INR frustrations

Since the heart valve surgery, Barry has had to keep track blood clotting factor. Along with that comes dietary restrictions and a lot of trips to a local lab. Since the stroke, he has really had to keep a close watch over it. We are following the diet to a ‘T’ and his see-saws every week. He now has the machine to do home testing, but the test strips do not work half the time and he ends up at the lab anyhow. He hates sticking himself, but it would be so convenient if it worked well.

I know the machine is new and bugs need to be worked out. It is just so frustrating for him, when he doesn’t need to get frustrated. I try to be supportive when I’d love to smash the silly machine against the wall. I do my best to keep my on/off switch in the off position…..