I've been type 2 since 2004 and I am getting sick of all the meds.

By pattroyka58 Latest Reply 2013-02-28 14:16:52 -0600
Started 2011-06-04 15:07:21 -0500

I see my PCP, an ophthalmologist, and a diabetes specialist. They all know what the others have prescribed, but good heavens! I take 7 prescription meds most twice a day, plus fish oil(3/day), multivitamin, potassium(2/day), magnesium(2/day), calcium(6/day), vit D 2000 IU/day, several vitamins to boost my immune system, and iron to keep anemia away. Comes to something like 12 pills with breakfast, 4 with lunch, and 16 at suppertime/bedtime. Takes me almost 15 minutes to get pills ready for one taking, or about 35 minutes if I get them all out for the week and put them in bottles on the weekend.
Expensive, time-consuming, and I'm getting sick of adding more and never taking any away! Thanks, friends for letting me vent.

23 replies

MrsCDogg 2011-06-05 07:23:52 -0500 Report

I can relate! It gets to be a pain to have to take all those pills. I just try to relate it to other stuff in life tho. Is it as annoying as, oh say going to the dentist? Nope! Is it as much of a pain as when I had a cast on my leg one whole summer? Not hardly! As aggravating as dealing with unwanted facial hair? Nah! So, I'll just keep on taking my pills and grumbling! ;o)

pattroyka58 2011-06-05 13:28:16 -0500 Report

Let's see…I don't really mind going to the dentist, so far I've not broken a leg, the facial hair I can relate to-I check regularly into the cost of laser hair removal but I'd have to win the lottery first-and unwanted leg hair that's itchy and pokey and hurts my shoulders and back to shave… You've pointed my thoughts in a whole new direction and it's fun finding things that are less fun than pills! Thank you.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-05 00:06:10 -0500 Report

I enjoyed reading your vents. I get sick and tired of taking so many pills also, so I feel the same way. But I do have to admit that the pills do help, and I don't enjoy feeling bad so I will keep taking them until they find a cure.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-06-04 22:57:41 -0500 Report

I dont take that many meds but I have tried to tell my doctors that with all the meds I take, I shouldn't really even need to eat. Like Harlen said as big of a pain as it is the alternatives are a lot worse.
Hang in and just do what you can do. If you get really frustrated again just come here and vent. God knows I have and theres so bany people who will not only listen but they will get it also.

Harlen 2011-06-04 19:23:40 -0500 Report

Welcome Patty
OK lets give up and who cares if we lose a foot ???
Lets go blind, we can live with that .lol lol
I would talk with your Doc there may be somwthing they can do for you ?
Hugs and best wishes

2011-06-04 23:17:40 -0500 Report

Hey Harlen, Not funny. I am going blind. I have no feeling from both ankles down. It's not funny, when the technicolor world that your used to living in will go black sometime in the very near future. I care if I loose a foot. Diabetes and the so called side effects from this disease is no laughing matter. You'll NEVER see me laughing.

Tigereyze209 2011-06-08 00:33:20 -0500 Report

Hun, Harlan was not trying to be funny, he was being sarcastic.
Not the same thing.
He was using extreme circumstances to drive home the point that regardless of how you feel about it, you have to keep taking your medications and keep up with your treatments, or else your body will start getting all of those conditions. Not a case of if, only a case of when.
We ALL get frustrated at times, and once in a while, need to vent and scream.
This site serves as a place to ask questions, and get reliable information. (other good stuff too) It is also a support group to help those who are down, and sometimes, one needs a shock to the system to get them out of their doldrums
In my humble opinion, that is exactly what I think Harlen was trying to do..
My hope is that it works.
Take care and God bless.

pattroyka58 2011-06-05 13:21:03 -0500 Report

Maybe not, and you're right about the co-morbidities of high BS. I don't think Harlen was poking fun at the horrible things that can happen to Diabetics, he was lightly poking at my complaints that taking a few pills and sticking to my diet is too much trouble to go to to avoid those awful things, and about that you've proven he's right.
Pat T

Tigereyze209 2011-06-08 00:35:36 -0500 Report

Well said, you got it in one. Oh, you ARE the original poster.
Extra blessing to you and your loved ones. Please keep with the program, we want you here and healthy as long as possible.

jayabee52 2011-06-04 17:25:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Pat!
Welcome to DC
I feel very much the same as you do about the pills. I used to feel really lousy about that till I met my bride, "Jem". She took about 30 separate medications per day, and they were constantly changing as to what, and when and how many. She didn't just walk, she rattled! LoL! But that was the cost of her maintaining what little health she did have. And from my perspective I'm glad she did, because she was really a worthwhile person to know.

