I’m 11 years old now but I first had to go on warfarin 5 years ago and I’ve been self-monitoring from the start.
My local healthcare trust did not want to do INR finger prick tests on children so I was advised to self-monitor by a healthcare professional. The CoaguChek monitor was donated through the Bristol Children’s Hospital and I get my strips on prescription from my GP.
A nurse demonstrated how to use the equipment and gave me support and advice on self-monitoring. It’s quick and easy and I can do it as and when I want to, in the comfort of my own home.
If you need to test your INR, do it! Self-testing really is easy to do and there is lots of support available.