Ever Heard of Polypharmacy?

I used to be branded as a “walking pharmacy” but now a more proper and the right medical term has been coined – Polypharmacy. This I learned lately while reading through one of my health email alerts.

It is a condition or a situation where one is taking more than three major medicines in a day for managing various ailments in the body. The term fits me well because I take 18 types in a day, numbering all to 33, excluding the two Insulin pens.

With quite a lot of medical conditions, diagnosed one after another after cancer was discovered in my uterus via a myomectomy in October 2000, I can readily claim that what have been keeping all my diseases at bay are these various medicines I take on a daily basis. For each of the major diseases I have, I take specific medicines, prescribed by quite a number of specialists in Kuwait, and each type has different dosage and frequency. I have to be extra alert during refill time of my pill organizer! And I have to double check each bunch of the meds before imbibing them.

They all come in different sizes, shapes, colors and tastes, with Xanax (colored pink) as the most bad-tasting of all! I drink lemonade with fresh orange juice three times a day, along with specific medicines, with the after breakfast numbering most at 12. It’s quite a handful and I get to scoop them all at the same time and wash them down my throat with the juice!


These are my daily after breakfast meds, numbering all to 12. I also take two 30 minutes before and five in-between breakfast, making it all to a total of 19!

Known in social media to be health-challenged, I get to be approached regularly by various agents, each one claiming to high heavens that his or her product is the best, and it used to irritate me a lot but after discovering that my irritability is part and parcel of my bipolar disorder, I consciously tamed my bold reactions to each one of them. They can’t really be avoided because Facebook is a public portal, of which each one of the users understands that privacy is one thing which cannot be fully enjoyed.

As I continue to give more time to my blogging I will present each of my health conditions and the corresponding medicines I take, for everybody’s knowledge.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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