It’s so exciting to travel to new places or visit family and friends that you haven’t seen in a while. So much energy goes into the pre-planning and it doesn’t stop there. Once you begin your travels you are on the go none stop and you’re focused a bunch of things. The excursions, where are you going to eat, where you’re staying. An endless list of to-do’s from the moment you start planing until the time you arrive back home.
When you’re so busy it’s easy to become distracted and lose track of your priorities. For someone like myself who has epilepsy remembering to take my medication is vital because forgetting to take one dosage could cause me to have a seizure.
For me, the end result of having a seizure could be very serious because I go unconscious and fall to the floor. Depending on where and how I fall the severity of the injury can vary. The majority of my seizures are either complex-partial or grand-mal.
Types of Seizures
For some people, the first sign is an aura. You might notice:
- Strong emotions, like fear
- Changes in your vision — you might see colored lines or spots
- Strange feelings or thoughts, like tingling or deja vu (the sense that you’ve been in the exact same situation before, even though you haven’t)
- Commonly, an auditory hallucination (hearing a radio or something that isn’t there)
During the seizure, you may suddenly stop what you’re doing and look off into space as if you’re daydreaming. But nothing will snap you out of it. You also may start to chew, smack your lips, mumble, or do other things over and over again. You may move in a stiff, mechanical way.
Complex partial seizures usually last between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Afterward, you may be confused and tired for 15 minutes or longer. You will not remember the seizure at all. You may lose memories from before the seizure started, too.
Tonic-clonic (or grand mal) seizures are the most noticeable type of epileptic seizure. When you have this type, your body stiffens, jerks, and shakes, and you lose consciousness. They usually last 1 to 3 minutes. It’s common to bite your tongue or cheek during a grand-mal seizure.
Forgetting To Take Your Daily Dosage of Medicine
One of the most common reasons people don’t take their medication is because they simply forget. It’s very easy to become preoccupied and simply forget to take your medicine especially, when you’re traveling. For years, if I forgot to take my medicine my eye would begin to switch or my arm would shake, but as I got older my body began to change. I no longer experienced any signals that helped me to realize that I forgot to take my medicine.
One night I went out with my friends during my vacation. I had a fun time, when I came back I was tired. I couldn’t wait to hit the sack and call it night. I always remembered to take my medicine before bed like clockwork. I keep it in the bathroom by the sink, but that night I was so tired it didn’t even phase me. I took off my makeup and went straight to bed.
The next day I woke up and I was starving. I went downstairs to get breakfast and I fell to the floor and had a seizure. I realized afterward that I forgot to take my medicine. This seizure could have been prevented if I created productive ways to remind myself to take my medications.
7 Simple Ways To Remind Yourself To Take Your Medication
After that incidence, you can bet your bottom that I was going to do everything in my power to prevent forgetting my medication again. Here are some simple ways to help you remember to take your daily dosage(s) of medicine.
Get a Pillbox
I always kept my medicine in their bottles, but once I noticed I wasn’t getting any more signals to let me know that I forgot I then I purchased a pillbox so I was could keep track of all my medicine from Sunday to Saturday and I would know if I forgot a dosage.
Get a Pillbox with an Alarm
Even with a pillbox and keeping it in a spot that was visible I still managed to be forgetful, so then my husband found me a pillbox with an alarm on it. This pillbox was from getmedq.com. It has a spot for the A.M. dosage and the P.M. dosage. You’re able to set it for a time in the morning and night. It will go off until you shut it off and if you shut it off and don’t take the dosage out then the box will continue to flash until you take the medicine out. This has been very helpful and I like it better than the regular pillbox. It’s a little expensive but I rather pay the money to help remind me than forget to take my medicine and then have a seizure.
Set an Alarm On Your Cell Phone
Set the alarm on your cell phone to go off when it’s time to take your medicine. The alarm will continue to go off until you shut it off and it will tell you to take your medicine.
Download an App
Download an app like DrugStars. I have used this app on my iPhone and it works well.
Create a Daily Routine
Create a routine that works for you. For instance, for years I would wake up go to the bathroom, brush my teeth and then hop in the shower. Now I have made it a routine to go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, take my medicine and then go in the shower.
Keep It In Visible Spot
Keep your medicine in a visible spot. Put it next to the sink or on the nightstand next to you or if you’re a coffee drinker, then put it by the coffee machine so when you grab that first cup of coffee its right there in front of you.
Ask for Help
If you have a caregiver, family member, spouse or friend traveling with you ask them to help remind you, but don’t leave it all on their shoulders. Taking your medicine is your responsibility.