09-02-2012, 01:05 PM
  • Codfish
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I spent most of last week in Hartford Hospital—ordered there by my doctor for weakness and suspected internal bleeding. On the third and fourth day there, I had a chance to use the shave kit they provided. What follows is a review of the shave kit, and more importantly, something I learned that I’d like to pass on to readers.

The Kit

The hospital’s shave kit included a Bic disposable single-blade razor and a .125 oz. packet of Dawn Mist shave cream, a brushless and non-lathering product of Malaysia. Although I had brought my R41 along, the danger of additional uncontrolled blood loss warranted against its use.

The Shaves

The shave cream seemed very close in texture and scent to the liquid hand soap in my bathroom at home. The fragrance was a mild combination of cocoanut and menthol. I applied it to my still-wet beard after washing my face. It was non-greasy and the 1/8 oz. pack was just enough to cover completely.

I have not used a disposable razor in many years, and found I had to re-learn to use one. Zero pressure did not work, especially given the initial three-day growth. I actually had to apply enough pressure to bend the plastic handle at times. But the light razor and light soap worked well together, and after a two-pass effort, I managed an SAS condition without blood loss. I have used the combination a total of three times so far with similar results. All-in-all, the kit was adequate for the circumstances and my risk of blood loss was minimal.

The Lesson

My four days in the hospital followed a two-week vacation in Maine, which was a wonderful experience except for the sinus headache I developed shortly after getting there. Being several hours from home, I managed my symptoms with Claritin-D and Aleve. When the sinus condition showed signs of infection, I drew from a relative’s prescription of Amoxicillin, which I had always been able to tolerate in the past.

What I did not know, and what a doctor would have advised, was that the self-administered meds would not be compatible with a blood thinner I had been prescribed, and that the combination would quickly lead to ulcers and blood so thin I would begin to spontaneously “bleed out”.

I was released yesterday after receiving transfusions of eight units of blood and plasma, antidotes and treatments to stop the damage that had been done. I will need a series of follow-up visits to assess my progress and to determine if surgical intervention is also needed.

I learned that no matter how inconvenient, the warnings to “check with your doctor” have real meaning.

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 09-02-2012, 01:18 PM
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Sorry to hear about this situation. I'm fortunate enough to have a couple friends that are pharmacists. I'd honestly call either of them before calling my doctor to find out about any possible interactions. Godspeed in the rest of your recovery.

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 09-02-2012, 01:20 PM
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First and foremost is the fact that you need to take very good care of yourself and have a speedy recovery. The razor setup you received in the hospital is standard fare and certainly not meant to give you a BBS. There only concern is that what they gave you is sterile.

I wish you good health.

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 09-02-2012, 01:48 PM
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A neti pot is a great thing to have and use when you have a sinus infection. I use mine when I have sinus infections, head colds, allergies, etc.
All you're doing with it is flushing out your sinuses with a saline solution. You need to use bottled/boiled/distilled(no chlorine) water with the saline/baking soda packets that come with it.

Sorry to hear of your troubles.
My wife bought some disposable sensitive skin, store brand razors.
Presumably ASR. She never used many of them. I tried one and all it did was push the lather around face.

As awesome as the R41 is, perhaps you would do well to get a Merkur or Gillette adjustable DE. It would be a great "just in case" razor.

Remember, a bar of Ivory soap works well for brushless shaving. Just rub it all over your face until you have a nice thick slick layer of it on your face and shave away. I shave with Ivory and an Atra in the shower, when I'm in a hurry.

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 09-02-2012, 04:51 PM
  • matloffm
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I am glad your well and truly empathize with you. I had a bleeding ulcer and "only" needed 2 pints. This is scary stuff. Sad

As for the shave, I would wait until I got home.

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 09-02-2012, 04:58 PM
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Jim get well soon!

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 09-02-2012, 08:22 PM
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Thanks for sharing and i hope you are feeling better.

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 09-02-2012, 09:18 PM
  • Shanman
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Ooh, Penicilin and Coumadin is a no no. Wish you a speedy recovery!

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 09-02-2012, 09:41 PM
  • Johnny
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Jim, sorry to hear/read about your medical troubles. First and foremost, do what the doctors say, take care of yourself, and know we are thinking about you.

I would recommend a visit to eBay and buy yourself a nice little Schick Injector. I've had the experience to say they make great hospital razors, and two passes and your done.

And, with all that is going on, thanks for thinking about us and doing the hospital shave review.

All the best,


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 09-03-2012, 07:16 PM
  • freddy
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Glad you pulled through. Stay well.

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