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    [QUOTE=jmercer;1744206]I think it is better to stay with what has worked for you. You know you have to be extra careful now, so. Changing mid stream increases chances of error.

    I'd go for caution and get some bleed stop on board though.

    Has anyone ever seen a "Do you use a straight razor?" on any medical questionnaire?[/QUOTE]


    uhhh, no to that question.
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    [QUOTE=rolodave;1744210]
    Quote Originally Posted by jmercer View Post
    I think it is better to stay with what has worked for you. You know you have to be extra careful now, so. Changing mid stream increases chances of error.

    I'd go for caution and get some bleed stop on board though.

    Has anyone ever seen a "Do you use a straight razor?" on any medical questionnaire?[/QUOTE]


    uhhh, no to that question.
    Only on questionnaires evaluating the person's mental health .......... ............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deeter View Post
    As a medical professional, I say listen to your doctor. Give your stent time to settle in. It's not forever. I wouldn't stoop to an electric, but a DE for a few weeks might be a good idea. The best to you my friend.
    A DE can cause cuts just the same, I have the scars to prove it!
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    I came to straights via safety razors. I developed my skill with lathering and paying attention to angle with them; I could get a nice clean, irritation and nick free shave every time. Two years ago I switched to straights and I rarely even get a weeper now. 6 or so months ago I gave my safety razor a whirl just to remember what it was like, and my neck looked like I was trying wet shaving for the first time! Stick with what you're used to and buy a styptic pencil. Blood thinners slow clotting; pressure will still close the same wound, but it will take longer to clot. Unless you slit your throat, the odds of you making such a serious cut that you could bleed to death are basically nil.
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    After I got my stents I was on Plavix (anti -coagulant),blood pressure meds and baby aspirin regimen.

    Prior to the stents any cut I got would clot and stop within a minute or two.Unless of course it was a deep gash of some kind.But even those would stop quickly if bandaided.

    Once I got the stents any little cut I got would take quite a long time to stop and I would gush blood like water was running out of the cut.I would bleed from paper cuts where that never happened before. Most times the only way I could get the bleeder to stop was extreme pressure behind the cut and even then could take as much as an hour before it would.

    Now years later that I'm off the Plavix and aspirin regimen I'm almost back to pre-stent days.

    A few months time being on the meds doesn't do anything as far your body acclimating itself to the bleeding situation. Anyone who's telling you that has no idea what they're saying.
    Only coming off the meds does.As long as you're on them you will bleed.I know.Been there done that.
    Your Dr will not want you to come off the Plavix for at least 1-1/2 years and rightfully so. You want to give your stents every damn chance of acclimating without clotting up or collapsing.
    They are not removable other than a bypass and if you think stenting was no picnic.............



    My advice would be don't completely ignore what you're being told by your Dr.
    Every person is different.You might NOT bleed as badly as I did.

    I can tell you, had I been shaving with a straight post stents while I was on those meds there is no way I would have continued with it.Even the slightest of nicks would have been a long lasting bleeder for me.

    I have never heard of the Wound Stop product you're being point to.Maybe it works.
    Get some, cut yourself somewhere slightly to cause a little bleeding and see if it works. If it does. Go for it.
    If it doesn't my advice would be listen to your Dr. till your off the Plavix.

    Or at the very least shave before bed so you at least have overnight for the bleeding to stop.
    You don't want to have to show up to work pouring blood out of your face.
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    Only your body and your experience will tell you what to do. You aren't going to die if you nick yourself. Might be an issue.....

    Try it and see what happens. At worst I bet you look good with a beard!
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    I'm sure unless you slit your throat you'll be fine. I would continue to shave as I see fit.

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    Just to answer what some previous posts said about my DE experience. When I first started shaving it was with a DE that was the norm at the time the Schick injector just came on the scene as far as I recall. Then after time became the dreaded cartridge razor then a few years later I tried a straight I bought on impulse for a few months until maintenance became impossible, then back to the dreaded cartridge again then rediscovered the DE then the Straight, lol sounds confused right? Now its 99.9% Straight. Yes DE's cut me because I don't respect them and I use them only when in a real rush so it goes without saying rush = blood.
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    Aloha!

    After over 25 years in the medical profession I am not one to tell any patient to disobey a Doctor's orders or recommendation. However, Doctors do not know all the facts about proper straight-razor shaving. When a novice to straight razors thinks of a straight blade, they immediately think of blood and cuts and nicks. The fact is, I cut myself far more with my DE, and for sure cut myself more with cheap disposables and cartridge razors when I used them at a health club for a quick shave after working out. For me personally, I'd go with my Straight Blade to keep cuts to a bare minimum. YMMV of course, but that's my experience.

    So I can't tell anyone not to listen to their Doctor's orders or advice. But if my doctor told me to stop using my Straight, I'd at least tell him/her that if cuts and nicks were the concern, then my Straight Razor would be the least likely to cause an issue.

    Good luck with your health!

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    I jumped into straights first, then shavettes and de's, i"m much mote liable to nick myself with them.

    If nicks are an issue, get a wahl peanut trimmer. They last forever and cut pretty darn close. Used that before straights for years and never had any issue
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