There I am carrying on as normal. la la la la la ……and then get up on Monday morning and find I have 3 tablets left of my Alzheimer’s medication!
On Monday’s I usually get all my medication drugs out with my weekly drugs box and methodically fill the day boxes, morning and evening with the medication that I take along with my vitamins C, D, and E.
I find it easier to to sort out my medication on a Monday morning because it feels like the beginning of my week. No longer working, each day is the same so often I have no idea what the day is. Is that a problem or a symptom of my Alzheimer’s, no idea but I reckon it is the same for many who have retired. When you don’t work the weekend is much the same as the weekdays and it soon merges into weekdays other.
So come Monday morning I know that my weekly routine is to get all the drugs and vitamins I take and on a tray and fill my daily boxes, but found to my horror that I had forgotten to order a prescription and had only 3 tablets left.
Yeah yeah yeah I hear you say what’s the big deal. This is the medication I take for my Alzheimer’s and although it will not ‘cure’ it, it prolongs its affect on me (hopefully). It says you should not miss a dose…actually why would I want to miss a dose? No, I want to keep taking it so as I can prolong my demise as long as possible.
Forgetting to take my medication is a factor of this disease! Forgetting daily routines is a symptom of this disease.
I asked for an urgent prescription, and collected it this afternoon. I asked about having blister packs being made up for my two prescription medication to make it easier for me to remember, but somehow the pharmacist failed to understand. “Yes but if you put it in daily boxes, it is easy to remember to take it?
I don’t know; she is being rational but it is hard for me to say: ‘look, sometimes I find it hard to remember to take them, maybe if they are in a blister pack, which is bigger than my small weekly drugs boxes would help me remember’.
‘There are apps you can download on your phone’, the pharmacist said ‘to remind you’ My immediate thought was a phone noise irritating the hell out of me, but not necessarily making me get up and immediately take my medication.
I might pursue blister packs because it means I will not run out of my medication because I only have to remember to order them once.
Goodness, it should never be hard to remember to take/order medication but reality is that it is for someone like me.