...or The Blessing and the Curse of Medication
At 70 pounds overweight and with a list of health problems, I'm in trouble. I alternatively freak out that I'm dying or pretend that everything's ok and I can just ignore this impossible situation. Because it's been impossible to solve, or at least it feels that way.
The doctor says, "we see this problem is creeping up on you, take this medication". A few years later I explain another problem, it's another medication. Then another...and another...and another...
Today's medical science is an amazing bracha (blessing).
There are multiple medicines for treating every condition and even for conditions we never knew existed before. And many of
these medications are increasing lifespans. With life
expectancy around age 80 in most of the Western World, medications
dealing with blood pressure and cholesterol and blood sugar, and so
forth, are a major part of this increase. But...
I'm a seemingly normal average middle aged guy, and I'm taking 5 pills when I wake up, 1 at lunch time, and 4 before I go to bed. How did I get here? Is all this really necessary?
And with all this medication, am I ok? I don't feel ok. Definitely feel NOT OK.
Every medication comes with it's blessing, what it does, and it's CURSE. The curse is side effects, interactions, restrictions, and cost.
Dry mouth, dizziness, sleep disturbance, frequent urination, sudden thirst, itchiness, swelling feet, burst capillaries... after taking more than two medications, it becomes hard to know what's a symptom and what's a side affect.
And it's also EXPENSIVE (even with a good health plan, even in a socialized medicine country).
Is my sudden thirst a medicine side effect, or a sign I've become diabetic? Are hot flashes a hormonal problem, or a med? How do I figure it out?
Am I deathly ill, or suffering drug interactions, or both? I'm very confused.
...to be continued after Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom.
Friday, June 13, 2014
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