I’m back!

Posted July 26th, 2009 by Rachel

Okay, so far I’ve done appallingly at my goal of posting every day. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve well and truly failed in my new year’s resolution.

As usual my absence can be explained by the continuing medical dramas in my life and me generally feeling crap. My medical adventures over the last few months have involved scans, ultrasounds, x-rays, cystoscopies, urodynamics testing, being hooked up to the mains for neurological tests…as usual with my body that hates me, just when I think nothing else can go wrong with it, something else does.

On the positive side, finally, earlier this year (I think it was around April time) we finally got the go-ahead from the PCT for getting the testing strips for my INR prescribed on the NHS, so finally I was able to start with the self-testing. This has made a huge difference, cutting down the amount of appointments I need and the time I’ve been needing off work for medical appointments, and of course associated sitting around in waiting rooms. Recently I went away for 10 days, and as my INR’s been going haywire recently after I was given some antibiotics before a medical procedure I’ve been needing to test my INR most weeks, I was able to test my INR while I was away without the hassle of having to register with a local doctor and going for blood tests etc. It takes only a few minutes to set up and test my INR, and then I just phone my GP to get my warfarin dosage. I’m getting pretty good though at guessing what the dosage is going to be and how long before re-testing, and mostly I guess right what my GP’s going to say. I did have a bit of a panic before my trip away when I ran out of testing strips and it turned out the prescription I’d got was for the strips for the old version of my testing machine, which aren’t compatible with my machine. When I couldn’t get the right strips from any of the local chemists before I went, fortunately the practice manager at the surgery saved the day, letting me borrow some of the surgery’s test strips until mine arrived.

In the midst of all the medical dramas Bliss had a couple of months of practising getting back into writing mode (not that we’ve made much progress on that front), I had a long and frustrating battle with beauocrasy, and I’ve had the usual battle with managing to keep my hours up at work. Other than that things are pretty much the same except that I’ve started to put my “getting things back on track” plan into action, and I’ve given up the support forum. This means I’ve actually got time now to do things that don’t involve being glued to the keyboard all day every day, and I’ve actually started watching TV again – yay!

Normal service shall now resume.


One Response to: “I’m back!”

  1. JackP responds:
    Posted: July 27th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Welcome back! I was beginning to think you’d given up on the whole blogging idea…!


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