Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Still driving

We did get yesterday and the weekend off, so I'm sure I don't have a reason to complain, but there are only so many routes you can take to get to Peoria. We've conquered them all within the last week.
Olivia's numbers are still our of whack. Her INR on our home machine yesterday was 4.3, which was a little high. So, we held her coumadin and were going to redraw this morning. I couldn't get a reading because she wasn't bleeding well enough to get a sample. Then I ran out of testing strips, so the girls and I loaded up and headed to Peoria for labs. They got an INR of 1.7. Too low. Now we are at the other end of the spectrum. So, back to giving the coumadin and we'll head to Peoria tomorrow.
The bright side to all of this? We are going to the pediatrician's office before we go to Peoria because the adult doctor in her office has a Protime machine. If he can get an accurate reading, it may save us some trips to Peoria.
Also, because we have been coming to the Peoria lab so often they have given us a "series account" so we get to bypass the admitting/registration part and go straight to the lab. This cuts out anywhere from 15-45 minutes depending on the day. That's a definite bonus.
Luckily, the girls are good travellers and with any luck we'll have her back on track in no time!