Sharp Blue: Medication


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When we went to pick up my dad today, it emerged that he’d mixed up two of his medications last night (or rather that the hospital had). It’s hardly surprising given how much he’s on. I just sat down in the kitchen next to the pile of boxes and bottles of pills and made a list of them all:

  • Dexamethasone, a steroid to reduce inflammation caused by the tumour in his back.
  • Amitriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant that’s also useful against chronic pain.
  • Co-dydramol, painkiller that contains a mixture of paracetamol and codeine.
  • Zoton, an anti-ulcer drug to combat one of the side-effects of the other meds.
  • Phenytoin, an anti-convulsive to combat seizures caused by the brain radiosurgery.
  • Domperidone, an anti-emtic taken to prevent side-effects of radiotherapy.

When he starts taking interferon there will probably be even more meds to keep track of…

Umm.. check into

a) bubble packs for his meds ( )

b) a large pill organizor that splits up the days of the week (you can get even bigger ones that goes into days + times)

bubble packs tend to be *REALLY* easy and you can speak to most pharamsists about them and they are pretty understanding. If he's on meds at specific periods of the day ie morning, afternoon, evening, night. you could talk about a colour coding system if you want to get really into it all and you can stick them on rings and keep them all together. (Wow I learnt something in Care Skills).

I hope the med mix up isn't affecting him to much.

*forhead licks*

Yowzers- I had to take pills like that one time (that many varieties..blah) No fun. The pill organizer is a good idea. Or you can become Christian Scientists and turn to prayer for everything, hahaha. Sorry, those people are nuts...

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