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10 Week Commitment

I was thinking about the commitment it takes to being a patient today. I am currently on a 10-week adventure of nasal sinus rinses. If after 10 weeks of sinus rinse with a steroid does not tackle my inflammation, then there will be a discussion about nasal surgery. I am trying to track not only my commitment to this 10 week of nasal rinses but also of my other medications.

* If you are part of my care team, this may be a good time to look away.

Even the most compliant asthma patients can forget medicines sometimes

I am mostly a compliant patient but there are times in which I have forgotten the sinus rinse bottle upstairs and then I was already in the shower and I need to push that to the evening. An awesome hospital pharmacist gave me some great advice to go the sinus rinses in the shower, I have found this to be very helpful. I had a very mixed commitment with my last venture with sinuses rinses and honestly, I am a lazy patient and I want my medication delivery to be easy, the nasal spray is easy, shake, insert, spray = done. The sinus rinses have a few more steps, I have to have sterilized water on hand, dissolve packet, add steroid, agitate, inset, let the gunk out, repeat. There are more steps. It is not that it actually takes that much more time, but it feels like another thing added to my morning medication routine.

Getting your asthma medication in your everyday routine and other tips

I have found that it is easy to forget to take a medication, we have busy lives and especially when we are having a good stretch of disease. For example, in the evening, my medication routine sometimes goes off track, if I go to bed early or decide to flake out on the couch and fall asleep and then feel especially lazy to get up and take evening meds. I generally carve out my “medication minutes” in the morning. My morning routine includes time with my Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy System or OPEP device, this helps me get my mucus up and out of my lungs. This takes a bit of time with repeat blowing into a device and coughing. Then it is on to the oral meds and inhalers. While the evening routine is much easier. It is the one that seems to slide. I usually remember sometime in the middle of the night and take them all a little late. If I am on schedule, it is medications before bed. I do want to get better at staying on schedule. Perhaps, I need to take evening meds a bit earlier.

I will be adding this to my list when I see my doc in follow up. It is important to remember that medication changes should be done in conjunction with your physician.

Have you used a timing device or schedule that you really like? How do you keep track of medication schedules? Are you using a form of technology that you would recommend?

Here is hoping that this recommitment to medication schedules will be fruitful and also that my nasal inflammation will be tamed.

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