Cath’s Blog

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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 ……….

Haemy appointment

Haemy appointment

March 22, 2016
I went in to get my yearly blood check from the Haematology dept.  Usually I get a bit of a discussion to remind me how little I know about APS and if you remember the last one was when I gave him all my London Bridge letters from Professor Khamashta telling them I...
WordPress…easy to use?!?

WordPress…easy to use?!?

September 21, 2015
There is one thing that I find really annoying – my brain struggles with processing and problem solving since my stroke. After my stroke, I was assessed by a psychologist as I was rapidly going towards a depressive state.  My brain function was tested to see what...
Too many treats???

Too many treats???

September 18, 2015
Well my INR has dropped a bit. I’ve gone from 3.0, at my last check, to 1.9.  I have been travelling a lot and I do find it harder to keep to my usual diet… and find myself having little treats now and then. Well, I’m away from home!  It’s like being on little...
Meditation and Interrupting the pattern…

Meditation and Interrupting the pattern…

August 28, 2015
I’ve got a couple of friends staying with me – one from up north and one from down south. We decided that, given we were all into meditation and alternative healing, we would visit the nearby Buddhist temple.  The temple is not far from where I stay so I have been...
Train or car? train or car? train or car?… Train

Train or car? train or car? train or car?… Train

August 17, 2015
Here I am, not long back from London, and now I need to go to Glasgow. In my last post about going to London I mentioned that my confidence really seems to have taken a battering.  I used to think nothing of driving for miles in the car.  But now I refuse to drive 1.5...
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...