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 ……….

5 steps to getting healthy when on Warfarin

5 steps to getting healthy when on Warfarin

New Year, New Me, here are my 5 steps get healthy when on Warfarin.  After a month of calming down from the festive madness that we seem to get ourselves in each year (or is that just me?) The end of January usually brings time to take stock and look at what works...
Wake up energised

Wake up energised

October 10, 2018
Aiming to wake up energised, I began to consider what tips would help me sleep better.  Wishing to really get to understand how to get the best night sleep I can, has led me to bring you this guest blog from an American site called Tuck. A well sourced website...
INR Test Strips URGENT SAFETY NOTICE

INR Test Strips URGENT SAFETY NOTICE

INR Test Strips made by Roche under the Coaguchek brand have issued an URGENT SAFETY NOTICE.  It has been found that the test strips have been giving false INR readings.   Are you affected by this notice?  Are you, like me, self-testing at home?  Does your doctor’s...
Improve my sleep

Improve my sleep

May 30, 2018
The purchase of my new Fitbit, has got me looking into my sleep patterns again, looking at how I can improve my sleep.  Sleep, has to be one of the most under-rated healing practice’s we can undertake. Prior to having a stroke in 2013, I had little idea how sleep...
Missing Blogs

Missing Blogs

Where are all my missing blogs for the last year and a half? It looks like I have fallen off the planet for 18 months.  Did you think I had disappeared?  No such luck.  I am continuing to not only survive but thrive. Within the last 18 months, I have had many missed...
Spoon Theory living with chronic fatigue

Spoon Theory living with chronic fatigue

February 22, 2018
I had a discussion on my Eat On Warfarin, Face Book page last week.   A story was mentioned that I had not heard for a while.  It is a simple and brilliant theory which explains what it is like living with sickness and chronic fatigue.  This is The Spoon Theory by...
Warfarin and Vitamin K: New Book Out Now

Warfarin and Vitamin K: New Book Out Now

October 5, 2016
My new book ‘Warfarin and the effects of Vitamin K and Protein’ is now available. The eagerly anticipated next chapter in my journey as a warfarin user is out now. In this new book I explore Warfarin and Vitamin K interactions and the effect of high protein diets on...
I think that I forgot to take my Warfarin!

I think that I forgot to take my Warfarin!

June 2, 2016
For a scary moment I couldn’t remember if I forgot to take my Warfarin, or not… … I don’t think I forgot to take my Warfarin, but I can’t remember taking the pills.  It’s now 9 o’clock at night.  I try to think how many tablets were left in the pack after taking them...
Stopping my dose

Stopping my dose

April 29, 2016
Continued from my previous post regarding stopping my dose of warfarin. Usually if my INR is high then they try to reduce my dose by 1mg.  This can take a bit of time to come down doing it this way.  I wonder how quickly this will reduce my dose and then how quickly I...
Stopping my Warfarin

Stopping my Warfarin

April 27, 2016
Just had my INR results back. In fact they phoned me!  Wondered if the alarms had gone off or something.  Usually I have to call in a couple of days for my results.  Getting a call the next day can get a woman all worried! Dealing with a High INR So, I had my bloods...