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  1. Meanjellybean

    INR dose - hard to trust a GP

    Thanks Amy, yes I did find in was not in agreement with my Doctor. I will give him the benefit of the doubt for this week but if it does drop I wont be happy. By my calculations I should be at 4mg to 5mg. And if dropping I would be at 4.5 mg. Antibiotics can affect INR in both ways depending on...
  2. Meanjellybean

    INR dose - hard to trust a GP

    Thanks @Chuck C Yes once I do have a clearer understanding of my levels and the way they move I will most likely take control just as you did. I will follow the GP for now but I will test myself in the next day or two.. I would be filled with too much anxiety to be able to wait a week like my...
  3. Meanjellybean

    INR dose - hard to trust a GP

    Hey @dick0236 I should clarify, I just had my valve put in 2 weeks ago. So they test every day in hospital before I could be discharged. They are still finding my levels..
  4. Meanjellybean

    INR dose - hard to trust a GP

    Yes 100% plan to do my own testing and self management. Just have not yet received it. It does seem pretty clear doesn't it. Then why does the GP not see the same? It's crazy the amount we need to trust these people. And the consequences fall on us for their mistakes. [email protected]%$ that!
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    INR dose - hard to trust a GP

    Hello all, I am finding it very difficult to trust my GP regarding my warfarin dose. I recently had the following doses: Inr dose Fri Jun 04 2021 1.2 2 Sat Jun 05 2021 1.4 2 Sun Jun 06 2021 1.6 2 Mon Jun 07...
  6. Meanjellybean

    At a CROSSROADS. (31 years of age)

    1 week update post surgery To sum up the week with one word would be: progress! I am still amazed at the way the body can heal, recovery and adapt to such difficult surgeries. I am so thankful to my surgical team and the care I received in ICU to the ward. I am still in hospital as my INR is...
  7. Meanjellybean

    At a CROSSROADS. (31 years of age)

    Had my surgery on the 3rd of June. Carbomedics valve 23mm was what my surgeon went with in the end. On the bypass for 2hours and 25mins but took over 7 hours in total due to the scar tissue and how "stuck" the heart was with surrounding structures. On day of surgery I was sedated the whole...
  8. Meanjellybean

    At a CROSSROADS. (31 years of age)

    31 years old.. Yeah I don't know what's going on... He said its because a paediatric anesthetic will have a better understanding of levels..
  9. Meanjellybean

    At a CROSSROADS. (31 years of age)

    Thank you all for well wishes, prayers and hugs. Quick update: Been delayed again for surgery. Planned for on Thursday (Sydney time). Reason was that the surgeon wants a paediatric anesthetist because he feels a general one will not be accurate enough with drugs levels considering how long the...
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    At a CROSSROADS. (31 years of age)

    Well the month of May has been a shitty journey for me honestly. I was cancelled 3 times for my surgery because of the public hospital system. Basically if you are on a waiting list and not in hospital (and can't get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition) you are at the mercy of...
  11. Meanjellybean

    Irregular Heartbeat

    If you are like me and unable to hold a beat (playing guitar) you can always blame it on the irregular heart rhythm haha.
  12. Meanjellybean

    Irregular Heartbeat

    I also have a irregular heart rhythm. It was caused by the scar tissues and resulted in Left bundle branch block. There is no need to fix as it is my regular irregular if that makes sense. Actually to help with medications when it is not needed can be worse. You just need to look out for a...
  13. Meanjellybean

    Cleveland Clinic valves?

    I had a similar experience with my Cardiologist. He was pushing for me to get valvoplasty for several years then to have a tissue valve with the thought of TAVR in the future. I declined and chose mechanical and he basically said that he wants nothing to do with my surgery. That I need to...
  14. Meanjellybean

    Mental recovery

    You have undergone a major surgery which for most people usually comes unexpected with limited time to process it all.. it is normal to have anxiety about things now, you just realised how fragile humans really are but see that from the positive side if you can. Life is more precious and you can...
  15. Meanjellybean

    Open heart surgery and redo operations

    Thank you for your detailed experience. The first surgery which required the reop several days later would of been such a shock! That would be a tough experience but thankfully for you it went well after the reop. Was your first surgery alot hard on the body? - how long was that recovery time...
  16. Meanjellybean

    Open heart surgery and redo operations

    What an amazing journey and recovery times your wife had. Better with each OHS. Who would of thought.. experience and medical advances really do help over time. Yes i agree with having experience when a redo is required. That is why i am awaiting on my surgeon who is the senior in the hospital...
  17. Meanjellybean

    Open heart surgery and redo operations

    Also @Chuck C. Appreciate your input. Your a legend! 🙂👍
  18. Meanjellybean

    Open heart surgery and redo operations

    Hey @pellicle , Yes you did answer and I thank you for your input. And as always you go above and beyond for members by providing well sourced articles and links for us to review. I was just opening up for others experience 🙂 I mainly reask as this is more of a subjective experince that...
  19. Meanjellybean

    Open heart surgery and redo operations

    Really enjoy the talk and community here. My Opening post seems to have been sidetracked a little. Re-asking: I was hoping to get your experience with OHS and specifically the difference if you have required to have a reoperation? Any and all input appreciated 🙂👍
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