stabilizing inr/pt levels post surgery
my dad is having quite the time getting his coumadin levels stabilized. one day they're too high and they tell him to refrain for a day, the next few days they're too low and he loads with coumadin.
i remember there being a thread where someone (al?) listed percentages, and based on those percentages, the amount of coumadin to be calculated.
can anyone recall this thread? i can't seem to find it and i'm not happy with the way my dad's coumadin is being handled.... by his cardio, not an anticoag. specialist. he normally takes 5 mg 3 days and 7.5 four days a week. his levels were 3.7 yesterday after taking 10 mg on sunday. he took another 10mg on monday, but was told to withhold coumdin yesterday. now back on 5 mg as of today and the 7.5 as well. i don't know what to tell him, since it seems to be seesawing up and down (was 1.3 for days before the 10 mg addition)... i'm learning even though joey doesn't take this, but should they not have kept him on atleast 2.5 on what they called his "day off"?
thanks so much...
still pray for all who are not well and think of all who are...
my husband, Joey, had Ross Procedure 9/20/01
Beth Israel Med. Ctr., N.Y.- Dr. Paul Stelzer