This post is a public-service announcement about medication. It is always important to check your medication, people. I should know this because my sister is a pharmacist, but even I am bad about checking my meds as I leave the pharmacy.
Thankfully, this wasn’t a life-threatening situation for me, but this really could have affected my treatment plan.
As you know, I was on 1/4 of the pig for a couple of months. My doctor gave me two months of prescription for this when I saw him in October, so I actually had a little left over when I saw him a couple of weeks ago and he upped my dosage.
I had been taking the pig in the morning, literally as soon as I woke up. My mornings go like this now:
- Alarm goes off. Spoon Mr Hall. Detach Athena from my mouth and roll on my back.
- Ask Mr Hall for my basal thermometer. Take my temp while Athena attempts to sleep on my neck. Why does she want to lay on my face?
- Note temperature and get out of bed, repeating the number over and over as I go to the bathroom.
- Turn on one of the lights and open pill container. Take one out, place in mouth, chew, drink water and swallow.
- Shuffle out to hallway, scoop litter, record temperature in iPhone app.
This has been my routine for two months. Until yesterday, when I made a scary discovery. This week, I am trying a “split dose” plan where I take 1/4 pig before breakfast and 1/4 pig after lunch. The idea is that it gives you a more consistent dose of T3 during the day, which is a very quickly absorbed hormone. Some people swear by this, but I wonder if it’s going to be a pain in my butt to eat lunch, set a timer for two hours and then take my medication in the middle of a meeting at work.
But I digress.
So I was filling up a pill container yesterday morning before leaving the house and I went to get the prescription bottle from the bathroom. I had just picked up my new prescription for two 1/4 pigs a day and had dumped the other bottle into the new one, since it was all 1/4 grain tablets.
As I’m standing in the kitchen, I pour out a few into my hand and realize, huh, there are a few pills that are bigger than the others. I wonder why.
So I examine them more closely. I notice that the big ones say N on one side and 050 on the other. The small pills say N and 025, respectively.
Now, I’m no pharmacist, but I realize at this point that I’ve got a few 1/2 grain tabs in my bottle. How could this be? And then I figure it out. I have been taking 1/2 a pig for the past few weeks. I had no idea because I was just taking it in the morning and not actually looking at the pills.
Crap! Now what? I just supposedly got “increased” to 1/2 a pig last week. I check the old bottle and it says it’s a 1/4 grain. Pharmacy error!
I called my doctor and spoke to his nurse this morning to ask what I should do. Am I supposed to take one full grain now? 3/4 a pig? Help!
Of course, this turned into a large comedy of errors on the phone as I tried to explain this. Yes, Dr. Gent put me on 1/4 grain. Yes, he wanted me to up it to 1/2 grain. I’ve already been taking 1/2 grain but I’m not sure for how long. No, the pharmacy did not label the bottle wrong. They put the wrong pills in there. No, I didn’t bother to look. I know.
I finally got a call back and he wants me to up to 3/4 a pig daily. I can either take it all at once or three times a day. Or two. A new prescription has been called in to CVS, so I need to pick it up tonight. Now I have both 1/2 pig and 1/4 pig pills.
You’d better believe I will be checking them very carefully before I walk out of the store.
Lesson learned- always check your medication at the counter!