What does it feel like to organize your weekly pills for multiple sclerosis?
Most of us with MS rely on pharmacological assistance to make it through the day. I know taking pills by the handful is the regimen of many people, whether they are sick with multiple sclerosis or one of many other disorders. I was surprised at my own emotional reaction a few years ago when I bought a medicine box to organize all of the pills – you know those things with the flip lids. Images of elderly people needing these containers to stay ahead of terminal illness filled my brain.
Wait! I wanted to scream, I’m not that old or close to dying. The logical side of me understood that the pill organizer was important to tracking whether or not I had taken a particular dose – remembering what I had taken and when has always been a challenge. But accepting this box as part of my routine was emotionally difficult.
Once a week many of us sit down and count out the white and yellow and other colored tablets and capsules that are meant to keep us healthy; this act of communion usually took place on Sunday for me, as if it were a religious ceremony. Refilling that pill box each week was a ritual with such significance for my health that eventually it became an automatic event. I didn’t think much about it as I split those tablets into morning, noon, and night doses. I just did it because it was necessary to feed my health. All the pill-popping became a part of my persona, a scheduled reminder of the challenges that come with MS.
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