due to bleeding issues and contraindication for warfarin, I will be seeing a haematologist to really nut out whether warfarin is a possibility or not.
So what happens after seeing the hematologist when he/she says it is a possibility?No, I've been told they won't do trials of warfarin.
yep ... and you're already an old handMechanical - most likely my last heart surgery (if nothing else crops up eg, the co-arct begins to deteriorate). Take warfarin and live with the testing and dosing.
wisdom right there...But at the same time, the prospect of having repeated surgeries in my older age does bother me...
well if you wish to discuss that and perhaps dive into the reasons, by all means. Either here or privately (and by that I mean talking because I can talk longer than I can type).So on the surface of it, it would seem that going mechanical makes sense. But for some reason, I just feel uneasy about that too...and am really struggling to reconcile that as well.
Thank you for your answers. I will certainly do the search you suggest. Good to hear that warfarin hasn't been a big deal for you. I see that more and more as I look around here.Your questions are not unique and you will find many posts about "living on warfarin" if you do a search. There is no way of knowing what the future holds for each of us.....one thing is for sure, it will be different than what we imagine. I'll take a shot at your three questions and how they have affected me:
1. Living on warfarin..........not a big deal. I have been on the drug longer than most people and have found that the lifelong warfarin "horror" stories have never been that bad. You need only take a little more care in dosing the drug and learning "not to run with scissors". I am sure a few folks do have issues with the drug but most problems are patient non-compliance. If you cannot follow a few guidelines......don't go on warfarin.
2. I have chronic spinal pain and all of the other aches and pains that go with old age. Fortunately, when I have problems "Tylenol" does the job. My hunch is that I have probably taken stronger drugs in the pre-internet age when I never knew of all the "stuff" that might adversely affect me.
3. The few stitches and/or outpatient surgeries or dental work I had never required a warfarin "bridge" but those who have seem to be able to handle "bridging" OK.
On balance......and with the ability to look back......I would make the same choice at middle age that I made at the young age of 31. Frankly, at middle age, 60ish, I'd stay away from procedures that might put me back on an operating table in old age.
Thanks Pellicle, I think I would like to do that...I will message you?Hey Tezza
yep ... and you're already an old hand
wisdom right there
well if you wish to discuss that and perhaps dive into the reasons, by all means. Either here or privately (and by that I mean talking because I can talk longer than I can type).