However, I learned the importance of remembering my medication once I started getting migraines. If I forgot to take the medicine that prevented them, I suffered the consequences. Somehow pain helps a girl get her priorities straight, know what I mean? Here is what pain taught me about taking medication:
1. It's important to put Your Medication in a Place You Can See It
It took me a long time to find the perfect spot for my medicine, but I finally figured it out. I'm sure visitors find it quite strange to reach for coffee in my house and grab a bottle of medicine instead, but hey, whatever works, right? Since my muscles can't seem to get moving in the morning without a pep-talk from caffeine, I seldom get a migraine now.
The important thing when choosing a place for your medication is making sure it's a spot that fits your lifestyle and your schedule. My husband keeps his medicine by the sink, so he can take his pills before he brushes his teeth. My daughter keeps hers in her purse, so if she has to hurry out of the house in the morning (which is often the case,) she will have them with her. Find a spot that works best for you.
2. It's crucial to Remember the Purpose of Medication: It's there to Keep You Healthy
Once I realized how helpful my medicine was, it was easier to take it. I could actually take it without gagging, which is a feat worthy of a gold medal if you ask me. Now I'm proud to say I'm pain-free...healthy, happy, and ready to take on the world.
What about you, my friend? Wasn't there a reason you were given that medicine? Remembering the healing it brings may help you be able to swallow it easier. No, it's not fun, but it will ensure you get the best results from your treatment plan, which is what we both want. It's important you get healthy.
(Yes, even if it means having less room in your cupboards for coffee. The world needs you more than it needs caffeine. And that means something coming from a girl who's married to her coffee cup in the morning.)