15 November 2010

QotD: Are blood thinners poison for vampires?

This month I've decided to post every day. Since I don't have enough original things to write about (hence the desertish nature of my blog lately), I've decided to ask a new question every day this month and hope that I get answers. I have questions; you have answers.

It won't come as a surprise to most of you that blood thinners are on my mind of late -- specifically warfarin or Coumadin (yes, I'm talking rat poison). That's because I had a new deep vein thrombosis (i.e., blood clot in a leg vein) last month. Yay? A second DVT (even though I did not have a bonus pulmonary embolus, like the last time) basically gets me life-long blood thinners. It wouldn't be so annoying if it were easy to keep my blood just thin enough without being too thin. This is not an uncommon problem, and I've been on the physician side of it many a time. Everything interacts with warfarin, including two of my favorite foods (broccoli and cranberries). I can't take NSAIDs on a daily basis anymore, which is annoying because I continue to have moderate back pain pretty much all the time.

And so, blood thinners being on my mind, I wonder what effect blood thinners might have on vampires. Do they make sucking the blood out all the much easier and so are considered a good thing? Are they poison (like garlic) for a vampire? Do you think a vampire could tell that I'm taking warfarin? I can't decide whether to sleep with a wooden stake next to my bed, or not.


Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

At the very least you'd leave a bad taste in their mouth.

Dr. Phil

Herman X said...

Uh, I don't know much about vampires but instead of sleeping with a stake by your bed, what would happen if you slept with a steak by your bed? Would that ward off vampires, or cause other issues?

Douglas said...

Having been on warfarin my own self, I know that I was less attractive to mosquitoes. Perhaps it is the same for vampires. Furthermore, the entire time I was on warfarin, I was not once attacked by a vampire. So, there is that too.