I have a pill problem

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I have a pill problem – my problem is I have too many pills and a not-what-it-used-to-be memory.  I’ve had many conversations like this with myself – “I have to take my lupus meds, wait, did I take them already, or was that my cancer meds, no, wait did I actually take any meds or am I just imagining I took them…” Checking the pills left in the bottle used to be a good way to figure it out, but now my pharmacy is giving me 90 day supplies, and I’m not about to count that many pills to figure out if I took one.  So, I tried buying one of those pill boxes, but that still didn’t totally solve my pill problem.  I needed something more – something that would say, hey! you need to take your meds now!!  Then, I figured, as the saying goes, there must be an app for that!  And, guess what?  There are many apps for that! I took a quick look at them on my phone and picked a free one called Med Helper.  It had a good user rating and seemed easy to figure out.  It lets me enter info about all my meds, including prescribing doctor, generic and brand name, pharmacy name and number, dosage, side effects, special comments, etc.  Which is very helpful to have, especially when making out those pesky medical forms in the waiting room that ask you a million questions.  But, even more helpful for me, it sets and stores a reminder alarm on my phone when I need to take my meds.  Hallelujah!  I’ve only been using it for a day, but the alarm did go off today when I was at work and I took my meds like a good girl.  I’m really hoping this is the solution to my pill problem.  It’s too bad that my phone can’t dispense my medicine along with reminding me to take it!  Maybe someone will create an app for that one day…

4 Years and Counting….

4 years and countingI recently had my 6 month follow up with my Oncologist, Dr. Elizabeth Tan-Chiu (whom I, along with many others, believe is a genius and real-life Wonder Woman). We were reviewing my chart and were very excited to see that I’m approaching my 5 year anniversary this October.  For those of you who know – and those of you who don’t – 5 years is kind of a big deal when it comes to survivorship.  I’ll be finished with my Zometa infusions, only need to see Dr.T once a year, and, hopefully, be able to stop taking my estrogen blocker, Arimidex. Some ladies have to take it for 10 years – I’m hoping I’m not in that category.  My wonder-woman doctor then told me something interesting – there is a new test called the Breast Cancer Index (BCI) which can help determine how long it will be beneficial for me to take Arimidex. It’s a test performed on the tissue saved from my tumors that were removed and archived – which is another interesting thing I learned – it is mandatory that tissue is saved for 10 years (which was a relief to hear – I thought they had to poke me some more to get breast tissue to test). So, my doc ordered the BCI and it should take a couple weeks to get the results. I’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, to find out more about the Breast Cancer Index, visit www.answersbeyond5.com.

Hello, where have I been?

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Bless me Father, for I have sinned, it has been 4 months since my last post….Ok, if you weren’t raised Catholic, you probably won’t recognize that reference to Confession (and, if you were, please don’t think I’m being blasphemous, I’m just attempting to be clever).  I haven’t posted in a long time – 4 months to be exact – and it started me wondering – where the heck have I been?  I’ve been right here, I just haven’t been “write” here, if that makes any sense.  Was it writer’s block, lack of inspiration, lack of time?  Did my creativity take a little vacation – or worse – did my creativity take a permanent vacation??  Whatever it was, I think it’s about time to find my voice again.  I’ve been thinking of possible posts and topics to tackle, including ones that are not my typical cancer and lupus related blurbs.  I’m turning 50(!!!!) this year, have 2 awesome daughters, an amazing partner of 21 years, 2 cats and my outrageous 85 year old mother and her attached at the hip rescue dog living with us, so I think I’ll be able to find more than a few things to write about. Therefore, let this be my first little baby step back into the world of witty banter and blogging, with more to come soon.  Hello, creativity, vacation time’s over, let’s get back to work.

 

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