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    Tomorrow 's the day

    Best of luck and we'll see you on the other side! Please keep us posted on how you're doing as soon as you feel well enough.
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    my self management results for 2020

    Sorry that they are making it so difficult to get your prescription. It is hard to understand their stubbornness. I'm sure eventually you will find a patient friendly PCP. If not, there is always the warfarin black market- just kidding don't do that- I can't imagine one even really exists.
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    my self management results for 2020

    Translation: "I don't understand basic math and you're confusing me." My Coumadin Clinic experience is very different. They have done almost all that I have asked of them and see themselves as supporting me, rather than dictating to me. I was running low on the warfarin the hospital sent me...
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    how long can you go without it?

    It is this data that helped me not to be anxious about dipping to INR 1.6 with vitamin K therapy. Thanks for sharing
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    my self management results for 2020

    From your graph, it appears that you sometimes dose in 1/2mg. I am finding that currently the dosage that gets my INR in range is between 3mg and 4mg of warfarin. My 1mg tablets have a indent to allow splitting and I am leaning towards trying 3.5mg and see if that keeps me in range, rather than...
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    Life Expectancy BAV Mechanical vs Tissue

    We all have to weigh the relative risks and decide how we live our lives. The last time I renewed my life insurance policy, in answering one of their questions, I had to disclose that I scuba dive. This led to a series of follow up questions, including how deep I went when I dove. It ended up...
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    Life Expectancy BAV Mechanical vs Tissue

    I would agree with this statement. There are so many things that we have control over which are correlated with longer life expectancy. To those that you mention I would add: maintaining a healthy BMI, controlling blood pressure, eating a healthy diet and controlling insulin resistance. We don't...
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    New on the list

    Actually, I agree. And having good relations with the former colonialist ruler is not a bad thing.
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    New on the list

    Further confusing things is that the accents are so similar between the two Georgias! 🤣 It could also cause a bit of confusion when someone says that they are from Wales. If you don't clarify that you mean Wales, AU. People just might follow up with whether you know the Queen, especially if...
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    New on the list

    Well, then there's the whole deal about the metric system as well, 😀 This was the dead give away from his post: "I think I want my surgery in Spokane at sacred heart"
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    That will be interesting to see. Please keep us posted. I would not expect much movement even at 100mcg. But, I'll bet taking 10 x 100mcg = 1mg will get some movement. While that might be interesting for all of us to observe that would probably be too self sacrificial. lol
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    I checked out my K2 bottles per your suggestion. They appear to be pure K2, with no mention of K1. I tried to get the full study referenced by the abstract, but all links for the full doc want a fee. I too would be curious about the dose of K2 used. The Coumadin Clinic, in having me take 25 x...
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    At the over the counter dose, I would not expect it to move INR very much. My over the counter k2 has 100mcg per tablet. So, might be about like eating a small side salad, in terms of how much K2 you are getting. As K2 was the only one I had handy and the desire was to get my INR turned around...
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    K1 or K2 are definitely things you want to only take under the guidance of a doctor. More on that below. For me, the take away is to avoid ever getting to that very high INR that I did. Here is my view on the best way to do that: 1. Be your own advocate. Prior to going to the hospital, I had...
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    Why don't you call Cleveland Clinic and see if they will send in the prescription to your local pharmacy? If you talk to your surgeon's team, I'll bet he has a nurse practitioner who can send in the prescription for you.
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    I'm just a newbie at this, but I would not worry about feeling like you need to eat lots of greens to hold down your INR if you are at 3.4. If you are hungry and feel like greens, go for it, but I would not force feed myself a bunch of greens. 1) the amount of vitamin K is very low in greens...
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    Yeah, I did leave that out of the story on your thread for the sake of brevity. But, the rest of the story is that I returned from the sports bar at 9 or 10pm to find that my strips had arrived. I was so eager to use them and was sure that I remembered the instructional video. It turns out that...
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    There’s my face.

    I'm guessing this means that you made it to the Good Place, so congrats! I've heard the Bad Place has Hardcore Punk playing 24/7, so I doubt you would have the tranquility to continue posting.
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    Self-monitoring INR from the start

    I feel the exact same way Amy. I have been self testing now since day 19 of recovery and am so glad that I am now in control of staying in range. You may have read my story on the other thread, but I will recap and give an update. For me, it did not go so well relying on other people to keep me...
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    What kind of shape are you in for AVR?

    In the valve surgery world, at 66 you are young and low risk. You should do just fine. I would focus on the things that you can control. Your surgery is 4/20, is that correct? I would get in as much walking between now and then as you can. This will help boost your conditioning a little bit and...
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