Please feel free to vent all you need. That's partly what we're here for!

Blessings to you and yours!


pattroyka58 2011-06-04 20:58:58 -0500 Report

At least my meds stay the same for at least 3 months at a time. And regulated to breakfast, lunch and dinner. And like Harlen said, there are much worse alternatives to having to take a bunch of pills every day, like learning to read Braille! Thank you for the support and the blessings. The same back to you and yours.

jayabee52 2011-06-05 01:54:36 -0500 Report

My Jem WAS blind at age 14 due to retinitis pigmentosa, so she did read Braille. Even though she was blind she was a very accomplished woman, even with all her medical challenges.

pattroyka58 2011-06-05 13:15:55 -0500 Report

I didn't mean to downgrade Braille, or blindness, I'm an avid reader and it would be difficult for me to read any other way but visually - ever tried "books on tape (CD)"? Takes my imagination in whole other directions than when I had read the book. Physical handicaps have little to do with the real person inside the body. I wish I had known Jem, she sounds like someone I'd like.

jayabee52 2011-06-05 21:49:24 -0500 Report

Yes, Pat, I think you would have liked her. And I didn't take what you said as an affront to her, the tragedy of blindness or braille.

She was a real sweetheart! (no pun intended) In the years I had known her (since Nov 2007) she helped me greatly to overcome a very bad divorce (25 yrs).

The afternoon of the day she died, her gastro Dr found out she had passed and he called personally to tell me how much he appreciasted Jem. He told me that she was his favorite patient and that she brightened his day whenever she came for an appointment.

She was always thinking of others, even when she was in pain with something like RA or Lupis. For most of her many Drs and many of the RNs she remembered their spouses' and children's names and inquired about them.

She was truly an amazing lady. I am honored to have known her, and even more honored to have been married to her.

I am glad I knew her and shared so much of the last 2.5 years of her life with her, because we were together pretty much 24/7/365 (with exceptions of me going to church and grocery shopping and solo Dr visits).

She was a brave lady too. She had been disappointed by 4 men previously. She felt her dad didn't really accept her, and then 3 other men abandoned her, 2 had become engaged and then broke it off and a third said he loved her, but wouldn't commit to her.

Her family and friends had to strongly encourage her to try online dating, or we wouldn't have met. Even after we got past the awkward stage of "getting to know you" she still had her moments of "I better dump him before he dumps me and breaks my heart". (of course it would break her heart anyway no matter who dumped who.) When she first started talking like that,she really threw me for a loop. I eventually convinced her that I didn't plan to leave our relationship voluntarily and the ONLY way she could know for sure I was different than those other men was to continue with me. (and I was different).

Books on tape? Jem didn't like the books on tape ("BOT") initially either. Until she got and tried the new format "books on tape" put out by the library of congress / library for the blind. The new system/format was based on the USB and "flash drive" technology. No tapes or CDs involved.

Jem also had hearing problems and one of her complaints is that she couldn't hear the BOT clearly. The new format seemed to make the sound crisper and clearer and she really loved the new format. The reading speed/tone/pitch was controllable too. We would spend hours listening to many of them together. She still loved to read Braille, but BOT was now a close 2nd place. I'm glad that I had that experience with her.

Yes I think you would have liked her, Pat. But then again I AM biased!

pattroyka58 2011-06-06 15:15:27 -0500 Report

I appreciate your sharing some of Jem with me. Now I KNOW I would've liked her, and I'm pretty sure your not very biased, some people are such angels. I'm glad for you that you knew one.

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