“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
This is a post about stupidity. My stupidity. You may not be interested. You may think, how much stupid can one woman have in one month? I can answer that: A LOT. But I am posting this even though it makes me look like an electrified idiot because I am irritated—and to warn you, or find out if others have had this problem.
PS: this is post #3 about a complex and disturbing problem I have had for the last 10 days. Look HERE for #1 and HERE for #2. Reading this one without the others will make you crazy. Or just skip if you don’t want to know what a goofball I am right now.
My PCP told me he was starting me on 40 mg of prednisone on Friday and I was to take it once every morning. My husband picked it up later in the evening, so for Friday morning I took an equivalent dose of the Medrol pack and I would start the prednisone the next morning.
Saturday I got up early (one should take it around 6ish–bleck) and I felt terrible, so with my eyes closed from vertigo, I took one pill and popped back into bed to wait until I felt better. I was very disappointed that I didn’t get the same relief as Friday when I woke up later. I didn’t feel better until around 2pm, and gradually had improvement over the next few hours. For some reason I have fewest symptoms between 4-6 pm. So I decided to split up the dose and take 10 mg that evening, thinking that one large dose wasn’t holding me the whole 24 hours (which is sometimes needed). So I go to cut the tablet into 1/4–and realized that they are 20 mg tablets, not 40 mg tablets. The pharmacy gave me a lower dose pill, meaning that I got half the amount I should have taken that morning.
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As a nurse I always verify labels at work with the patient’s armband, It is a regulation. But I don’t at home. And I am so fuzzy right now that it never occurred to me that they would give me a different amount. For my chronic meds, I know what I should be taking, the Dr tells me what he is writing for and I simply take it.
Bad idea, especially when one takes a lot of meds.
But pharmacies should notify you if they are substituting a lower dose. I was so mad, I accidentally popped in 1 1/2 tablets into my mouth (30 mg) instead of the 1/2 tablet (10 mg) I was going to take.
I suck and my head is screwed up. I was (literally) jumping up and down FUMING at myself at this point. But then I stopped. Friday I took 40 mg, Sat AM I took only 20 mg and felt bad most of the day. Maybe I need 30 mg tonight after all. Ok, I am going with it.
And YEAH! I woke up Sunday morning with no vertigo! A little dizziness…but even with that I was doing the happy dance. So I took TWO 20 mg tablets Sunday AM and I am taking 20 mg Sun PM. I will evaluate the difference Monday between the two doses (20-30 Saturday and 40-20 Sunday). I must get this figured out ASAP! This is day 10 and let me tell you, 10 days of suddenly putting life on hold for illness is not something I have ever done, not even for cancer!
Now I have to confess all of this to my rheumatologist. It’s too confusing, so I am writing him a letter with the pertinent points. And even with that, he wont finish in the 15 allotted minutes. And charge me his normal 350.00 fee.
Sigh…but I feel better right now and that is what I am focusing on 🙂
Thank God I live now and not in an earlier century.
Hopefully, I will not have to put this on my Enviro-urn epitaph tree plaque….yet: