The stroke was caused by a blood clot. So I was put on Coumadin(Warfarin) for 6 months. I have learned that this is standard after a blood clot is discovered. You have to take Coumadin(a blood thinner) for 6 months. Coumadin does not dissolve a clot, it prevents one from forming. If you already have a blood clot you have to wait for it to go away. And it will generally. Blood clots are usually reabsorbed by the body after a while. During those 6 months, when I was still on Coumadin, a member of my medical staff said to me “you know that’s rat poison right?” Coumadin was originally marketed as a rat poison but when used in the right dosage it’s an effective blood thinner for humans to take. I wouldn’t want to take it long term but it was effective when I needed it. Note to medical personnel – DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT TELL YOUR PATIENT THAT THE MEDICATION THEY ARE TAKING IS POISON!! Even if you have a great relationship with this patient, DO NOT say something like that. I couldn’t believe he said that to me. Well I was able to stop the Coumadin after 6 months and now I just take one baby aspirin a day to try and prevent another blood clot. That’s it! Don’t start taking aspirin without talking to your doctor. There’s a lot of stuff you might be prescribed after a stroke – this is what I had/have to do.
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