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Brain Bruised: Clinics and Apparel

Well, my usual finisher/completer approach to life seems to have gone for a little holiday (without me, obviously… see previous post!) and I’ve several half-written posts on things I keep meaning to tell you.  I’ll try to finish a couple and drip feed them over the next few days.

Post-stroke wise, this week sees a warfarin review on Wednesday, and the Stroke Clinic (aka the Elderly Medicine Acute appointment) on Friday.  On Wednesday we’re hoping the warfarin has started doing its thing, and that my INR is up to at least 2.0, so I can stop with the Clexane jabs every day.  If it’s not, I might have a chat about alternative options instead of keeping going with it.  On Friday I don’t really know what happens. I believe I meet the consultant I never met in Hospital Number 3; I hear I also meet with a stroke nurse.  I’ve heard other things too but I think I’ve seen them off already.  I’ve started compiling a list of questions to ask them. If you think of anything I may have missed off the list, please let me know!

As an aside, you may remember I got a t-shirt and a bag printed purely for my own amusement.  My friend Rachel, who had a TIA a few years ago, asked if she was qualified to get the same t-shirt.  So I’ve set it up so that she (and anyone else who’d like one) can indeed get one.  (I don’t suppose you really need to ever have bruised your brain to wear one but… I’ll put some less specific things up in due course).  Anyway, the net result is a few ‘Brain Bruised’ items at http://brainbruised.spreadshirt.co.uk/:



Each item is marked up by £2.10 on cost: if anyone buys anything between now and Christmas, when I’ll probably take it down, I’ll pass on any £2.10’s received to a charity called Different Strokes.

Of course, the real question is, dare I put the ‘stroked out’ ladies t-shirt up? I commented before that the positioning of that particular phrase may be, um, interesting, on a woman.  My cousin Abby (who makes great stuff here) pointed out it would be even more interesting on an 80 year old woman.   Who probably wouldn’t realize where the text was going to land at time of purchase.  Yes, our particular take on life appears to be utterly genetic, even across the oceans.

A reminder of the mock up of “Stroked Out”… Shall I put it up? What do you think?!


stroked out


Brain Bruisers

The t-shirt and bag arrived today:


In other news, on the one month anniversary of all this… I discovered this morning that MRIs and Clexane were both introduced in the mid-1980’s.  So, I suppose if this had happened before then, I’d probably not be here by now.   Ho hum.  I probably ought to write a thank you note to whoever invented them.



Chocolate, Brains and T-Shirts

Yippee.  You couldn’t make this up. “Dark Chocolate Compound Could Protect Against Stroke Brain Injury.”  Oh yes, you may call me a bearer of glad tidings! Has there ever been a better excuse to go and buy several bars of Montezuma’s Chilli & Lime?


I threatened a while ago to design some t-shirts to cheer myself up.  One t-shirt and one bag are on their way.  Putting them together made me smile.  We shall see how they turn out in real life, but on screen they look like this:

not just a blogger...?

Oh, and if everything looks different to you today,  you’re not going mad: I fiddled with the look of the blog yesterday.  What???  Yes, I really do have too much time on my hands. Remember?!

the way it used to be...

I know I’ve been cheating for the last couple of days by using photos instead of words.  It’s probably more interesting for you, and it’s been a nice break from thinking for me, so thanks for the indulgence.

I had another INR (blood) test this morning, to see if the warfarin is doing its thing yet.  If it is then I can ditch the Clexane jabs (again) and see if we can keep my INR stable in its target range. If not, we keep going with the jabs too until it comes up enough.

What happened?  I’ll tell you all about it later.

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