Hospitalized, again... Anyone take Coumadin?
It's been a CRAZY month -- Dad was in the hospital for four days, but came home fine. My parents then suddenly arranged to go to Vegas with us for 2 weeks and we had fun, but we also visited Urgent Care twice for him. We got back on a Saturday, he was hospitalized, again, on Monday... for seven days, a whole week!
The problem, like many seniors, is the complexity of medications they give you, each one doing a different job with different side effects. Yikes!
This last one-week stay, he was diagnosed with a blot clot in his neck. This is really rare - to get a blood clot in the neck or arms, without any trauma involved... but he has one anyhow.
He has taken blood thinning meds for 15 years now but STILL got the blood clot!
So the doctors put him on Coumadin... it's a blood thinning med that can be monitored in the blood (where others, including aspirin, cannot). He will do blood tests weekly for the 3 - 6 months he is on Coumadin.
Wait -- here is what happened:
They can't put IV's in the left arm as the blood clot is on that side. They "blew a vein" (whatever that really means) in the right arm... blood pooled under his arm forming a huge navy blue/purple bruise. That scared the doctors too. They stopped the coumadin for a few days, unsure what to do.
So they release him, back on coumadin, to be monitored with weekly blood work. They warn IF there is any blood (nose, mouth, urine, etc), call the doctor or go to Emergency.
What happens? Blood in the urine two days later... so frustrating.
So the vascular surgeon and the urologist have taken him back off Coumadin - for the second time.
We'll find out what happens next week... but just very curious to see if others have experienced the same with Coumadin?
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