We had a heart thumping scare on Tuesday (day before yesterday)! Joe’s INR blood test was pretty high. Quite high in fact.
The first test done by the Home Health nurse gave a reading of 5.0! Joe’s range is supposed to be are 2.0 to 2.1. The nurse ran a second test and it was still way too high at 3.8.
Time to get salads and other vegetables back in his diet. I’ve held him way back on them because of the high amounts of Vitamin K in them. This is a tricky business finding the right mix of foods. The meals I have been making for him have been too low in Vitamin K and have caused his blood to thin down to a really scary range.
Blood thinned to an INR of 4.0 and higher can be dangerous. All Joe needs do is bump his head fairly hard, as he often does under our work trailer. Hard enough to put a goose egg on his head. That goose egg can lead to a brain bleed and I can loose him. So this is serious and I have to figure out how to get that number down without it going down too far.
The really creepy thing about his higher INR number is his eyes. They really look bad, awful in fact. So bad that I had to take pictures of them and text them to our daughter, Loreli – the ICU trauma nurse – about 7:30 pm Tuesday night to see if I needed to get Joe to the hospital.
Joe had his follow up doctor visit yesterday morning and has been cleared to go back to work. The doctor looked at Joe’s eyes and said that is the Coumadin. The high INR reading from the Coumadin (Warfarin) in his system is what is causing his eyes to look that bad.
Maureen, my friend from Texas asked if I had a pedometer app on my iPhone. I have a Nike one but I can’t figure out how to work it. The iPhone App is called “Pedometer” and I took the FREE one. Never know which app works and which doesn’t so I don’t like to pay for something that won’t work for me.
I’ve been averaging a mile to nearly a mile and a half around our neighborhood. Joe and I start off slow at his pace. When he is headed to the house I leave him at the driveway and continue on at a faster pace.
So far, I like the app. I don’t know what all it does other than keep track of how far I walk. I haven’t figured out how to set the heartbeat….mostly because I can’t figure out how to find my heartbeat 😦 Every time I think I have it I lose it. Only time I can find it is when my heart is beating hard and fast. So I don’t know if the app needs a resting heart rate or a fast heart rate.
Yep, I am one smart cookie 😦
My boom is coming off the trailer later today. Take some unnecessary weight off our trailer since we won’t be taking four trucks any longer. Probably not until next year – literally.
In the meantime I’m working on a scrapbook for one of our daughters. I have to have it finished, as much as I can, before we leave home so I can give it to her in Orlando, Florida.
We are supposed to be getting a portable blood checking machine before we leave so I will be reporting Joe’s progress in keeping his INR down to 2.0 and 2.1 while we are on the road. This should prove to be exciting!
Have a fantastic day – we will be because Joe is on his way back to work.