Organization helps me stay positive. Especially when it comes to organizing all my medicine.
I don’t prepare for a trip like a normal person, say someone with two kidneys. This past weekend I had an assembly line party of pill packing and the party consisted of my pills, pillboxes and me.
I was excited as I systematically arranged many days worth of pills, because I knew I would be taking them in Maui! Today, Noah and I are headed off on a vacation/honeymoon to celebrate our upcoming 1-year wedding anniversary on September 17th. Noah’s uncle has a condo on the beach in Maui and gave us 10 nights there as a wedding present. We are beyond excited and I look forward to sharing pictures and our adventures with you when we return.
The medicine us transplant recipients take are vital to our well-being and the longevity of our health and transplanted organ. I do not take this lightly. I am very conscientious of my health and very strict with my pill regimen and the importance of taking every pill, every day, on time.
I have an Excel spreadsheet that records all my medicine names, dosages and the times I take them. This document includes information about any allergies I have and serious medical conditions. I keep a copy of this in my wallet at all times and Noah has one as well. It is very helpful at doctor visits. If I go into the hospital and am not feeling well enough to talk, I give this to the nurse and doctor to review my medical history and meds.
I store all my medicine bottles in my dresser drawer…
I have a pillbox with mini containers that are labeled with the individual medicine names. I do this because it is easy to pop this container open at night and load my daily pill container with all my meds for the next day. It is very important to keep all original bottles to be able to verify expiration dates and reorder dates. Plus, having this container allows me to cover it with inspirational quotes and fun stickers. It makes me smile when I open it and is a constant reminder to stay positive.
Whenever I travel, I pack enough pills for the entire trip and then I double that. So for this trip, I packed 11 days worth of pills for the trip, and then for 11 extra days. I always keep an extra supply with me. I will keep these in my carry-on bag and Noah will carry the extra supply in his carry-on. I also pack extras of all of my meds and will have them in my checkin bag just to be triple sure I have enough. I feel this covers all bases in case a bag is lost or stolen.
Not having enough meds, losing them, or having them stolen could ruin the whole trip. Being this organized puts me at ease and allows me to relax and enjoy traveling.
I will have to take medicine every day for the rest of my life. Immediately following my transplant, I was so overwhelmed by all the meds I had to take. Now it is part of my daily routine. I appreciate them so much because they allow me to enjoy life, travel and see amazing places.
What tips can you share that have helped you to stay organized with your health and or taking medicine?