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    Cyborg in training

    'Allowed' is the operative word. This is because it usually takes around three months for the INR and dosing to stabilize. Self-testing before the three months are up will let a person track the changes. Plus - if the clinic or doctor only has testing done every other week, or every month...
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    72 year old surgeon

    Yes. It's amazing how old everyone else gets. Approaching another decade mark, I don't see (or maybe can't see) much change in my mental abilities (what day is it? I went to the kitchen but forgot why) and I'm able to do the same stuff that I did when I was younger -- except that I have...
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    Cyborg in training

    Years ago (before 2009), before I knew a lot about self-testing or the variability of INR if you don't take the same daily dose, I was doing like johnmarkos is doing - 7.5 mg one day, 5 mg the next. Ignorantly, I hadn't had my INR tested for many months - but I was lucky. I didn't have any...
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    72 year old surgeon

    Thanks for the clarification. Having a clinic that is designed solely for cardiac surgery may not be a bad choice - it should be equipped to handle most (or all) complications. But I agree the idea of a hospital and many layers of support sounds like a good choice.
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    Cyborg in training

    Hey, Johnmarkos - if you can, get an INR test meter so you can self-test. Once your INR becomes stable, you can test weekly to confirm your INR or make minor (MINOR) adjustments to dosage so you stay in range. As far as I know, only two meters are available in the United States - the Coaguchek...
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    Worsening bicuspid

    DaVinci - Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian composer who lived during the Stalinist years. He composed for ballets, symphonies and other music, and even did the score of a Movie (Lt. Kije, or Kitje, or whatever anglicization of the Russian language they use). If you get a chance, check out some of...
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    Preparing to go to the FDA

    The response that I've gotten so far seemed as if the person was interested in what I had to say. I hope that I convinced her that I'm not a crank or a crackpot, or out to get some kind of financial reward - or something else. I hope I convinced this person that my only concern in contacting the...
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    Preparing to go to the FDA

    I told this doctor that I had two bad knees - that an MRI of my left knee was interpreted to say I need a knee replacement right away. I didn't get it. I told him that I had the same issue with my right knee. He pushed on my patella on both legs,and moved my leg up and down. 'They're crunchy,'...
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    Preparing to go to the FDA

    I mentioned this to my doctor. He didn't seem to be interested. I'm now in a PPO, and he probably has a choice of this ONE lab - so he may be hesitant to shake things up with them. An angry lab could, perhaps, delay results, not return phone calls as quickly as he would like, or do other things...
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    72 year old surgeon

    The fact that the surgeon now operates out of a private clinic concerns me. Does this mean that his former hospital forced (strongly suggested) his retirement? Does the private clinic have to resources to handle unexpected complications? It's a bit worrisome to me. It sounds like you've made a...
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    Can you help me with this? Nervous.

    I can't of much help here, but I suspect that if this was an emergent problem - something that needed immediate attention - your doctor would have insisted on an immediate consultation with a cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. Doctors (usually) don't let bad things sit too long.
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    Worsening bicuspid

    The mathematical side of me really appreciates daddy Bach, and much of Prokofiev.
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    Preparing to go to the FDA

    Self-advocacy is certainly important. But to do it right, I've got to have solid facts behind me -- and I DO have some -- test results from two other clinical labs to show that the one I plan to complain about provided incorrect results -- records of message acknowledgments from the lab, and...
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    Preparing to go to the FDA

    nobog -- the tests that I referred to last June were compared to two blood draws at other labs, and to two tests on my Coag-Sense meters. I'm not sure about calibration issues -- but I think that it would be odd to have a lab with results that were contradicted by two other labs, and the doctor...
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    Preparing to go to the FDA

    That was my thought, too - but I wanted to be certain.
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