I’d been on warfarin some 13 years when a holiday in Cornwall a couple of years ago changed everything. My INR levels were misbehaving and I had to visit a local clinic 4 times in 1 week! It bought home how difficult this would have been if we’d been abroad. I was retired, we were starting to travel more and my husband had been badgering me for some time to get my own testing kit – so this was the deciding moment.
My GP surgery was great. The health worker responsible for warfarin testing there used CoaguCheck and she let me do a test in front of her so I knew I was doing it right. Plus they agreed to supply the strips on prescription. I bought my CoaguCheck direct from Roche, it was cheaper than the online retailers and I didn’t have to pay VAT! I found the manual essential and I did need to ring the helpline once.
All I can say is do it! (if your healthcare professional agrees). It’s so convenient and time saving and it gives you such freedom, as well as confidence as you start to understand your test results better.