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 ……….

Travelling after a stroke

Travelling after a stroke

August 11, 2015
Yay! Back on the train to London again.  I'm off to meet with Kate Hindle, manager of the Hughes Syndrome Foundation. Travelling after a stroke has been challenging. I am starting to feel much more comfortable about travelling again.  Jumping on the train is great as...
INR Update

INR Update

August 7, 2015
Yet another INR result to put in my INR Record. Sometimes it seems like it’s a pain going back and forward to get checked.  I know other people on Warfarin have a real dislike for having to continually get checked.  I can imagine it could be a pain, especially if your...
Warfarin and cold feet…

Warfarin and cold feet…

July 28, 2015
I never used to feel the cold much. I was usually the one who was warm and would be stripping off! Considering I used to teach outdoor sports in all weathers, I would rarely have cold feet. Unless I was having to jump off heights - but that’s a different kind of cold...
Back to the dentist…filling time!

Back to the dentist…filling time!

July 24, 2015
Today was my first appointment with the Dental Therapist. I was having a big filling replaced and, given the escapade at the previous dentist I tried, I have to say I wasn’t looking forward to it.  I decided to do some work on my mind prior to going to try and get me...
Launch day… again!!

Launch day… again!!

July 21, 2015
This time it’s the Coumadin Book For all Warfarinites who know their medication as Coumadin, we have published a Coumadin version of my easy to follow guide, but… STOP!! Don’t go running out and buy both the Warfarin book and Coumadin book. Well, not that you will do...
Aaaaggghhhhhh it’s dentist time…

Aaaaggghhhhhh it’s dentist time…

July 9, 2015
Normally I am okay with going to the dentist but since being put on Warfarin I haven’t been so keen. My previous dentist, whom I used to see when abroad on holiday, preferred that I be treated back in the UK after I started taking Warfarin in case anything should go...
It’s arrived, woohoo!

It’s arrived, woohoo!

June 29, 2015
I believe that ‘unboxing’ of new products is a bit of a thing nowadays and there are so many videos out there which show people doing just that. Just as well I didn’t video myself, what a mess!  My new Fitbit Charge HR has just arrived! And it’s not the easiest to get...
The gloves are off…..!!!

The gloves are off…..!!!

June 10, 2015
At last! Summer may actually be reaching us.  I can’t believe it is the middle of June and this is the first day that I didn’t wear my gloves in the morning when walking the dog.  It’s been a combination of the strange cold weather we have been having this year and me...
Launch day… Eat On Warfarin is live!

Launch day… Eat On Warfarin is live!

May 18, 2015
Today Eat On Warfarin has gone live. The first book ‘Warfarin – an easy to follow guide from a patient’s perspective’ has been launched on Amazon and is available in paperback and Kindle.  Our website (mark 1) has also gone live.  Slightly more basic than we had...
Fifteen and fasting?

Fifteen and fasting?

April 24, 2015
Yup, my dose of warfarin was raised to 15mg per day today. Wow!  My INR result in the last month has been around 2.6 but today it was 2.2.  I have been playing around with my diet a bit recently. Sometimes, I struggle with the 5:2 fasting diet because it’s difficult...