An Open Letter to My Health – With Love the Perscription You Stopped Taking

Dear, Insert Name: ______ D.O.B: ________ Prescription Valid through:

Signature, _______________

 

Hey… it’s me. That voice you have been neglecting for… oh, a couple days, weeks, months now. Remember me? No? Well you should. I’ve only nagged you every day from your medicine cabinet since … forever! 

I mean how could you forget me…

I remember the first day you took me home, the light of the world filtering through my white paper bag. I was finally leaving the pharmacy and I was just so darn glad I wouldn’t have to listen to Phil from Weymouth complain anymore. I remember the cashier, Denise, asked you if you had any questions – you said no – and I thought … wow … the other medications in the cabinet must love you – how will I ever be able to compete for your affection? Then [of course] you drove us home and the first thing you did was place me gently on the table.

Your kids ran to you, jumping up and down, so excited and for a moment I felt like “this is the place I have always dreamed of being”. I never knew if would go downhill from there.

Don’t worry. We can fix this.

Did you know that you are part of the 50% of people who stop taking their medication six months after it is prescribed? Well, you are. See, a big issue a lot of people fail to realize is the serious neglect that patient’s give to their doctor’s orders. And you aren’t the only one, but this issue is one we need to face head-on, together.

Look, I know I am not as cute as the gummy vitamins your kids take, or the Flintstone chewable you wish you were still young enough to use – but I just want to keep you healthy. So, let’s tackle this together, one day at a time.

With love,

The prescription you stopped taking.


Back to reality – looking at the gravity of the situation

When looking at the population, considering fifty percent has a condition that requires management, it is inherently disheartening to note that most people stop taking their required medications six months into being given the prescription. As someone who has seen loss I know the power of a doctor’s orders. Following regimens can not only lengthen your life, but guarantee that your families get to be taken care of in a way that only you know how.

Why we stop

When some of us stop taking medicine, it’s because we don’t believe in it anymore. We think that it did its job, served its purpose, and that we got better. In all honesty, six months is a long time to keep up with something. Six months is over one hundred and fifty days of non-stop dedication and, personally, I know how much life can change in that time. But it doesn’t have to. If the average person gives up taking a medication in six months what is their real reasoning? Is it too costly, are the side effects too troublesome, are you not improving, or are you improving? Obviously, this will change case-by-case but the fact that it is so common is troubling because giving up and having your doctor tell you that you can stop – those are two different things.

giving medicine a voice – if prescriptions could speak

When I imagine a pill bottle speaking, it sounds like mickey mouse. It’s voice is high and it is accompanied by whistles and a steam engine. When I imagine my medicine speaking to me it makes me laugh, it makes me smile – and it isn’t something I have to take seriously. But my condition management, on the other hand, is something I do take seriously. In my home I am one-third of a rickety tricycle. If something happens to one of the wheels, the whole thing falls apart and I know as a daughter, a sister, a niece, a friend and an employee that managing myself is far more important to others than it is me.