Friday, 23 September 2011

Pill Popping


Incoming UFO!  Actually it's not, as you may have already guessed given the dodgy LCD display.  Surely extra-terrestrial technology would have to be more advanced than this to allow inter-galactic travel?  This flying saucer is in fact an electronic medicine dispenser.  You'll be relieved to know that those 'pods' that you can just see through the glass are not for storing human abductees.

So, what's it doing on my post?  Well, I'm prompted by the fact that, for the short term after my hospital discharge,  I'm  taking eight different types of medication amouting to a staggering thirty two tablets daily.    This is of the same order as a lady discussed by the GP and comedian Dr. Phil Hammond, in his extremely funny and thought provoking Rude Health show.&nul.  I've found it helpful to keep them all in one place and have re-boxed everything so that each type is in a single packet. Taking out all those pesky instruction leaflets to keep everything shipshape and tidy has reduced the potential for muddle too. Ducktaping Louis' mouth shut during my own personal drug round has also been considered but was rejected on the grounds that Social Services might view this as child cruelty.

If you are at all concerned that a relative or friend may potentially struggle with taking medication because of long or short term confusion, please  ignore their protestations about being independent.  Just wade in wearing your biggest boots and  intervene. Help them out by checking what they're taking, directly supervising if necessary.  Make sure that what they're taking is regularly reviewed too.  And consider using a pill mp; get really easily put off  if Louis is wittering on ,oops I mean talking about something important at the same time as I'm trying to avoid overdosing myself.


Where's this going? Well, if you're managing your own drugs be careful.  I've found it helpful to keep them all in one place and have re-boxed everything so that each type is in a single packet. Taking out all those pesky instruction leaflets to keep everything shipshape and tidy has reduced the potential for muddle too. Ducktaping Louis' mouth shut during my own personal drug round has also been considered but was rejected on the grounds that Social Services might view this as child cruelty.

If you are at all concerned that a relative or friend may potentially struggle with taking medication because of long or short term confusion, please  ignore their protestations about being independent.  Just wade in wearing your biggest boots and  intervene. Help them out by checking what they're taking, directly supervising if necessary.  Make sure that what they're taking is regularly reviewed too.  And consider using a pill management device which doesn't have to be flying saucer shaped.  There are simpler and cheaper boring rectangular versions sold in chemist shops.   Just simple steps can ensure people are receiving the treatment that their doctor thinks that they need and can avoid hospital admission because of errors that are oh so easy to make.

3 comments:

  1. What flying saucer are you talking about please? The only picture I can see is a black triangle with a white exclamation mark in it.

    Anyway, I hope you manage to keep on top of your current drugs regime.

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  2. Think I've fixed it Toffeeapple! The gremlins are definitely grumbling again x

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