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 ……….

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...
Gotta lose this weight

Gotta lose this weight

June 4, 2014
Right I have decided enough is enough. Time to get some weight off.       The photo of shame!           There has to be a way to get the weight off.   It’s not as easy though being on Warfarin. Normally I would have fresh salads in summer time but currently I’m...
eatonwarfarin.com

eatonwarfarin.com

May 28, 2014
Its official, I am going to set up a business around Warfarin and my journey. Not sure how it’s all going to look yet but I am setting my sights high.  So I have just bought the domain name, eatonwarfarin.com Oh heck, how am I going to get the energy to do anything?...
Nothing like a Nice Massage to Chill Me Out

Nothing like a Nice Massage to Chill Me Out

May 26, 2014
Well that’s what I thought. I decided it might help me to relax if I went and got a nice massage.  My favourite is hot stone therapy but I thought I would just go for a basic massage this time. Wow, well that won’t be happening anytime soon. It seems Warfarin and...
The Art of Napping

The Art of Napping

May 18, 2014
That’s it. I have decided that rather than just do research on Warfarin and write notes on bits of paper (that I am only going to lose then get frustrated because I can’t find them) I’m going to compile them into a book.  Other people must be in the same boat as me. ...
To meditate or not to meditate, that is the question…

To meditate or not to meditate, that is the question…

March 25, 2014
Great, I started my meditation class today. I’ve done meditation before but recently have been struggling to concentrate on it so I was really looking forward to the class. There was a small group of us who were going to be on the 8 week course. It’s an 8 week course...
Mindfulness

Mindfulness

February 24, 2014
My psychology assessment showed that I had damaged two areas of my brain – the two areas I use a lot – processing and problem solving. Both of these areas are a bit delayed now in comparison to the other skills.  If there were two areas I would always have said I was...
Off to see the Prof again

Off to see the Prof again

February 20, 2014
Okay so it was a bit scary and another first. I travelled down to London on the train, all by myself.  Well, I’m impressed even if you are not.  All on my own, by myself…  Go me! I had an appointment with Professor Khamashta at London Bridge Hospital. He took my...