Contributed by Bob Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc. ~
Yep, once a week, I have the line-up. The morning pills and the evening pills.
It has become a weekly ritual, habit, and routine, whatever you want to call it. It keeps me familiar and informed with what I am taking and why.
I think that is important for many reasons.
- Keeps me sharp, good for the memory.
- Reminds me of this part of the journey, ignore nothing, and face the music.
- Enables me to share with my wife at least once a month so she knows what’s going on and keeps her involved.
- And share with the kids, or grandkids – they ask questions too. Awesome, try and do take some while they are around, not much, just enough to draw their interest and keep them in the know. Your family wants that.
- The more invisible at times you can make this illness the better. There isn’t much to see, 🙂
Now, some things that have made it a bit easier for me.
- Most pharmacies have the ability to help you manage your prescriptions and order them for you so you don’t have to always remember when you are low or when you need to re-order them. I have all of mine on an automatic 30 day re-order cycle. Ask at the counter. It’s pretty easy and convenient.
- They also will text me on my phone or email me when my prescriptions have been ordered and filled for pick-up.
- They will let you know when you need to contact your doctor for refills or in some cases will call your doctor’s office for you, with your permission, and get additional prescriptions filled.
- Also, ask about extra “freebies,” or customer value programs. We have a program at our pharmacy in which every time I fill a prescription, they stamp a card and after 10 stamps I get 20 % off of some other things in the pharmacy, pretty cool, and “good stuff,” not the garbage you might be thinking, LOL.
- There are companies that will also ship you everything organized by day, by dose, etc. There may be different copays attached to this service even though they advertise it as a no additional cost service. So understand the fine print, J
So, using a pill organizer, setting a schedule (I take my day pills in the morning with breakfast, and the night pills right before bed every day), are pretty key.
Keep your pills in the SAME PLACE, all together, is a must.
I remember when my MOM was first very sick and I had to start caring for her. Getting her medications organized would have been a great “Abbott and Costello” routine. They were all over the house. In the bathroom medicine cabinet, on the nightstand, in the kitchen on the window sill over the sink, yep, over the sink. On the table where she would watch TV, seriously MOM … it took me a few days to get organized.
Then once she was feeling a bit better and stronger I got scolded, “Bobby, where are my meds? I put them here and there, I can’t find them anywhere.”
But after I showed her that they were in one place and showed her how I had put them into pill organizers, all was good, and I was back in good graces, once again. 🙂
Also, most hospitals that your doctor is affiliated with will have a My Chart system. This can help organize, meds, appointments and message your doctors directly. It’s fantastic.
I would highly recommend you find this service if you haven’t yet. You can ask questions, refill prescriptions, have excellent access to your doctors and their staff.
This is like my built-in checklist of things I need to keep track of, or things I might need to ask or do.
Have fun and make your journey easier on yourself and remove any of those tedious things that can cause stress.
There are so many things that can help you keep organized and the best part is that many of these things are “FREE.” I’ve given you several, but there are more.
Join AARP or some of the other organizations that provide some information for us retired folks.
Join some of the support groups. There is some great ideas that come out of those as well. Some are online. Start right here if you’d like.
‘Til next time!
– Coach Bob
Bob Rawlins, 59, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 13-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, and marketing guru. He has been on oxygen therapy for more than a year. He enjoys skiing and golfing with his SeQual eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator.
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