Archive for “October, 2008”

On this page the following entries were made in the “October, 2008” time-frame.


Swiss cheese brain update 31/10/08

Posted October 31st, 2008 by Rachel

Well, the results I’ve been getting this week from my little INR machine have been somewhat different from the lab results that have been coming back from the district nurse checking my INR using a venous sample, as opposed to the capillary sample the machine uses. The result I got on Tuesday was 1.4 and [...]

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Swiss cheese brain update 30/10/08

Posted October 30th, 2008 by Rachel

Well the district nurse came early this morning (before 10am) to take a blood sample to check my INR, so the sample should go off in the first collection to the hospital at lunch time, and I should get the result back this afternoon all being well. I tried to do a test myself just [...]

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Swiss cheese brain update 29/10/08

Posted October 29th, 2008 by Rachel

Well today I managed to sleep in until 10am! That’s almost unheard of, even when I’m in my usual state of health. Initially I did wake up at around 6.30am, largely I suspect because I forgot to take my strong painkillers last night, and just took my usual bedtime ones. I didn’t think I’d get [...]

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Swiss cheese brain update 28/10/08

Posted October 28th, 2008 by Rachel

Well, all in all I’m not feeling too bad. In fact, considering everything I’d even go so far as to say that for this stage in the game, I’m feeling pretty damned good. I spent most of Sunday after I got home dozing on and off, and a fair amount of yesterday either dozing or [...]

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My swiss cheese brain

Posted October 27th, 2008 by Rachel

*** WARNING *** CONTAINS PHOTOS OF MY MOST RECENT “WAR WOUNDS” *** Well, after much drama and waiting for news, I finally made it into hospital and on Friday had the revision of my VP shunt. It turned out that the existing ventricular catheter (which is blocked and no longer works) was rather firmly attached [...]

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News of my departure was a little premature

Posted October 23rd, 2008 by Rachel

Well, I should be in the hospital by now getting drained of blood and having allsorts of tests and stuff (I was supposed to be there for 10am this morning), but I’m still here. Phoned this morning at 8.30 to check they’d got a bed for me, as per the usual instructions, and was told [...]

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Signing out

Posted October 22nd, 2008 by Rachel

Well, on Monday came the good news that the plan’s still for me to go in on Thursday – no nasty heparin infusion! Yay for me! Stopped the warfarin from Monday, so hopefully my INR should be just about where they want it by now. I’ve packed my Coaguchek machine, as instructed. Hopefully the combination [...]

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Op attempt #2

Posted October 17th, 2008 by Rachel

On Monday I heard from the hospital that they’ve got a new date for me – in on 23rd October (next Thursday) for the op on 24th October (Friday). That was the plan anyhow. I’ve been for the pre-op assessment today though, as usual a very long-winded and tiring affair. Apart from the usual blood [...]

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More adventures with a sharp pointy object

Posted October 16th, 2008 by Rachel

Yay! Finally, success! The new lancets supplied by the nurse practitioner did the trick (get a much larger blood sample), and today I managed to get the stabbing finger with sharp pointy object and working the machine working together, and actually got a result! After the first beep of the machine I’d got my eyes [...]

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NHS waiting list world record

Posted October 10th, 2008 by Rachel

Wednesday when I got in from work I got a bit of a shock, in the form of a telephone call from my neurosurgeon’s secretary. When I saw my neurosurgeon last at the beginning of September, we decided that given the ongoing problems with my LP shunt, it was probably worth investigating my still in, [...]

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