About FatFran

I’m a northerner living in South East London.  I adore salt and pepper squid.  I’m terminally single and have a cat that I’m basically obsessed with.  Be warned, she may feature heavily.  Salt and pepper squid mustn’t feature heavily otherwise this blog is a big fat failure.  Please note: I do not like tomatoes.  I do not like tomato sauces, nor do I like dried fruit, be it dry or re-plumped.  Never, EVER suggest that I cook/eat these things as you will make me cry.

This is how I ended up doing this blog…The history.

6 thoughts on “About FatFran

  1. Hi
    Saw that you were in hospital with pulmonary blood clots. Ask them to test you for clotting disorders like Factor V Leiden and prothrombin gene mutation. We have both those in my family and they have caused DVTs, inc. pulmonary clots in several family members. I was tested at Kings College and found to have both of them

    Good luck.

    • Hi Catherine, thanks for this which I’ve only just seen. I know they tested me for some things although they can’t test for everything while I’m on the warfarin. We have no family history of clotting so seems that the most likely culprit is the Pill. You’ve reminded me that I must check to find out what the results were of the tests that they did do – thanks!

      • Hope you are feeling better. Apparently I inherited one disorder from each parent, with me ending up with both. My brother was tested after me, and then his son and daughter and they both have the same two disorders. My niece has been told to never go on the pill. My mother had what you had later in life. My Dad had a couple of DVTS probably due to frequent flying no doubt. They were never tested until I was. The promthrombin gene mutation is quite a new discovery apparently. Before I was diagnosed, when I was last on the pill, I started getting chest pains and pains in my legs. I called my GP and she said stop taking the pill, that was all. The pains subsided and I never took the pill again. I now have to take clexane when I fly or if I am immobile for any length of time. Thankfully I never had to go on warfarin as I never had any DVTS.

      • What happens with the clexane when you fly? If it’s a long flight, can you take syringes on board with you? My sister lives in Australia so this will be an issue at some point.

  2. I take enough pre-loaded syringes with me. I have been asked what they are and I explain and point to the description on the boxes, which says they are prescribed to me. Have flown to California many times with them in my hand luggage. I also use them when flying internally in the US, as anything over 4 hours of sitting down is considered immobile. Probably a good idea to get a letter from your GP stating what they are for, even though I never did! I would think airline staff are used to seeing syringes with diabetics.

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