They said it's common that after quitting cigarettes asthma can actually get worse! The surgeon General never warned anybody about that eh?
This all started yesterday actually, just wanted to make certain it's only asthma and not some other underlying condition, so I go to see the Dr. who immediately gave me blood tests last night asd told me to come back for more today.
At any rate, after a battery of tests, heart, blood, and a usb powered device I had to blow into, I thought we were all done.
On the way out we ask for the results of yesterdays blood test the nurses bring it up and start acting real odd, then they say they cant really say to much until I come back and talk to the doctor personally about the tests!
From what little information they did give they said it was related to my INR levels. I was freaking mortified, wtf are they? I've never even heard of this, and they are acting like I've got some life threatening condition going on!
So several hours to wait before I can see the doctor we go home and I search. Turns out it stands for international normalized ratio (INR) which are measures of the extrinsic pathway of coagulation. In other words, it's used to determine the clotting tendency of blood.
WTF blood clots? No way at my age, I thought. Octo's reaction was Now you cant eat veggies and instead they will replace them with Rat poison, literally!. It's called Warfarin and it was initially marketed as a pesticide against rats and mice and is still popular for this purpose! wiki Can you believe a pesticide is being used as a drug in humans?
So anyway after hours of sitting on pins and needles, reading and contemplating ways to thin the blood without pesticide, like aspirin, strawberrys, cinnamon , etc we went back for the third Dr. visit in two days, I had it planned out that I would tell the Dr no rat killer, I'm going to treat it naturally.
Upon arriving the Doctor said I'm not certain why they made you come back here, all your levels are fine. The INR test should not have even been given to me, it's a test for those already on the pesticide treatment, and people at risk, which I'm not.
My blood was a bit thick due to a weekend of beer drinking, and simple dehydration, it's unbelievably warm here, 85 F + 90% + humidity and nobody has air conditioners, there was no real problem at all, but due to a test I should never have been given in the first place, I was made to worry my ass off for half the damn day!
This kind of thing is no big deal, with a car mechanic or something, but when it comes to personal health, it sucks to be worried over a mistake on their part. They could have at least offered me a complementary Xanax for the evening.
On the upside, according to the Russian doctor I'm in the shape of a "young, healthy man" and have nothing to worry about. Bring on the beer!