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Commented on INR weekly testing at home 12 months ago

I had the same experience... at first, my intuition was to dab it directly on top of the strip. Best thing to do is hold it to the side and allow the blood to be drawn in. Blood drop should be at least "lady bug" sized. Good luck to you.

Commented on Drinking while using blood thinners about 1 year ago

You're most welcome. I have never smoked cigarettes and have no experience with the effect of cigarettes on INR. Cannabis was legalized almost a year ago in Canada and I think next month things like edibles will be legalized. I have never tried either but I was reading an article recently that said THC would impact warfarin users by increasing the potency of warfarin and therefore increase INR. So if you are a user, you may find it harder to regulate your INR. I have no direct experience, just the recent article I read. I would speak to your doctor to feel certain.

Commented on Drinking while using blood thinners about 1 year ago

I am an engineer by training and I almost drove myself crazy trying to calculate out amounts of vitamin K in my diet and adapt my Warfarin. My best advice to you is to eat a heart healthy diet as best you can, get your exercise, and test your INR to match your Warfarin dose to your daily lifestyle you enjoy. Even doing this, if you are new to Warfarin, you will have ups and downs anyway as your body adjusts. It can take more than a year in my experience even with best efforts. I wouldn't spend my life doing math formulas. Have a beer once in a while or a giant hamburger, or salad whatever you enjoy, live your life after all. Here in Canada, a test strip cost less than $10. Small price to pay for my piece of mind on my dosage. Best of luck to you.

Commented on Drinking while using blood thinners about 1 year ago

For what it's worth, I have been taking warfarin for over 3.5 years now. I test each and every week. I enjoy beer, wine and whiskey. Not to excess. In my experience, enjoying a couple of Corona will not have an adverse effect on your INR.

Commented on Aortic valve replacement and on warfarin for life over 1 year ago

Thank you for this positive post maggiemay. I'm 48 and I've been taking warfarin for just over 3 years after a mitral valve replacement. I've been self testing since day one and this site has been very helpful in tracking my progress. I agree with what you said. There are many things in life that we can't control but diet, exercise, and maintaining your INR in a therapeutic range are things that we do have control over. One day I hope to see 85 as well!

Commented on Foods that thin your blood over 2 years ago

Hi Sheila, can you explain what you mean when you say you have seen what the drug does to people long term? I have been taking Warfarin for 2 years and expect to be taking it for the rest of my life. I am 47 now and take 12 mg a day.

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