My intentions are good, however my memory is very poor. It’s quite ridiculous as times. People are surprised by the fact that I often struggle to remember whether or not I’ve taken my meds or not. I know however, in the chronic community, many of us can relate to that, all too well. Last week for example, I had gone in the kitchen to take my pain meds. An hour later, I still wasn’t feeling any relief at all. I was sure that I had gotten distracted before making it to the kitchen, to take my meds. I have actually caught myself doing this, more times than I can count. So I tried thinking it through, I did a quick "scan" of my pain level, and concluded that I must not have taken my meds when I originally intended to. So, I paid close attention to the time and wrote it down on my "med white board", which, incidentally, I never remember to use anymore. Within an hour from then, I knew for SURE I had made a mistake. At this point, I was clearly OVER-medicated, and what is most frustrating, is that my pain was still the same.
No matter whether I take my prescribed amount or twice that, the higher dose does not give me anymore relief than the lower dose. The
difference of course, is feeling the symptoms of being over-medicated, which I really don’t like! It makes me feel terribly nauseous, and
I have tried several strategies to track my medications, and the problem keeps coming back to the fact that I get distracted before I get it
written down. My hubby has actually made a rule, that when he is home, I have to get him to get my meds. The bonus is, I have my own
Interestingly, I started writing this post last night, and today we touched on this topic in the class I am taking. I think that when I get used to a "system", is often when I forget to use it. I’m used to seeing the white board now, so it doesn’t catch my attention anymore.
One of the girls in the class came up with a great suggestion that I had not thought to do. She suggested rotating tracking methods. Since I normally use a system for awhile until it no longer catches my attention, I can change it up every week, or every couple of weeks. I think her idea is great, and I’m going to see how I can work that into my routine 🙂
Do you have problems with this as well? What kind of system works for you? I’d love to hear your ideas!
I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday! It’s beautiful here, and I hope the spring like weather will stay with us throughout the weekend!
~ Gentle Hugs