This weekend, I avoided going out in the sun, took my meds, took it easy, at least somewhat, I’m never good at the taking it easy part. I took 30 mg of Prednisone From Friday until today. I started feeling a little better yesterday, and somewhat better today. I decided to take my 30 mg dose this morning, then I went and checked in with Dr. C. Thankfully this appointment showed improvements. My INR is back in range, it’s 3.5. That means I can resume my normal dosing schedule of Warfarin for the rest of this week, unless I start getting ‘the bad’ headaches. Some warning signs of low INR for me is really bad headaches, silent migraines, and splinter hemorrhages under my fingernails. Those things all show me I need to go to the doctor and get my INR checked, even if I’m not due for a check.
I was so happy to see 3.5 on the INR test machine this morning. I’m pretty sure I would have cried if it had still been low. Cindy wrote down my INR, made notes in my chart on the computer as we chatted and then she left the room. Dr. C came in a little while later and was happy to see my INR had returned to range. We discussed if I was comfortable returning to my regular dosing schedule and I said I was. He then asked if I was feeling better, and I told him a good bit but still not completely. He said he wanted me to stay on Prednisone a couple of days longer so-called me in another prescription for them. He said it would hopefully knock this flare the rest of the way out. He asked when I wanted to come back and get my INR checked and I said in a week since I was on Prednisone, and that med is known to cause spikes in INRs. He the told me that either Friday or Monday would be okay and that Cindy would come back and schedule that appointment with me since the majority of my INR checks will be through her with him calling me later in the day, unless there’s a drastic out of range reading like we were getting last week. I told him how much I appreciated him stepping in Friday when the reading came back so low, and he said not a problem and that the appointment went exactly how he was hoping the set up would work. He’s hoping if the majority of my INR readings are with his nurse we can keep my insurance company from getting fussy later on down the line. He will still want to see me once a month to check in. He then explained that if I ever need to talk to him or if anything happens like it did on Friday then Cindy will come get him and He will either step in at that time or I can wait in the waiting room until he can see me. At least there is a concrete plan of action. That makes me feel more at ease.
Now let’s hoping a day or two longer and I can be done with Prednisone. It causes my usually stable with treatment BP to shoot up. This morning it was something like 144/92 and my pulse was 111. That’s with taking my daily dose of Lisinopril. So needless to say I can only do short treatments with Prednisone. Besides, it causes too many other issues if you stay on it long-term. Wonder drug that it is, it still does some pretty nasty things to a person’s body over time.
When Cindy came back to schedule we decided to do my next check on Friday because she is off next week and I would prefer to deal with her since she is most familiar with me and my issues. It gets old having to explain everything to new nurses, and doctors. So if I can continue dealing with primarily her and Dr. C this will cut down on my stress level as well. So I’ll head back to see her at 9am Friday to see if my INR is still behaving.
Coming up this week in the list of appointments:
- Tomorrow: Therapy….It’s going to be an interesting appointment. This is the first session I’ve had with her during a flare. Will be interesting to see how discussions go when we have an actual flare to discuss instead of the anticipation of one, or the aftereffects of one to discuss.
- Thursday: Ophthalmology appointment. Dr. B 6 month Follow up, plus a check to make sure Plaquenil isn’t building up in my Retinas.
- Friday: INR Check with Cindy.
Full week ahead still plus….all of the other life stuff that I need to accomplish. Yep folks, it’s going to be another busy one!