Friday, January 25, 2013

FTD and Medication Madness

I take no pills for FTD. There are no FDA approved meds for FTD. It's just hit and miss with drugs for other ailments used to try to address whatever symptoms the FTD'er is going through at the time. If your not seeing a psychiatrist or neurologist every month to stay on top of it, medications can become a problem in themselves.

Besides FTD, I've had cancer and heart disease. All 3 of them in the last 2 years. The cancer was cut out and FTD, well  FTD has a mind of it's own, pun intended. That leaves heart disease. A heart attack and 3 stents has me taking 6 pills a day.

Over the last couple of months with my routine getting shot to hell, so has my daily pill regiment. The other day I took a serious look at pill container and it looked like a swiss cheese package. I stopped following the days listed and just open whatever day my fingers flip open of the 30 day container. Of course this leads to days when I'm not sure if I took them or not in the middle of the day. When that happens I don't take any more for fear of doubling up. 

Thinking about it, it got all screwed up because of a loading foul up. Some of the days have 7 pills instead of 6. Pilot error in loading the pills. I tried to see what I doubled up on, but couldn't figure out which pills are which. A few are the same size, but all the pills have symbols on both sides. I kept forgetting what, what while trying to check. Either that or I'm not sure if the extra pill is a generic with different symbols altogether. Okay, so what is better, taking an extra pill or missing a days worth? Then again I keep forgetting to take them anyway. I'm ready to get refills. It's that time of the month, but the container is only half full. 

Oh well, next?

Have a nice weekend.

Howard

10 comments:

  1. Hi Howard,
    Can you, or someone you know, put an alarm in your phone or computer to alert you when it is time to take your medicine?
    Stay well.
    Susie

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    1. Thanks Susie,
      I'm just so tired of having to redo and recalculate everything in my life all the time.
      I'm totally exhausted of it all. It's 12:50pm and I'm so tired an overwhelmed.
      Howard

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  2. Howard, I wish someone could help and seperate by days. Put your pills in one spot that you will see when you start your day? I'm sure when you wake up you use the bathroom, how about a sticky note on the mirror? I wish I lived closer I would help you. Stay strong I know someone will help you. Peace:O)

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  3. Howard, speak to your pharmacist...he/she can help you load your pills correctly and might have a device that will alert you when it's time to take a pill. I have found pharmacists to be very willing to help out their customers...try to go at the least busiest time of course. Please excuse my typos, I have been on pain meds for a severe shingles attack and also have began once again, going round and round with my SISTER'S Dr. and now MY Dr. too!!! The new year started off with her getting herself Baker Acted...and we just keep slipping down further into the quicksand, while sending out distress signals!! How's THAT for DRAMA. I just keep on being the squeaky wheel, ha!
    Wishing you the best as always,
    Vicki

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    1. Hi Vicki,
      At least we'll never die of boredom.
      All the best,
      Howard

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  4. Thanks again for this insight and awareness Howard! One day at a time is the best anyone can do. Best wishes and hugs to you:)

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  5. Howard, how about converting to a 7 day pill dispensor. It seems it would be much less overwheming. That is what I use and I keep them on the table next to my chair. I don't get my first sip of coffee unless the pills have been taken. Hope this helps.

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    1. Thanks Janet,
      Can't make any changes right now.

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