Ostomy Memories of Pill Taking

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HenryM
Apr 27, 2022 7:11 am

WE ALL TAKE PILLS.  MY REGIMEN includes a bunch in the morning, then a few more in the evening.  You’d think that I’d get used to it by now, but I’m a terrible pill taker.  My swallow reflex seems to jam up on me once in a while, as if it has a mind of its own.  I’m fully aware that, psychologically, I’m aiding and abetting the problem.  I can’t do anything about that, however.  I’ve always hated taking pills, just like I’ve always hated the NY Yankees.  No amount of self-reflection is apt to change those predispositions.  At least I’m not having to take any controlled substances.  I didn’t even do that in the drug-crazed Sixties.  (Well, not counting a little weed.)  I was resolved to expand my consciousness on my own, thank you very much.  Even now, I rarely will take even aspirin or similar substances.  I haven’t had occasion to try Viagra, tho’ I did just hear a good joke about it:  Grandparents visit their son and his family over-night.  While in the bathroom, the grandfather notices some Viagra, so he asks his son about it.  You don’t want to fool with it, his son says.  Besides, they cost $10 each.  I want to try one, says the granddad.  I’ll leave you $10 under the pillow before we leave tomorrow morning.  The next day, after his parents have departed, the son finds $110 under the pillow.  He calls his dad.  “I told you it was $10,” he reminds him.  “I know,” says his old dad.  “The other $100 is from grandma.”  

AlexT
Apr 27, 2022 7:36 am

Grandma is going to blow all her bingo money now.

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ron in mich
Apr 27, 2022 12:54 pm

Hi Henry, I hear you on the pill swallowing. After having NG tubes jammed down my throat, the ability to swallow pills, bread, and cake is an ordeal.

Justbreathe
Apr 27, 2022 3:59 pm

The worst is when you are hospitalized and a nurse comes in with a cupful of God-knows-what kind of pills and says "here, take these"; I feel sorry for them because I know this request must be met with an evil eye from her patients.

I would say "yeah right, but it's gonna take me a little time". I finally learned that if I hold a whole bunch of water in the back of my throat and then drop the pill in, I can actually swallow it without a problem....of course, I had to conjure up the idea that the water was actually Captain Morgan and Diet Coke! Today, I am pretty much drug-free...a baby aspirin and a B12 - big pharma is missing me bunches and I am guessing the docs are anxiously awaiting my return.

AlexT
Apr 27, 2022 5:07 pm

When I was going through chemotherapy, I took 10 chemo pills per day for 2 weeks, had a week off, and then took 10 per day for another 2 weeks. I did that routine from August through mid-January. Additionally, I was taking something else once a day. I also started taking Imodium since I was experiencing 20-30 episodes of diarrhea per day. By the end, I felt like a Pez dispenser and I became so sick of taking pills that I literally had to set the bottle out on the counter by itself in order to remember if I had taken them or not. Before I started all that, I probably took 10 Advil in the last 20 years. Now, I take 1 pill per day to help me urinate due to my system getting all messed up from surgery. However, if I can find a hot grandma who likes to "wiggle," this Viagra pill sounds interesting.

 
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lovely
Apr 28, 2022 3:33 am

I have to take a lot of pills, so I drink several glasses of water before I take them. Then, like "Justbreathe" said, I hold a drink in my mouth and make sure the pills get wet before swallowing.