At the start of 2012, I unfortunately had an unexplained fall whilst at home. My wife called for an ambulance and I was taken to hospital to be checked out.
After spending the night under their care, the doctor concluded that I had experienced a random blood clot and I would be prescribed Warfarin.
After being prescribed Warfarin, I was told this would increase my INR and my target range was between 2-3. I started on 8mg/day which was soon reduced to 6mg following an INR reading of 1.8. The dosage of warfarin was slowly reduced over the coming months and by the end of that year I was being checked weekly and the dosage was 5 mg.
Throughout 2013, the readings could be erratic, and it could be difficult to balance my Warfarin dosage to keep my INR within the target range. As the months went by my checks were moved to fortnightly and then monthly, with the dosage generally settling down to 6 mg per day.
Since the beginning of 2017, I now only have to attend the clinic on a three month basis.
I was introduced to the microINR Link Analyser in January 2021 and took it with me to my appointment in February. I had already tried it for myself, to familiarise myself with the procedure. It is very simple to operate. The nurse was both interested and intrigued. I now test myself fortnightly and find this very convenient.
The microINR is easy to use, once full training has been undertaken, the chip must be inserted the right way up and the blood sample must be presented to the chip as quickly as possible. The reader is quick to display the result. All in all, it is an excellent device.