After surviving a rare coronary artery dissection and massive heart attack while nine months pregnant, Nefertari has devoted her life to uplifting other heart patients and promoting heart health awareness.See all posts »
A Daily Checklist
We all have our daily routines, and over time, these tasks become like a second nature. However, I have to admit that even after four years, taking my daily heart medication alludes me at times.
I do well most of the month. Every Sunday, I sit down and organize my medicine dispenser, divvying up to 13 pill per day (depending on symptoms). On average, though, I take 9 pills per day. I then place the pill container up high and out of sight of my children -- with five kids in the house, this last step is an important one.
I try to combine taking my medication with other daily tasks so that I don't forget. I have myself trained to TRY to remember "brush your teeth, take your pill." This doesn't always work out because on occasion I need to eat a cracker or two before I am able to take my pills.
In order to get a cracker I must go away from my medicine cabinet in my bathroom and walk to the kitchen. IIf everything goes well I would have grabbed a cracker and returned to the pills, popped them into my mouth, and went on with my day.
But since I am a mother of five, anything can happen on that short journey to the kitchen, and it has. Sometimes, I have gotten so distracted that I forgot to go back and take my pills.
Most heart medicines are given to help prevent symptoms. Within about an hour, these symptoms will remind me that I have forgotten something.
I view the symptoms as good and bad. Bad, of course, because they are a constant reminder of what I've gone through and that I have a weakened heart; good because they help me to remember to take it slow, not over work myself, and to take my medicine.
I have gotten better through the years and I rarely forget. I have sticky notes around and an aggressive 12 year old that never forgets anything...ever. So, as a daily reminder (and to avoid a minor tongue lashing), I run through a checklist in my head every morning: Let the dogs out, check. Open the blinds, check. Take your medicine,check!
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