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Aloha Bridget,

My DH had a stroke 2/27/06 and has been on coumadin since then. He gets a blood test evry Wednesday and on Friday Dr. Beth calls to let me know if his dosage needs to be changed. Sometimes he goes weeks with no change and sometimes it changes every time. A little bit more of some particular food can make a difference.He has had no problem with bruising so I don't have any idea what could be causing that in your Mom. My DH is 70. Ask your Mom's doctor about that. I was told that we should NEVER adjust Dick's dosage without doctors orders. When you pick up the prescriptions they give you a 2 page list of all the effects the medication has or can cause. Read it carefully. You can always call the pharmacy or any hospital pharmacy and ask those type questions too. When Dick first started on all his medications I called 3 places about all of them to see if I got the same answers. We knew nothing about medications before his stroke so it was a new, and scary, area for us. I have always been one who bruises easily (they used to always say,"Don't even look at Judi hard or she'll bruise." I find that as I get older I no longer get regular bruises. If I get a scrap or bump myself or scratch a bite I get something that looks like a blood blister instead of a bruise. Sometimes they last for days but they eventually go away. As I've aged my skin seems to get thinner and more like parchment paper.....guess that's normal. That could be your Mom's problem. Anyway, ask the doctor or a pharmacist. Dick will have to take coumadin for the rest of his life and has to wear a MedicAlert tag so if he ever gets hurt they will know he takes it. It's pretty scary as we have to be so careful that he not get any cuts or bangs. He could bleed to death, externally or internally. It was REAL scary when he had to have a tooth filled a few weeks ago. But the doctor and the dentist went through all the "whatevers" and were prepared for anything that might come up. Luckily it went nice and smooth. Good luck. You're doing a wonderful job with your Mom. Judi
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