This is a rather frivolous post but it is that time of year. I have modified a couple of well-known carols to bring some Christmas cheer to those of you on anticoagulants.
The pregnant women’s Christmas lament
A Christmas carol to all those pregnant women having to inject themselves with low-molecular-weight heparin during the Christmas period.
To the tune of O little town of Bethlehem
O little vial of heparin
How much you make me cry
When jabbed into my tender flesh
I wish that I could die
But in my deep veins hiding
Within my leg so sore
The heparin does enter in
And make my clot no more
Stop the clots, keep moving.
At Christmas it is tempting to sit around and do nothing much, but keeping active is important to prevent blood clots. This carol reminds us of the problems that can arise from sitting all night on a cold hillside.
To the tune of While shepherds watched
While shepherds got their clots by night,
all seated on the ground.
The symptoms cried out, DVT,
confirmed on ultrasound.
Fear not, said Doc, for mighty dread
Had ceased their troubled minds,
There must be treatment to deploy,
I’ll see what I can find.
An oral agent would be best,
I think I have a plan,
Pradaxa would dissolve the clot,
or a drug that ends with ..ban*.
O glory be, the shepherds cried,
why did these clots arise?
Too much sitting on the ground,
Get up and exercise.
To stop the clots from coming back
jump up and have a ball.
Move your legs and hydrate well.
Merry Christmas one and all.
- No sponsorship was received from the manufacturers of dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban or apixaban for the development of this composition (not surprising really).
Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year from