also as a precaution, you can get a cheapo medic alert bracelet at walmart, it pops open and you can just write something short in there like "Coumadin". I used a label maker for mine and tossed in my INR 2-3 rating. Just a precaution in case of accident, you pass out, can't speak and are hurt, all that jazz. Think mine cost like 5 bucks. No big whoop.
Hey ya never know right?
Most of your life post-op will revolve around the INR, testing, adjusting the meds, etc. Well, I should say "most of your concerns in regards to the surgery". Once your INR pops up near the 3 range he'll want to lower it down. Least that's what happened with me but everyone is different, big time. I believe he wants that spike to get a good roto rooter on it before settling back down into the mid 2 range. (Just my opinion). Getting an order for a lab to do the testing will be the first order of priority there in your first week. This I set up ahead of time so it was no problem. I made one Dr. visit post-op, got the order, took it to the lab which is offsite, they get the standing order and voila, I just pop in there at my leisure, however many times I want. They fax the results to the Dr. but I also made surethey put Alex's fax number on there so she gets a copy too, this will go into your record. Then I confer with the doc's asst on the phone to get the results, we chit chat about the dosage, then I call or email Alex to let her know what dosage I'm going to.
It's only for a couple months, but if was for long period of time, I would DEFINITELY want the home tester and adjust the meds myself.
Don't be surprised if your INR swings up and down for the first couple weeks. Perfectly normal. Mine didnt even get into the 2-3 range til like 2 weeks post op.
And to think, besides my nagging background MS, the only medical stuff I dealt with was taking 2 advils if I got a headache, maybe every 3 months or so.
Gonna drive this sucker til the wheels fall off....