As principal of the Weymouth and Ames schools, Laura Miller is a busy person.

She also has a blood disorder that, left untreated, results in blood clots. Miller has taken anticoagulant medication, also called a blood thinner, for most of the past 13 years.

People who take the blood thinner Coumadin need to have their blood tested once monthly. With Coumadin, people are required to keep their blood thickness within a tight range that can be affected by diet and the other medications.

Those not able to keep their blood thickness fairly stable need to have their blood drawn once a month. Sometimes, weekly blood tests may be required.

Miller said she didn’t always taken that requirement as seriously as she should have. She said it was difficult finding time to go to the hospital, waiting to register, going to the lab, waiting to fill a vial of blood, then waiting a few days for her doctor to call to see if she needed to change her dosage.

Dr. Ben Mailloux told Miller she needed to take the situation more seriously and she agreed. Still, even then, sometimes she went two or three months without being tested.

In November, Dr. Mailloux told Miller about the new clinic. She could make an appointment, sign in, have her blood taken with a finger stick and have the results, all in fewer than 10 minutes. If her blood thickness level wasn’t where it should be, her medication could be changed instantly.

For example, when her asparagus patch produces — asparagus is one of the green vegetables with Vitamin K that affects blood — Miller’s Coumadin level might need to be adjusted.

Her level has been adjusted once and that was downward. She was on 70 milligrams per week and was able to be lowered to 67 milligrams. She has been in the perfect range for each test since she started at the clinic.

For Miller, the clinic has been the perfect answer. In the five months, she has not had to wait more than a minute or two and after her initial intake, she has been in and out in fewer than 10 minutes each time.

Miller said she is pleased with the flexibility of the clinic and how good personnel are about rescheduling appointments when job duties conflict. And that happens often enough so that she has the clinic on speed dial on her phone.

Miller said the nurses at the clinic, Mia Hare and Maureen Foye, have answers to her questions or a quick way to get them and that’s important to Miller.

Before she started going to Dr. Mailloux, Miller had stopped Coumadin therapy for a couple of years. She was fine for most of that time but just before her former doctor left the area, Miller developed pneumonia and got a blood clot in her leg.

She said that experience was worse than when she had chemotherapy for her previous breast cancer and she resolved to pay more attention to getting monthly blood tests.

And the Anticoagulation Clinic at Waldo County General Hospital has made that so much easier.