Another Cocktail Change

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Another Cocktail Change

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capsules-385949_640(1)Well, we have successfully managed yet another medication cocktail change.

They seem to get harder and harder each and every time! It seems to take longer and longer to bounce back and to see if the change is helping or hurting. It is also frustrating when you have to fight the doctor's office and place endless calls in order to get things changed. The doctor has given me his personal cell phone number but I don't want to call him every single time I have a problem or every time his office staff doesn't do their jobs.

I try to go through the proper channels and get what we need using the office staff, but at what point to you say forget it can call the doctor on his personal cell, on his personal time? This time I waited a week or after about eight calls to his staff. I finally broke down and called him to get new prescriptions. He is really good at getting us what we need but I don't want to be a bother. I don't want him to regret giving me his number!

Once he approved the changes it still took four phone calls and two visits to the office to get the needed prescriptions. I don't know why they make it so difficult on the patient/caregiver.

The new medications seem to be easing a bit of Mom's agony, and they are making her sleep a lot so I am able to run my errands without worrying too much. I was even able to run to the courthouse to vote while she slept! WOOHOO!

I am praying that we won't need to make drastic medication changes for another long while but who knows! I didn't realize how exhausting it is for me during these medication changes. I guess it is pent-up anxiety. I am up every hour checking her breathing, I am hovering for any signs of reactions or allergies. I am pestering her every few minutes to document how she is feeling, what she is feeling, what her pain level is at, how does her mind feel, is anything different, etc.

The past two days I have finally been able to sleep, pretty confident that if something were to go wrong, it would have happened already. I can't even begin to imagine how exhausting it must be for her! I hope my hovering isn't annoying her to no end!!!

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Denise

Hi LH--I'm so glad you've made it through this med change. I so hope this new cocktail of meds continues to help your mom.\r\n\r\nLove that you were able to vote!!!\r\n\r\nI'm so grateful you could join me yesterday for Table Talk. I woke up soooo crabby yesterday morning. Then, I spoke with you--you turned my day around immediately. :)