smell the roses
time to time in our email group, someone mentions they
have a problem keeping track of how many dosages of
their inhaler they have used.
Now that I am retired (and getting a few more blue
hairs) I have taught myself to write everything
down. In addition to COPD, I also have type 2
diabetes. When I had to start remembering to take
pills at certain times of the day, I bought myself one
of those plastic containers with a compartment for
everyday and put the pills in at the beginning of every
month, and it really helped.
I thought it would be
nice to have a method similar to that to keep track of
my inhaler usage as well, so I came up with a chart
that I print up every month.
I keep the chart pages in a binder near my medication and when I
use the inhaler, I write down the time; then at bedtime,
I total up the number of the dosages that I used during
the day and add that number to a
running total. This method tells me two important
things. One, how long has it been since I used the
inhaler last, since it must be a minimum of four hours
between applications, and two, how many dosages of the
inhaler have I used, so I know when to start a new one,
and most importantly when to go to the drugstore to
renew my prescription.
If this isn't clear, I put together an example
page of how I use the chart.
So if you are like me, and the memory isn't what it
used to be, print out the blank
chart and track your inhaler usage, or if you wish,
you can download and save a pdf
file to have on your own computer.
I hope I
have finally been able to give something back to this
wonderful support group. I can never thank you all for sharing all your
information, your experiences, and encouragement.
It makes a real difference to know you are sharing this
experience with so many other people.
|Thank you all,
(blow out the candles)