forgot meds, lost mind

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 11/10/2005 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
How often do you all FORGET to take your meds? Is it a regular occurence? What's the outcome and how do you deal? I forgot my morning and afternoon dose today which means seizures all day tomorrow or Sat. or both! I even have a watch alarm that goes off every time I'm to take them but I don't always hear it. Maybe I'm in a crowded place or mowing the lawn. Sometimes I can't get to my meds right then. My watch even goes off five minutes later as if to say, "did you do it?" If I'm outside I'll run into the house and wonder why I came in. Oh, it must've been those dishes and halfway through the dishes I'll start to clean the bathroom! That's how quickly I forget. I'm so scatter-brained now it's hard to get much done at all. I never sit down (until now to write you all. Thanks for that). It's GO, GO, GO and what have I actually accomplished? AHHHHHHH! See, I even changed the subject here! And honestly, not on purpose!

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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 11/11/2005 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Got a lot of sympathy with you here. I've found I can miss at least 1 round of meds without any effect - which is lucky as I'm forgetting them all the time. One negligent morning did seem to prompt a grand mal, so I posted a large 'REMEMBER YOUR PILLS?' notice on the inside of my door where I'd see it just before leaving for work. It's now such a familiar part of the room that I rarely notice it. I also try to carry a few spare pills around with me, just in case. Sadly, I can then never be sure if I really did forget to take the proper ones earlier or if I'm just been paranoid and am about to OD. And if I take too many Tegretols, it generally leads to double vision.
It sounds like you're doing as much as you can to remind yourself. Unfortunately all the safeguards in the world are sometimes no match for our addled brains - and that emphatically applies to non-epileptics too. Try not to get too stressed about it and take care.


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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 11/11/2005 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response Andrew! & Yep, I've tried the notice thing. It's amazing how quickly you can become blind to a large bright note in front of your face. I have to "OD" a bit if I forget 2 doses in a row and last night I swear I had 2 kids when I should only have one!

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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 241
   Posted 11/12/2005 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mollymom-

I'm glad I'm not the only one that admits to missing pills frequently.  I miss a dose probably once a week, maybe twice sometimes.  I remember when I was young, I used to laugh at my grandma's big pill container.  The kind that are sectioned off into each day of the week.  Well, not only do I have one of those now, but it's sectioned off into morning and night too.  I had to tie in my pill-taking with another activity just to remember to take my meds.    Now, I put my toothbrush right on top of the pill container.  That way, it forces me to look at the pills when I pick up the toothbrush in the morning and evening.  (Funny, I never forget to brush!!)   If I miss a dose, I don't usually discover it until the next dose, when I notice I didn't take the pills in the prior section.  Most of the time, I'll double up at that time.  Guess it depends on how I feel at the time.   Like Andrew said, Don't stress!!

Hugs,  Glenda :-)

complex partial seizures since 22
lamictal 200mg 2x/d
zonegran 150mg 3/d

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