Friday, April 5, 2013

The Morning Lineup

What we have here is my basket of pills. The majority I take in the morning. Depending on the day I take any where from 7 to 12 pills in the AM. Plus a couple after each meal. We have an oral steroid, antibiotic, zemplar, allopurinal, alpha lipoic acid, baby aspirin, and a bunch of other stuff.  More than half of what I take are for the kidneys, including a phosphate binder. Traveling now takes a little time, I organize them into baggies with days and time of day. But when I take the meds at home, I simply grab them from the basket, following the exact order on the spreadsheet created by Leslie. I've tried those containers that you can organize them all, but it just didn't work for me. Grabbing them from the basket and following the spreadsheet is what works for me. And the key is, I do it as fast as possible. I'm not sure why, but I power through the basket.  Zip, bam, done. I remember my stepdad, Ed, would grab his handful of pills and launch them into his mouth He'd often miss with a couple and would have to scramble to find a pill or two rolling on the ground. Or often he didn't even know he missed with a couple.  I've done that as well. One pill is small and round and several times, I've had to hunt for it. Usually I get through them in two swallows. Oh, I also take a nasty tasting liquid called sodium cytrate that helps to flush the kidneys. They try to make it taste grape-like, but with little success. This I take in a shot glass. Makes it more fun.  And that is the morning lineup.

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