

cath atkin

Hi and welcome to my blog. My blog dates back to early 2013 when I suffered a stroke and records my journey and experiences as I progressed through my recovery and beyond. I have tried to share my thoughts and feelings and convey the highs and lows of life after stroke and coming to terms with a serious health condition. I hope my writing manages to inspire you in some small way and you continue to enjoy following my journey as it unfolds ……….

Passport – check,   Euros – check,   INR – oops!

Passport – check, Euros – check, INR – oops!

March 11, 2015
That’s me all ready for jetting off on holiday tomorrow. Back to see everyone at the Fortina Spa resort.  They helped me so much when I had the stroke while staying there.  They know us so well now that we are almost family. It all started off years ago when a few of...
It’s here, the letter has arrived…

It’s here, the letter has arrived…

February 24, 2015
At last I have my letter from Professor Khamashta explaining that I will get symptoms when my INR is low. So I have it confirmed - it is normal to get APS symptoms when INR is low!  So I took it into the docs today.  He is happy to work with this and increase my...
Drama queen……..

Drama queen……..

February 22, 2015
Oh dear, my head seems to be on overdrive at the moment. I keep getting really dramatic thoughts! I called my mentor, Martin, to see if I could have a session with him to try and address this.  I explained that it’s really weird but everything I think about has a...
Lucky for some…

Lucky for some…

February 13, 2015
Who says Friday 13th is unlucky?  Well, I was born on Friday 13th and I think it was the luckiest day ever (other people’s opinions may differ, chuckle).  So you can probably understand why I don’t get hung up on superstitious things. So, phoning on Friday 13th to set...
Phew, thank you – I’m not mad!

Phew, thank you – I’m not mad!

January 29, 2015
I’m back down in London again. It’s been great to catch up with a few folk and get some appointments made.  I had also arranged to see Professor Khamashta at London Bridge Hospital again.  It’s been a year since I originally saw him so I thought I would go for a...
It’s all in my head…

It’s all in my head…

December 16, 2014
That’s pretty much what I’ve been told today by a haematologist. I had my check-up appointment today with the haematology department at the local hospital. They have been keeping a close eye on my treatment and my own doctor consults with them when needed.  I saw a...
I don’t belieeeeeeeeve it???

I don’t belieeeeeeeeve it???

October 31, 2014
Wow, my INR has gone up to 3.0, at last! My therapeutic range is between 2.5 and 3.5 so for the first time in so long it’s bang in the middle.  I know I feel so much better for it.  So how did that happen? Well… My fabulous colleague Laura, questioned that we were...
The INR saga goes on…………

The INR saga goes on…………

October 3, 2014
That’s what it feels like. A saga. The story so far. On warfarin, doing okay, feel a bit rough, change diet, feel even more rough, warfarin dose increased, feel slightly better, feel rough again… yadda, yadda, yadda… Bloods taken again – INR 2.1 - stay on 13 and 14mg…...
Increase the warfarin again ………..

Increase the warfarin again ………..

September 24, 2014
Bloods still low – my INR is down to 1.6 now. So my warfarin dose has been increased again to 13/14mg alternate days. Still mapping out what I eat and taking photos – have been uploading them to my warfarin diet on Pinterest to keep a record because I can imagine...
Stop the bus!!!

Stop the bus!!!

September 16, 2014
Stop the bus, I want to get off. Feeling rough again - really rough.  Tired, sore stomach, slurring my words…  I really want to sleep but my stomach is too sore.  I just don’t understand what is going on and why I feel so bad at times.  Docs don’t seem to be able to...