Welcome to this edition of Warfarin Wednesday. It contains information that will help you can keep your blood within your target INR range.
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My Trip to the Dentist Turned into the Perfect Storm
Don’t let this happen to you. On my last trip to the dentist, I created a perfect storm that caused my INR to spike up to 7.9, then drop to 1.4 before going back into range. Talk to your doctor before you go to the dentist and check your INR after. My perfect storm resulted from: • Taking 2000 units …
I couldn't resist sharing this Wikimedia image that was found on a wood engraving carved in 1893. It is proof positive that the dentist's chair is truly infamous. If you can't read the words from the original wood engraving, don't worry, you can view them below. (The image was cropped to zoom in.)
Weird machine of strange design, I must yield to thine embrace;
Unto thee mist I resign All my fortunes for a space.
Upwards, helplessly I glide, Backwards now my head is reeling;
And I’m told to “open wide,” While I’m gazing at the ceiling.
Frantically thine arms I seize, Unknown horrors I await;
Thou art heedless of my squeeze, Thou art careless of my fate.
More of this I can’t endure.
All my pain and anguish’s vanished
Thou hast worked a perfect cure, Thanks to Thee, my toothache’s banished.
Stretch me rather on the rack.
Throw me in a lion’s lair;
Not again will I lie In the gruesome Dentist’s Chair.
Reference: Wellcome Library, London, An anxious patient in a dentist's chair. Wood engraving after CTW, 1983. Wikimedia Commons CC BY 4.0.
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