Monday, September 26, 2011
Today I have been thinking. What would my life be like without medication? Some people think I take a lot of medication. Indeed, I take more than most. I take a medication for Acid Reflux and wonder what I would do without it! In the past I have had such a bad problem with acid reflux it would wake me up at night. I had to raise the head of my bed, just to be able to sleep in it!!
I take several medications for my bipolar disorder. Having been in the hospital so many times...over 6 times on a psychiatric ward, it has been a life saver!! I wouldn't skip it now it someone said they would give me lots of money or fame! I find that life is much calmer and stable now that I take my medication regularly. I feel good about myself and I don't worry that did something wrong when someone doesn't call me back right away. I have peace of mind!! It took me years to be able to say that!! I have been taking medications on and off for 34 years and steadily for 5 years. The last 5 years of my life have definitely been the best!!
I take medication for osteoarthritis. I would not be able to live without this medication that helps with the pain I have everyday! I am trying to get off of it, by taking the supplement glucosamine. It is a slow process. I am doing it very slowly. Trying to see the difference when I take the Celebrex and when I don't. I worry about the cardiovascular side effects of taking Celebrex long term.
I take a calcium supplement for my bones. It has vitamin D in it. I need both. I feel it is safer to take a supplement than risk the osteoporosis that runs in my family. Some people worry about supplements, but I feel fairly safe taking calcium.
So you see, I do take a bit of medication. I feel it helps my quality of life. I would be a wreck, with heart burn, more pain than I currently have and broken bones as I age and probably have more hospitalizations than I am currently having...if it weren't for my meds!!