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 ……….

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...
I’m picking up!  But not that fast….

I’m picking up! But not that fast….

August 26, 2014
I’m getting there at last. My INR has come back up to 2.1 again so I am getting back towards my therapeutic range.  I am feeling a bit better, not as lethargic, but my stomach is still sore with the indigestion. Well I’m off to London tomorrow so at least I have an...
Feeling really bad now!

Feeling really bad now!

August 23, 2014
I was just so sore that I didn’t know what to do. It was a Saturday today so I couldn’t go to the doctors but I was getting so much pain in my side and my back that it was sore to breathe and was making me dizzy. I decided to go to the accident and emergency...
Still Feeling as Rough as a Rough Thing…

Still Feeling as Rough as a Rough Thing…

August 15, 2014
I still haven’t been feeling back on track again so I asked for another blood test to check my INR. I had it taken a couple of days ago and I have just phoned in to get the result. 1.8 So it’s only moved 0.2 but Doc still wants me to stay on 12 and 13mg. I know...
Rougher Still…

Rougher Still…

August 8, 2014
Just couldn’t stand the pain any longer today, so phoned the doctor. He has agreed to up my Warfarin dose to 13mg every second day so I am now on 12/13 alternate days. Hopefully that will start to bring my INR up again....
Feeling as Rough as a Rough Thing…

Feeling as Rough as a Rough Thing…

August 6, 2014
Not sure what’s going on but I have been feeling so rough. I haven’t been away travelling for a few weeks so it can’t be down to that.  I have been careful with what I am eating and measuring my greens to be sure I am having a consistent amount so I don’t think it...
The Big Smoke…

The Big Smoke…

July 4, 2014
No I haven’t started smoking again, I’ve been in London. Actually, before I tell you about London, I will tell you about my smoking and my attempts to stop. I smoked for about 15 years.  I think I must have tried everything to stop.  Laser therapy - worked for about 3...
INR, vitamin K, weight, diet, aaaghh!

INR, vitamin K, weight, diet, aaaghh!

June 13, 2014
I had my bloods taken a couple of days ago for my regular INR check. Now that I am within my therapeutic range, and the doctors are happy with everything, I normally only get my bloods checked about once every 6 weeks.  I can remember last year having to get them done...
Stroke Rehab Review

Stroke Rehab Review

June 11, 2014
I was back today to see the lovely stroke nurses and physio’s at Stroke Rehab for a review of how I am doing. Nowadays I feel like a bit of a fraud walking into the cardiac rehab unit.  I have no problems with walking or conversations now.  My sense of humour is...