11.30.2009

What to do…

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There are days when I find that I can hardly remember what I did 10 minutes ago let alone what I did first thing upon waking up.  So, when I get home from work and think to myself “gosh self you seem tired today… oh crap, did I forget to take my ‘anti-cancer’ pill today?” I find myself in a pickle of what to do!  Do I become an old lady and start using my handy daily pill dispenser so I can remember if I took my pill or not?  Would it really make a difference if I did? 

Here’s the thing, my pill should be taken 12hrs after last eating (empty stomach) and you cannot eat within 1hr of taking it and there are several other medications/vitamins/foods that you cannot take within 4hrs of taking the pill.   So really, the only time you can take it is in the morning. 

What can happen if I take 2 pills the next morning? Well in a sense I can OD my body on thyroid hormone.  I can have heart palpitations, have anxiety attacks, insomnia… basically everything in the body speeds up.  If I don’t take it at all, quite the opposite happens and everything slows down. 

Since taking too little hormone takes a while to cause real problems (except being super tired) and too much hormone can be a danger if the heart rate goes too high, I guess if I can’t remember if I did/didn’t take it that morning I should err on the side of caution?  Or maybe I should just suck it up and start using the pill box and take it when I realize I have forgotten it even if it isn’t quite as effective on a full tummy… What would you do?

5 comments:

  1. Go for the pill box. I know it's dorky and old lady-ish, but if it gives you the peace of mind of knowing whether or not you've taken your pills, it's worth it. Missing a pill will only make you even more forgetful, which will potentially screw up your meds more. It could become a vicious cycle, and that's not what you need right now.

    Just hide the pill box from cute boys. ;-)

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  2. Mark it in your calendar in the morning when you have taken it. Then you will "remember"! :-)

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  3. yea, I'd do the pill box, better safe than sorry

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  4. we should invent hip pill boxes for the younger ladies (and guys) who are in the same prediciment as you!

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  5. Pill box! I can't remember anything either, so I go with visual aids, lol.

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