John’s Story

“In a word: freedom. I can test anywhere, at any time, including abroad.”

John suffered an embolism 25 years ago and has been on warfarin ever since to help control his blood’s coagulation. After years of 16-mile round trips and long waits for INR blood tests, John discovered CoaguChek® XS.

“In 1985 I was actually on stage giving a lecture when I felt immense pain and collapsed. Ten days later I woke up in a hospital and was told that I had suffered an embolism to the right kidney. This resulted in a near total loss of that organ. I have been on warfarin ever since.

It is important to remain within the stable range when you are taking warfarin. If your blood were too thick there would be a danger of another clot. If it is too thin, then there is danger of a bleed.

You find that when you have been on the drug for a certain period of time, you learn that it is affected by changes in diet, sleep patterns and even alcohol intake. It is extremely important to keep an eye on it.

I had to go to the clinic several times a week before I started self-testing. It was a sixteen mile roundtrip to the hospital and I usually had to wait over two-hours for a test. On occasions the clinic was closed, although I was there at the appointed time; the result of which was I couldn’t be tested that day.

Self-testing changes your life. If I had to be sum it up in one word, it would be ‘freedom’. The test can be taken anywhere, at any time. I travel abroad a lot and always have done. Before, it was quite a headache to get my tests done overseas. I would have to be tested just before I went to make sure that the healthcare professional was happy for me not to be tested again until I returned. Now that I self-test I have the device with me at all times, meaning I can test anywhere in the world at my leisure.

In my particular case, I forward the result via text, phone, or e-mail to the healthcare professional who doses me accordingly. It makes no difference if I’m two or two thousand miles away.

I think more patients should self-test their INR levels. It encourages confidence and capabilities. I’m a prime example as it has made me more health aware. It has made me want to get fit, keep fit, and of course I now know the exact situation of my INR at any time of the day, if I need to.

All in all, I look back and I can’t believe I endured what I did. But of course, you know no different at the time. If there is any hiccup in my general health, whether it’s the common cold, alcohol intake or a change of diet I am on the ball, so to speak. I can take the test. I know exactly what is going on inside this body of mine that hopefully is going to last an awfully long time.”

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