Tylenol

LilMagill

Tylenol

LilMagill
pills_medicationA couple months (?) ago, when Mom was taking Tylenol for bladder pain, I ended up taking it upstairs because she couldn't keep track of when she'd last taken it or how many she was supposed to take. The regular meds that go in the pill caddy is still a functioning system, but I don't think she can self-medicate safely outside of that system.

Tonight I was out practicing music for a couple of hours. When I got home around 10:00, my son ran outside to say, "Grandma says she won't go to bed until she gets some Tylenol." So I grabbed a pill (arthritis strength, so just one) and hurried downstairs. She was angry. She said, "Why didn't you bring the bottle?" And I reminded her I'd taken it upstairs because she'd had trouble remembering when to take it. Almost, but not quite cursing (because she never curses), "I wanted to take two!" And I had to explain that she could only have one of the arthritis strength every six hours. She said she's going to go to the store and get her own bottle.

I apologized a LOT for not being there when she needed me. I promised we would figure out a system. But I understood her anger. She needed pain relief and it was being withheld from her. I would be angry too. I'm not sure how to make it work, how to give her both the control she wants and the protection she needs.

I'm thinking about putting one Tylenol in the bottle and taking it downstairs and checking it every morning and evening. But my son pointed out that if she doesn't remember what time of day she took it, I might end up giving her a new one to take too soon. I don't know. My husband suggested giving her a bottle of placebos - he said buy capsules, take them apart, and replace the insides with sugar or something. And if she is in a lot of pain, I can offer the extra-strength ones that I keep upstairs.

Another answer is to make sure somebody is with her at all times, but I want to put off that eventuality as long as possible. But I'm feeling sad and guilty tonight, thinking of her in pain and helpless because of me. Also, this pain issue is really frustrating! She has recurring pain in her lower belly - it feels like her bladder. It comes and goes and fluctuates in intensity, but the doctor couldn't find any explanation for it.