• Medical medicinary

    Asked by Fuxitol on Saturday, November 11, 2017

    Medical medicinary

    I feel like I carry a medical medicinary around with me. Hydrocortisone for rashes, biotene, cough drops, kleenex, chapstick, sunblock, blistix, hand sanitizer. Anyone else feel this way? And, am I misding anything, lol?

    17 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I sometimes worry about carrying the meds along with you and getting pulled over. If you don't have them in the original prescription bottle, with the labels on them, that is against the law. So, be certain to carry them properly.

      about 1 year ago
    • Fuxitol's Avatar
      Fuxitol

      Nah don't carry my meds, but good reminder. Just otc stuff.

      about 1 year ago
    • RockTom's Avatar
      RockTom

      I have been rolling down the interstate with a bag full of prescriptions and pass a Highway Patrol that had someone pulled over searching their car. They had everything in that car sitting on the road. I was a nervous wreck until we got home that day.

      about 1 year ago
    • artsylady's Avatar
      artsylady

      I switched to a very small cross body purse to avoid carrying much with me. BUT... I keep a plastic shoebox in my car with all that stuff and more in it. We live in Palm Springs, CA so I don't carry in anything that is flammable in the summer - it hits 118 in the summer here. My husband jokes that if he ever hears of a Jeep Cherokee imploding, he'll know it's mine. Maybe I'll try a cigarette lighter plug-in cooler next summer. Mmmmm. Might just work. A girl needs her stuff. I also pack individual Preparation H wipes, diaper wipes, Vicks vapor rub and Visine. I think if I mixed it all together I could create the perfect anti-cancer cream?

      about 1 year ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I don't have them with me all the time, but my thing is OTC pills. I have 3 different pill boxes, morning, noon, and night. My doctor is aware of them and has no problem. My hope is that they will prevent a re-occurrence and help with my, what seem to be, permanent side effects. I find it ironic that I take more pills than my 95 year old mother.

      about 1 year ago
    • Julesmom's Avatar
      Julesmom

      My husband laughs at me because of the giant bag I carry all the time. But I DO have most anything I need. I keep most over the counter meds, but don't carry my prescriptions.

      about 1 year ago
    • Fuxitol's Avatar
      Fuxitol

      Let me add a twist. Easy way to track / take meds? I mean, I am a smart person. But take this one 3x a day, 2x a day, before treatment, during treatment, 10 days of treatment. Anyone have a cool spreadsheet or life have to share? Must be something beyond the rows on my kitchen table...should I set up a color coded pill box? Yep, I probably take more rx than my 95 year old dad. That made me laugh.

      about 1 year ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I would be lost without my pill boxes. There are days that I have to look several times to make sure that I took them. I have one color for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for bedtime. It is nice to not have bottles all around, and it is extra nice to have the reminder. Good luck trying to find out what works for you.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar
      Jesse0218

      I've been known to write down what I take/took at a certain time to keep them straight.
      I don't have a ton anymore, but when I had the mastectomy/reconstruction and following 2 surgeries, I had antibiotics, pain pills, Femara and Effexor to take at different times. For me, that was the only way I could keep things straight.

      about 1 year ago
    • Fuxitol's Avatar
      Fuxitol

      Life hack. That's what I meant.

      about 1 year ago
    • Fran106's Avatar
      Fran106

      I was laughing as I thought I was the only one (after 6 years) carrying a pocketbook for my pocketbook of meds. I had to get a larger handbag to hold all my stuff. I am the best customer at my drugstore! For my birthday last week I bought new color coordinating pillboxes for my pill organization at home. Sad but necessary. We are alive!

      about 1 year ago
    • Ashera's Avatar
      Ashera

      I didn't carry anything but lomotil and ativan with me. But my kitchen looked like Walgreens! All this was during active treatment. Now...it's just ativan and tramadol. And - I'm in MN - so lots and lots of chapstick!

      about 1 year ago
    • Grandy's Avatar
      Grandy

      You guys are all so funny!! It's good we can make fun of this thing, and what it costs us. This is how I got through my treatment. It made me feel like it didn't have me. I detached myself from it by making fun! I called my port something funny so the grands wouldn't be freaked. And I made sure they knew I was bald because of the medicine!!! Cancer doesn’t take our hair! Cancer doesn't take our breasts. We choose to do that to destroy the cancer. I shocked some people at times. But most enjoyed it.

      I even said that someday when I’m MUCH older, and laid to rest, I needed a coffin that at least was open in the center. We put a LOT of money on reconstruction! I HOPE you can see the humor and laugh at us!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • akwendi's Avatar
      akwendi

      Grandy, I love your sense of humor. That's been what I've tried to keep through all of this. I kept a list of what I needed to take and when so I could see the overall picture. But I would also set alarms on my phone to help keep me on track. I hope that things get better for you. I'm down to just my tamoxifen and my daily vitamins. It gets better. 9 month post chemo and my hair is "long" enough to use a brush and a blow dryer! Never thought I'd be saying something like that. Stay positive!

      about 1 year ago
    • Grandy's Avatar
      Grandy

      Right after surgery a friend would write me. My brain got SO confused by pain and pills. and clocks!

      Thanks akwendi!!! It does help!

      about 1 year ago
    • Fuxitol's Avatar
      Fuxitol

      Oh. Phone alarm. Duh. Great life hack! Thx.

      about 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      artslady, you may have already explored this, but did you know that many medicines are supposed to be kept at a moderate room temperature? If not, they may not work or can become toxic. I've been told by the pharmacist to throw mine away before after leaving in a hot car by mistake.

      I noticed this week that one of mine even says not to keep in a bathroom because of moisture.

      about 1 year ago

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