Friday, January 15, 2010

Being Selective?

One of the joys of being on warfarin as a result of the deep vein thrombosis I had sucked out of my leg last week is having to find out what foods and drugs interact with the pills. For example, I should really avoid leafy greens because they are high in vitamin K and this actually makes the blood more likely to coagulate, which is not what I want at the moment.

As a lover of beer, obviously I have been very keen to learn about how alcohol reacts with warfarin, which is also used as rat poison! Hopefully I won't be on this stuff for life, but in the event that I am, then I need to find a consistent sensible approach to getting my beer fix. If I am on it for the duration, then one thing is perfectly clear, the days of getting shedded are well and truly over, which I don't really mind that much because I find that boozing until I fall over is no longer "a great night", not to mention that I hate having a hangover and I worry a bit about the effects of popping ibuprofen regularly on my liver.

According to several websites I have read, once I finish injecting myself with Lovenox and am just on the pills I should be able to have a couple of drinks a day, just a quick aside whoever came up with the idea that paying through the nose to give myself injections is a prat.

If then the days of unlimited boozing are over, and I am restrained to only 2-3 beers a day, and don't forget that consistency is important with Warfarin, I guess I will have to become more selective in the beers I drink after all why waste one of my drinks on something crappy? I actually think this will make my homebrewing more important, because I know what I am getting, and I know that I like it!

The question then becomes, how do I know what it good and what is not from the brands I don't know yet?

1 comment:

  1. It can help if you resign yourself to leaving or throwing away beers if you're not enjoying them. It can be hard -- "That cost me £5!" -- but sometimes, after a few mouthfuls, you know a beer doesn't taste good enough to warrant the alcohol it contains.

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