Many have been hurt by medications. There are those life ending treatments. There are accidents. It doesn’t matter what remote or near number in the chance-line the side effect has to the victim or the survivors. They happened and they happen.
If you are a survivor of something like this, if your child died or your mother almost did, if you lost your favorite thing in life – lost what you identified yourself by or if you were changed without being asked, you know what I am talking about.
How do you come back after that? How do you endure opening your pill dispenser on Wednesday, on Thursday, every week, every day, how do you take medications when they are prescribed?
On my end as a physician, each prescription is a choice. Each prescription carries the bit I am allowed to participate in. Signing my name, I am saying with the informed patient, that the benefits outweigh the risks.
When you take your medications, know that you are not alone. Know that you are doing this with numbers of other courageous people taking their medications. Know that your physician, with the research behind this, with the high numbers of other persons generous enough to enroll themselves in those medication trials before the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved it. Know that the FDA is with you and know that the benefits out weigh the risks for you. That you decided the benefits are greater than the risks means you know what they are and you are choosing to take care of yourself.
If we are not taking our medication because the fear precludes it, we can do better than that for ourselves. We can choose not to take it without being chosen by fear. On the flip side, we can choose to take medication without being chose by fear. Being chosen by fear hurts us too.
Self-Care Tip: Go into the space of where your fears are and let it lose power over you.
Questions: How do you claim your freedom to choose when it comes to something as complicated and scary as medication? Please tell us your story.
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- Taking your meds can save money, hospital trips (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Pharmacy Errors: Swallowing the Wrong Pill (abcnews.go.com)
- More Accidental Drug Poisonings of Children (well.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Recovery Bill of Rights for Trauma Survivors (survivorsguide.wordpress.com)
- PTSD and Choosing Not to Be A Victim (friendtoyourself.com)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Running Your Life? (healmyptsd.com)