Yes. Well the, yes, the doctor in the hospital made an appointment for me, said I needed to go and see the GP in a couple of days and probably to get my INR tested and start me on the Warfarin. I think that was the idea and find out… she said, “And speak to them about whether can breastfeed on warfarin.”
We are very lucky we do have a very, very good GP practice actually. It’s a rural practice. It’s just outside [town]. And the GP I saw, she was brilliant actually. I know she’s got young children of her own. So I don’t know whether that helped in just me feeling I could relate to her a bit. But she was very sympathetic and she really… She was much less alarming than I found the doctor in the hospital. I found the doctor in the hospital scared me quite a lot. Which I knew it was a serious condition, so I didn’t really need any more scaring. And of course I said to her. She sort of said, “How are you? I’m going now. Are there any further questions?” And she, I said, “Actually can you tell me how big the clot is?” And so she went to get my notes, and had a look, and she said, “Look it is big. I don’t mince my words with my patients. This is very serious. It’s a very… I’ve seen bigger clots, but it’s a big clot.”
So I found her quite alarming. I found the GP much more comforting and reassuring to be honest. And like I said it’s a very good practice. You can get appointments in a day, you know, if you need it. So we’re very, very lucky and I know a lot of people don’t have that.
But I didn’t see her very much. It was mainly my appointments were with the nurse. Just to go and get my bloods done and check the INR. So I didn’t see a doctor very often.
Initially I was going every few days. Then it was weekly. It was weekly for a long time, until it went to may be fortnightly. Because my INR levels kept changing all the time. They were, they weren’t very stable.
And do you feel like you saw enough of the doctors? Did you get enough medical support?
I suppose so. Because I had my post natal check as well around the time and I asked questions then. I saw one of the different GP’s. There’s a couple of female GP’s and I did make an appointment further down the line because I wanted to understand how warfarin worked. Not in the minute detail, but I remember being told in hospital you’ll be on it for three to six months and I thought, well how do they know if the clots cleared. You know, how can they say three months, or six months, how will they know how it’s progressing.
So I made an appointment to talk about it, and what I came to understand was, that it’s not about the clot you’ve had it’s about the risk of future clots. So the clot you’ve had, the fast acting anticoagulant has stopped that, and your body was clearing it. It’s really being on it so that, to reduce or minimise the risk of any further clot. So because they feel my clot was down to pregnancy I was low risk to have another clot probably, once the hormone levels had settled down.
Was it the GP that ultimately found out for you?
She, bless her, she was very good. She spoke to a pharmacist for me, and she also spoke to a paediatrician for me as well. And the health visitors located, they had a book about… Mother’s Milk and Medicine or something it was called like that, but basically breast feeding and medication. So they located to that and looked in it for me as well. So lucky they both came up to me with the same