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  •  don't know if I will need a dispenser (16+ / 0-)

    three required pills a day

    two in the morning when I get up

    one in the evening when I go to bed

    I was actually already feeling better because of the diet change and the yoga.  I am at this point the lightest I have been in about 30 years, with more energy than I have had in more than a decade.

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 06:56:33 PM PST

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    •  Teacherken...go slow (12+ / 0-)

      AND take your meds.   Jack had something similiar
      in 06 and discharged.  Suspect TIA.   No problems till 2011
      and he had blurred vision ..still after one week.. no test  revealed anything but his lifelong migranes and neuropathy..  2012.. miracle life saving stent from the Widowmaker  that he survived.   90 percent blockage.
      So , there is a reason you are to take your meds.
      Not a scare tactic...just a reminder to be careful.

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      by Vetwife on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:16:57 PM PST

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    •  Good to know..... (2+ / 0-)
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      TokenLiberal, Angie in WA State

      Our very beat wishes for your continued good health.

      Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

      by princesspat on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:19:00 PM PST

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    •  Yes you DO need pill minders (9+ / 0-)

      It is way too easy to get involved doing stuff and forget to take pills, or even take an accidental double dose, and then have to wonder "Hmmm...  Did I take the pills or not?  Should I take another one in case I forgot, and if it's a double dose, is it bad for me?"

      Been there, done that, which is why I got the first pill minder.  I then got gout and one of the pills was almost the same size and color of one of the others, so I had to keep that one separate, so the second pill minder came along and I'd take that plus the prescribed Vit D at noon.  Then I came down with Atrial Fibrillation and got a pill for that from the cardiologist (needed a pill splitter for something else so I already had that, and these little pills have to be split for half in the morning, half at night).  Then my regular doc increased one of my am/pm b/p meds to 1 1/2 pills morning and night, then added a pill to be taken in the evening and left the other one for morning but increased the dosage.

      Anyway, I now have a double pill minder for morning and evening pills, plus one of the previous pill minders for the noon gout and vitamins.  Even at that, I have forgotten to take the meds on two separate occasions and didn't even notice I'd forgotten until I started feeling funny, so just took my regular dosage since it was nearly time to do so anyway.

      My Saturday evenings are spent refilling pill minders.  Because a couple of pills are similar in color and size, I make sure I actually read the labels on each prescription bottle!  I line them up on one side and after I've read and put them in the pill minder, they go on the other side.  (Once the pill minders are filled, I put the bottles all back in the very large plastic bag so I know where all the pills are in case I need to take them all with me for an emergency or whatever.)  It may sound silly to actually read the pill bottles each Saturday evening, but better to be safe than sorry since some look alike and the doc changed dosages on others through the years.  [When in doubt, I have a printout from the doctor's office they give me each time I go for my regular checks so they monitor a long list of prescription pills I take daily, plus OTC & prescription meds I have on hand 'just in case' - like the nitro tabs (just in case), and the one for one day of a severe gout attack if I don't have colchicine on hand (trust me; gout pain hurts worse than labor pains).  Etc.]

      I'm sure Meteor Blades knows what I'm talking about since he does the weekly pill minder routine, too.

      Even with pill minders it's easy to forget to take one's pills when one is involved doing projects - genie research in my case; once I start a search on an interesting case I lose all track of time.  What feels like an hour to me might be double or triple that in reality, even be six or eight hours.  I've certainly done that often enough in the last thirteen years that it's one of my predictable behaviors.

      So, get the pill minders (the more-or-less transparent kind).  They are cheap, come in various sizes, so depending on the size of the pills, you can have a larger or smaller pill minder.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 02:48:52 AM PST

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    •  Get a pill dispenser. (2+ / 0-)
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      vcmvo2, ladybug53

      It will make your life easier, especially in the morning, when you may be rushing to get out of the house. Instead of rummaging around for each bottle, opening, taking out the pill, and closing it, you just pop open the compartment with the right day of the week on it, and you're good to go!

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 09:21:56 AM PST

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