Wednesday, February 17, 2016

First post-surgery visit to cardiology

Yesterday I went for my first blood work since starting on Coumadin. When I got there, they gave me an EKG which showed nothing out of line.

Then they took the blood test for my INR (not sure what that stands for, but it has to do with how fast the blood clots). Mine was 2.9 and they told me it should stay between 2 and 3 so I accidentally did good the first week. I found an iPhone app where I can track my food to be sure I keep my Vitamin K intake consistent. I have given myself a daily goal of 20 micrograms of Vitamin K a day.

I go back next Thursday for a checkup on the pacemaker. They tell me they need to "interrogate" the pacemaker. Isn't that a silly phrase? I have an image of sitting on a wooden chair in the middle of the room with bright lights shining in my eyes while someone yells questions at my chest!

But anyway, my research on the Internet (which my cardiologist told me to stay away from) says that a new pacemaker almost always needs one or two adjustments at the beginning. I've been having jittery sensations in my chest and I hope an adjustment will quiet that down.

But all in all, I feel way better than I did two weeks ago. I'm tired but I guess that makes sense as I recuperate from having surgery.

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  1. So glad to hear you are healing well, keep it up and you will be out there in the world raring to go and good as new.

  2. Thank you so much. I hope you are right! This whole pacemaker/Afib thing is scary!