I'm betting you've already talked to your doc, given that he's recommended that you stop shaving with a blade. In the end, the decision is ultimately yours. You are the one who knows how often you nicked yourself before your hospitalization, and now you've heard from both sides of the shaving on blood thinners fence. The variable to consider here is the dosage
We can't really help you on this one, because that dosage variable is different for everyone else. It's kinda like finding the blade that works best for you...what works for me in my razor won't necessarily work as well for you. If you are on a relatively low dose of coumadin, wet shaving's not that big a deal like it is for dwestenk. However, if you are starting on a large dose that's hopefully going to be tapering down, it might have much more dramatic consequences like adamk222's dad or Sue's husband. If that's the case, it may make more sense to hang up the Merkur (hopefully only temporarily).
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