October 20, 2012

Day 20: Remembering to Take Those Darn Pills...

Life with a chronic illness often times requires medication on a daily basis.  I’m really great about remembering to take my beta-blocker in the morning.  I have my routine—eat breakfast, take my medicine, get ready for the day.  And at night, our routine is pretty standard too – eat dinner, I take my beta-blocker, and Grant does the dishes.

However, on more than one occasion, Grant will shout at me—Beta Blocker! And I have to jump up to take it.  Or, a couple of times, we’ve been in the car to church, or I’ve been on my way to Boot Camp, and had to turn around to go home and take my medicine.

Remembering is such a key part of my POTS management plan.  But it becomes second nature that sometimes I have to remind myself to be conscious about remembering to take my medicine.

There are lots of ways to remind yourself:

- Set your medications by the bathroom sink so you take them when you brush your teeth in the morning and at night.

- Set your medications wherever you eat your meals if you take them at mealtime.

- Use a weekly pill organizer or checklist so you know when it’s been taken!

- A certain closeeee friend used to have a blaring alarm on her phone as a birth control reminder…

How do you remember to take your medicine each day?

Disclaimer: While I am sharing information I have researched, read about, and found to be helpful myself, I am not a doctor and all decisions regarding your own personal treatment should be discussed with your own doctors.  Remember, I am just a patient.

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