yep, but you know, its sort of diminishing returns anyway. Just going with 12 years.12 years would be awesome.
I belong to a medical group called Dignity which limits the doctors you can see to those in their network. Previously, at the network of Tenet, the cardiologist would not give me a prescription for the Coagchek home testing. My primary care doctor prescribed and is monitoring the results I call in every two weeks. Apparently, Tenet doesn’t trust their patients ability to test or wants more control over the testing for lab revenue (always come down to the money, it seems). I have had the meter for over 5 years and it is still working perfectly.They'll be testing you daily in the hospital, so it probably would be overkill. You will have other opportunities to check your machine against the lab.
You would probably be ok waiting until you get home. However, personally, I would bring it and test one or two days after release. This is based on my personal experience. My surgeon had ordered that my INR be tested two days after release. The home visit nurse was unable to get enough blood for the test. For some reason he tried to draw it from a vein in my hand. He struggled to get enough- turns out that he did not fill it up to the little line in the tube and Quest rejected it when he got there. He came back the next day and was not able to get more than a couple of drops. He told me my blood was too thick. The guy was totally incompetent. I had the coumadin clinic call in to Quest, so that I could just go in myself on day 4 to get tested. My INR went from 3.1 to 9.7 during those 4 days, as I was on a medication which is known to spike INR.
If I had my own meter, I could have tested myself on day 2, and could have taken action much sooner, before my INR went so high. So, I guess I am an advocate of being able to self test very soon after release. Upon release, they will be switching you from IV fed medications to oral and this might affect your INR- it sure did for me.
That's insane. A total rip off to all of us, who end up paying for Medicare. You can get a used one a lot cheaper than that. I purched mine for about $230 and picked up a couple of back ups for $ 50 and $35.The meter rental and strips costs Nedicare over $880 per 2 months, which is ridiculous since one could buy a used unit for about $1000.
I'm pretty sure you can buy a new unit for $600 and a used one for much less, making it more ridiculous.The meter rental and strips costs Nedicare over $880 per 2 months, which is ridiculous since one could buy a used unit for about $1000
totally welcome ... I'm here to help ;-)I want to also thank Pellicle for his video showing how to use the Coaguchek machine, especially how to draw the blood using the lancet and elastic band tournique.
I will be checking twice a week soon.