My Dr just suggested I do in home PT/INR testing. A local Lincare office will come out and train me. I would like insight from current self testers, trying to decide if I should proceed?
I have not used one on myself but I have used them in the home on patients. they are easy to use. It is much like the testing diabetics use. Be sure that you contact your insurance company to be sure it is a covered expense because many insurances dont cover them. Like I said, it is much the same as diabetic testing. you put a drop of blood on a strip which then gives you a reading. It is much more convenient than getting your blood drawn the traditional way at the lab. I have also used a device at a coumadin clinic I worked at briefly. Once you are trained, it is easy and quick. you get a readout right away and you notify your Dr to change your coumadin levels if needs be. It would be wonderful if you could get one. More insurance companies are beginning to cover them. It is definitely the way to go. Once you get used to it, you will wonder why you didnt do it sooner!!
I have had my home testing machine since the fall of 2005. I love it and wouldn't have it any other way. I can see the hospital from my house where I've had blood drawn, so it's not like a long drive to get there, but it gives you more freedom to just do it at home. And, I adjust the coumadin myself. I called a toll-free number for the machine and a nurse walked me through the set-up procedure over the phone. I'd definitely suggest getting one.
I have started testing at home. Lincare came out and showed me everything. I test every week on the same day. You call the INR into a 800 number. They will call in into your doctor office if you want them to. Medicare pays 80% and i pay the other 20, which is about $27.00 month. They supply all supplies.
I didn't like the lacets to pick finger, so I went to drug store and bought the one that is like a ball point pen. Good Luck.
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