Saturday, February 28, 2009


Now that I have your attention.....

We have been talking about the number of drugs we take presently and what our future drug list MIGHT look like...

I am presently taking:

Norvasc 10mg 1xdaily for High Blood Pressure
Hyzaar 100-25 1xdaily for High Blood Pressure
Zocor 20mg 1xdaily for High Cholesterol
Levothyroxine 150mcg 1xdaily for an under-active thyroid
Metformin 500mg 2xdaily (1 in AM and 2 in PM) for Diabetes
Januvia 100mg 1xdaily for Diabetes
Lovaza 1gr 1xdaily for High Cholesterol (this is a prescription fish oil)
Celebrex 200mg 1xdaily for Arthritis
Ultram ER 100mg 1xdaily for Arthritis
Darvocet 100-650 as needed for Knee Pain
Doxycycline 50mg 1 every other day for Map-Dot-Fingerprint Dystrophy (eye condition)
Amerge 2.5mg as needed for Migraines
Assorted Tylenol, Aleve, Ibuprofen for general aches and pains -- several daily
Multi-vitamin (when I remember it) 1 daily

I take a butt-load of crap, but Tom takes more (and will be posted later). I expect to lose/reduce the Metformin, Januvia, Celebrex, Zocor, Norvasc, Hyzaar, Darvocet, Amerge, Doxycycline, assorted over-the-counter pain meds.

I will need to take for the rest of my life Centrum Silver chewable, a Calcium Citrate chewable, B-12, Actigal (to prevent gall stones).

I need to remove all carbonated, caffeinated, sugary (already done) beverages from my life. I will need to drink 48-64 ounces of liquid daily to maintain good hydration. I will need to consume 60-80 grams of protein daily in 5-6 small (less than a third of a cup) meals without liquid immediately before, during and immediately after. All meats, when reintroduced to my diet, will need to be extremely lean & finely chopped and chewed FOREVER before swallowing.

I look forward to the loss of the medications. I am mourning the loss of my beloved Diet Mountain Dew for my morning drives to work....but consider it a small price to pay for the new and improved ME!


1 comment:

Tangerine Tease said...

I so admire you T! You have such a positive outlook and attitude. I wish my hearing aid patients had 1/10th of your make up! Pts like you are fun to work with and a joy to watch blossom.

I am sure you will be a great partner and comfort to Tom on this journey. I have heard a hard part of it for many is the sense of being alone, and that no one else really "gets" what it's like to go through the surgery and recovery. You will have each other in this, and the support of Sue to boot.

This is a winning combination!