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To infinity and beyond

Things are not looking too good. I checked my folder and there were two blood test results in it. On the 16th (when I came in) my INR was at 1. On the 19th it was 1.2. I can't go home til it's about 2.

Today they did a very late blood test. Again it took them ages until somone who hadn't tried before had a go. She got it first time and had enough in no time at all and it didn't hurt. WTF can't the rest be as good? She isn't in tomorrow so I'm going to potentially have to suffer some hamfisted sadist who insists on brutalising my hands.

Anyway. Today's result was 1.2. Right. No change then. I don't need emilydongray to tell me that at that rate I'm going to be singing xmas carols with the staff before I get out.

The really cute sister says apparently it can take a while to get going. Somehow I don't feel particulary reassured even if she is cute and sounds like she cares. I mean I've got to have an injection tonight and then a blood test tomorrow, both of which might hurt. And for what? For them to tell me I'm staying here another two days?

*sigh* I want to go home :(


Are you sure you've got to get it to 2.0? Being in a house with a nurse at the moment, we were discussing it, and a quick bit of reading on the internet shows it's probably a PT-INR test, which tests how long it takes for your blood to clot. The normal result for this is 1.0. Yours would probably be 1.2 at the moment because they've given you the blood thinning drugs, and I guess they'll want it to come back down to normal.

Of course, it could be 2.0 they're aiming for to make sure your blood doesn't clot so easily.
If I remember right, it was 1.0 when he got sent to hospital on wednesday, and has risen to 1.2, and they want it to be anywhere between 2 and 3 before they'll let him home :-/
Yup. They want my blood thinned so that the clot starts to break up by itself. Then I can go home and I'll just be on pills to maintain the value for the next n-months. Which also means regular blood tests to make sure I don't get too thinned too.

Kinda reassuring to know what INR means too. I was going to ask the sister but she was rushed off her feet trying to deal with other stuff as she remembered it and working well past her shift.