It’s a cruel irony to have a million medications to manage… all within deep brain fog. If only we could all have a professional medical organizer. Complex illnesses require so much to keep track of. My healthy friends will likely never understand why it takes me two hours and three failed attempts just to leave the house, and even then I likely forgot to bring something. We have to keep track of food, layered clothing, medical equipment, spoons… by the time we get to remembering to take our medications, our brains are exhausted.
I have forgotten to take my meds more times than I can count, and taken the wrong medication, or the wrong dose, a frightening number of times. The anxiety of finally getting out into the world and realizing that I didn’t bring the right pills just makes it harder to convince myself it’s safe to go out the next time. I can’t help but laugh at the time I accidentally took Imodium instead of Benadryl in the midst of a mast cell reaction, but it is also frightening.
This is the essence of living Mighty Well, though — taking these challenges and, instead of succumbing to stress, rising with superhero-like organization skills! Here are some hacks for keeping your medications managed: