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    Its all new,

    I think your post absolutely belongs here. Many of us take Warfarin, and it's important that we discuss warfarin-related issues here. I suspect that you'll probably be seeing blood in your urine (or it will show in urine testing) while your prostate is healing, and possibly for a long while...
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    Its all new,

    What IS a perfect example is trying to use an exception to prove a rule. Because ONE person had hematuria, you seem to conclude that EVERYONE with an INR above 1.5 WOULD have blood in their urine. What if this person had a urinary tract infection, and the warfarin made bladder or kidney bleeds...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    I am much LESS nervous having a meter regularly updated - often correcting cosmetics and functions more than they touch the actual test process. This meter is FDA approved - any major changes that may have ANY IMPACT on test results would have to be cleared by the FDA. I would rather go with a...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    Pellicle - I started this thread - 7 pages ago - comparing Coag-Sense with CoaguChek XS. In the past, I was finding that my Coag-Sense fairly regularly reported INRs below the CoaguChek XS, and often considerably lower than the labs. At the same time, users of the Coag-Sense were reporting...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    I'm sure that the lab results may differ slightly (or they SHOULD differ slightly). Last year, I had a LONG series of conversations with LabCorp execs. They assured me that they thoroughly test ANY reagents used for INR testing, at the time they arrive, and daily, to assure accuracy. Quest...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    Yet another update - 10/19/21 On 10/14, I tested my INR using two CoaguChek XS meters and my Coag-Sense. I followed the next day with a test at Labcorp. The two XS results were 3.8 and 3.9 - these were done within minutes of each other. My Coag-Sense said 2.7. Also, within minutes of the XS...
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    Coag-Sense versus CoaguChek xs and labs

    It's been a few months since I updated to this thread. I've been using the XS for most of my tests. It's slightly easier to use than the Coag-Sense, but my bigger issue was the difference between the results in the two meters, and the Coag-Sense's sometimes significantly lower results than...
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    Its all new,

    I was (and still am) on a limited income, so I also tried to conserve strips by testing less often. I was testing every two weeks, or until I thought about running a test. I had the 'feeling' that I could tell when my INR was too high or too low. Maybe I did. Maybe I didn't. I was using the...
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    Its all new,

    Weekly testing IS important, and I somehow let it run beyond weekly. My INR was at 3.1 on my CoaguChek XS. I tested a few days ago, in advance of a blood draw, and the meter said 3.9. (My Coag-Sense said it was 2.7). I dropped my dose from 7.0 to 6.5. Yesterday - 3 days after I dropped my...
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    Home testing

    If I recall correctly, Beta video was better than VHS.
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    Home testing

    I'm not sure if I wrote about some really inexpensive XS meters. These are on eBay. They don't have a back cover or front strip guide, and sell for as little as $25. (I paid $30 for mine). The meters won't accept a strip without the blue guide, or a small piece of plastic or other material...
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    Inexpensive CoaguChek XS meters

    I just heard from the seller. She claims that they put a plastic piece into the strip area that makes the meter usable. I've checked this out - there's a small tab that the standard blue strip guide presses on to tell the meter that the guide is in place. If that little tab isn't pressed, the...
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    Its all new,

    I'm glad that the anticoagulation clinic is working well for you. Years ago, I went to a UCLA anticoagulation clinic - about 15 miles from home (about an hour round trip), and they were useful only for validating my meter's results. Their dosing recommendations weren't always right (they had a...
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    Home testing

    At least this wormhole didn't stray into politics.
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    Home testing

    Actually, Betamax and VHS came out at almost the same time. The Betamax (developed by Sony) format lost to VHS in terms of market share).
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    Back on the merry-go-round, or just caffeine?

    Thanks, Eva. I don't use a CPAP - I'm not sure that I need it. I still put a little instant coffee into my morning Ovaltine, and I'm thinking of increasing my caffeine consumption. I went to my PCP yesterday, and he ordered a lot of tests. I'll see if there's anything there. I may also have...
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    Inexpensive CoaguChek XS meters

    The meter arrived today. The screen was scratched but readable. The seller may have turned it on, but without the little blue cover, it won't do a test. There's a small notch on that cover that triggers a switch on the monitor, allowing a test to be run. I didn't get a close look, but there...
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    Home testing

    The meter arrived today. The screen was scratched but readable. The seller may have turned it on, but without the little blue cover, it won't do a test. There's a small notch on that cover that triggers a switch on the monitor, allowing a test to be run. I didn't get a close look, but there...
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    Home testing

    I also store my data on ISO files. Many media players can easily handle ISO files. DVDs may still last a while, but with streaming content and large capacity flash media, their days may be somewhat numbered. Still, as a physical medium, they'll probably have a place for distribution of video -...
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    Home testing

    I second that thought. DVD-ROM may have been a good choice a few years ago, but they probably degrade eventually. Flash drives are probably a better choice, and a cloud backup wouldn't hurt,, either. It'll probably be decades before flash drives and cloud storage will become obsolete methods...
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