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Unread 11-20-2011, 11:05 AM
anti blood clot injections

Was wondering what you other princesses either had, or been told you are having.
I was told my my consultant/surgeon that I need them for 4 weeks after coming home. We have a local hospital, even though I am having surgery an hour away, and last Monday evening I had to go to our local one for injection, prior to my originally scheduled surgery Tues (which got cancelled later that day). I was told by him to get the nurses in the hosp I am having surgery in to show me or my fiance how to administer them, as I will need to carry them on ourselves 4 weeks after coming home.. Due to go up there again for another as 2nd time lucky back in for my surgery this Tues morning coming.

Was strange as the lady due in before mine last Tues, was an elderly lady, who's cancer had spread alot further than mine supposedly has, and was having alot more done than me.. She was having total hyster plus bowel work done. We are both under the same cons/surgeon, and both had to go to our local hosp the night before to get the jab (we are both in the same area), but she was told she had to go up to the local one each day for the 4 weeks after for hers. Neither of us could understand this. For us the hosp is 5 mins drive away, for her about 15, and she would have been in no position I wouldnt have thought to traipse up there each day. Its a good 10 minute walk just from parking the car to the ward they do them in.. So how comes I was told we can do ours at home. She said she would have much preferred this and both her and her hubby were quite capable of doing so.
Anyhoo - waffling as usual but how was yours all done and for how long after? Was yours at home, or did you have to go to hosp each day?
If you did it yourself how did you find it? Am a bit squeamish so my dear fiance has been told he will have the job

p.s am in uk if that makes any difference
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Unread 11-20-2011, 01:46 PM
Re: anti blood clot injections

I will have injections while in the hospital until oral meds, Coumadin, is what is called 'theraputic'. This takes 5-7 days. I will not need injections with these pills that I currently take because of a genetic clotting issue. Are these oral meds available in the UK? If so, this might be something to discuss. I was given injections at home before a previous surgery. They last about 12 hours and must be given in the stomach. My husband was taught how to inject me. Still I only took shots for a few days until the oral meds were safe again.
Unread 11-20-2011, 07:04 PM
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I am 8 weeks post op, I had all my injections in the Hospital. I was in the Hospital for 4 days, and for three of those days I received the shots every 12 hours until i went home.
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Unread 11-20-2011, 07:17 PM
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I'm taking the shots at home, twice a day and need to do so for 36 days post surgery. They aren't that hard to do, but sting a bit for a few minutes after the injection.

If you haven't done injections before, the nurses will show you before you leave the hospital. As for different protocols for different patients, I'm not sure how laws are over in the UK, but it is possible that there are laws preventing the medical staff from allowing the other woman to do the treatments at home.
Unread 11-20-2011, 07:59 PM
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I'm having Clexane injections, one per night for 21 days post op (only 7 to go!! yay!). While ideally they should go in the tummy, I find tummy injections hurt me more than elsewhere and I also have previously had absorption issues there (I've been a type 1 diabetic since 1969, aged 4, so am very familiar with injections, sites etc). I give mine in the thigh, which works fine. The bottom is another potential location.

I find the injections sting a little for 10-15 mins after injection, but otherwise no issues at all. Oh, and I'm in Australia.

Unread 11-20-2011, 08:17 PM
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I was injected all 4 days i was in the hosp and was sent home to do them for 4wks. I have a history of blood clots after surgery and they don't know why. As for the elderly lady she needs to be monitored, her hand might not be as steady as yours. She might not have a family membere who can help her. I am now 6wks post op in two days and don't do any injection and don't take any meds for the blood clots. I thought i should be on some medication because i will no longer have my monthly visitor and when i was with child i would get blood clots because i couldn't pass them due to not having my monthly visitor. I will talk to my doctor next week about this. You will do well give the injections in your tummy, hold some of your meaty tummy inject and you wont feel any thing but a little sting and you done. Don't rub the site you injected. God Bless you and look forward to hearing from you after your surgery.

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