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Agzy

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Nov 16, 2016
1,259
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
Talk about manic! On yesterday P came in from kitchen saying she was all mixed up with her tablets and boxes were scattered all over the work surfaces. Up to now she would not allow me to dole out tablets although I had given her 2 boxes labelled morning and night which she has used for a long time. Anyway I got stuck in and sorted them out and was given a weekly meds dispenser box by my daughter so I spent ages last night sorting them all out and putting into correct time/order. Stocktake shows she has over 3 months supply of meds and five boxes over 12 months old and out of date.
She also took the final antibiotic for the UTI and she seemed so much better until this morning when she was really confused so I got her to do a water sample which I took to her doctors and, as she is shaking uncontrollably and very confused again I have requested, for the 1st time in 26 years, that a doctor calls to see her and that visit should be between 12 and 2.00pm. Fingers are crossed things will be ok.
 

Grannie G

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Apr 3, 2006
71,087
Kent
My mother had a dosette box which was a nightmare. If she saw an empty space she filled it with tablets from another day.

There comes a time when medication has to be supervised. Even then it`s hit and miss.

Our grandson found some of my husband`s tablets on the ground outside the toilet window.
 

nae sporran

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Oct 29, 2014
6,793
Bristol
I collect a weekly dosette box from the pharmacy and its sealed, I keep it in a locked cupboard, though C can't reach it easily anyhow. It's sad when you have to think like that though, Agzy
I hope P is going to be ok, you are having a stressful few weeks and both need a rest.
 

jugglingmum

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Jan 5, 2014
5,737
Chester
It sounds like requesting a weekly dosette box from the pharmacy might be the way to go, as it will be sealed for each day until broken, although anitbiotics won't get added to this normally.

My mum gets 4 weeks worth issued at once, one is in her flat and the other kept in the carers safe.

If you can use this to grab the opportunity of supervised meds it might make sense - depending on how
 

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
12,178
South coast
I remember when OH reached this stage. He had a wallet containing boxes for each day of the week and he had sorted out his tablets for the coming week for years with no problems.
Then suddenly he ended up in A&E because he kept collapsing with no apparent reason and I checked the boxes in his wallet. I discovered to my horror that many days had double doses of antiepileptics and/or blood thinners, others had meds missing and that the stock of meds in boxes was just like P :eek:
After that I told a love lie (in his case because he was finding it fiddly to get the pills out of the packaging) and took over sorting and requesting his meds. I thought he would kick up a fuss, but he just accepted it and now it is the norm
 

Starbright

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Apr 8, 2018
514
I have been “In Charge” as husband calls it , of his meds for 4 years now, I realised early on when finding tablets tucked away all over the house :confused: .He does have to take numerous tablets the pill book of a weeks meds from the pharmacy is good.
A x
 

Bunpoots

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Apr 1, 2016
4,342
Nottinghamshire
When I took over overseeing dad’s medication he suddenly started having funny turns. It was eventually realised that because he hadn’t been taking his meds regularly he was on very high doses of blood pressure meds so of course his blood pressure was getting too low once he did start taking them.

In the end I kept his meds in the safe and someone responsible oversaw them.
 

jenniferjean

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Apr 2, 2016
739
Basingstoke, Hampshire
I tool over my husband's meds a few years ago having found a stock pile of them in a cupboard. I bought one of those wallets then and have dished out his tablets to him each time since. A weekly dosette box wouldn't work for him as he just wouldn't take them.
 

Izzy

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Aug 31, 2003
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Dundee
I arranged for the GPs to get my mum's and my husbands meds made up into weekly dosette packs by the pharmacist. I was then in charge of them. I couldn't believe how much time it saved me doing it all manually myself at home!

I think you're quite right to have the doctor call round. Fingers crossed as you say,
 

Agzy

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Nov 16, 2016
1,259
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
Our local NHS cannot agree how pharmacies preparing blister packs as they call them and so the majority including ours no longer do them and so now I have taken control I use one my daughter sourced.
 

Agzy

Registered User
Nov 16, 2016
1,259
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
Well the doctor duly arrived and Pauline was, at that time, quite literally shaking violently and uncontrollably through her whole body. He was really good with her and told her that he was going to give her more Antibiotics and advised paracetamol for her temperature. Showed him all the meds and he was very shocked and checked for out of dates or not relevant which was great. Later two of her lads arrived and I think were quite shocked at how bad she was and hopefully will now be more supportive of her. It was probably one of my worst days emotionally and shed a few private tears but she ( and I ) are both a lot better today although a long way from being good.
 

Izzy

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Aug 31, 2003
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Dundee
I’m glad you’re both a bit better today @Agzy. I hope you do find the lads more supportive from now on. It’s the least you both deserve.
 

Agzy

Registered User
Nov 16, 2016
1,259
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
She has spent today just lying on the couch staring vacantly in between whiles. Neither of the lads phoned or called in to see or as how she is. i am having to ‘escort’ her up the stairs (yes, it is a problem) to the bathroom as very unsteady on her feet. After years of suffering all her daytime and prerecorded TV programmes it is very weird sitting in silence as neither TV nor radio does she want on but biggest shock is she is not interested in drinking tea!! This is serious 😆 😃