REAL PATIENTS: Treatment

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I think it, all and all, it’s very important to follow your doctor’s instructions.

He was the first one to give me medication for my cholesterol.

I take, like, 8 medications. Plus I take Fish Oil.

The doctors experimented with the type of cholesterol medication.

But we monitored that for a while.

So I asked the doctor, well I can tolerate both of those very well, and one's not a statin, one is, what about taking some of each? And that’s what we did, and that’s what I’m still taking.

I think it’s extremely important to make sure you maintain your medication.

And I have a ritual. I have my morning ones and I have my afternoon ones. When I travel I have the little things and I preset enough for the length of the trip plus 3 more days.

Do it the way you’re supposed to. You know, just stick to the plan — the program.

On my cell phone, for the evening ones, I have an alarm.

There was a time when I didn’t take my cholesterol medication cause I had run out and it was one of those things like, “Oh I’ll call and refill it, I'll call...” and I didn’t do that for about 3 weeks.

And it’s not an option. It’s common sense.

But I wasn’t sleeping properly. I felt more irritated in the mornings, you know, and finally I said, “You know, I think I need to get back on my medicine,” I just wasn’t feeling well.

My life depends upon taking that medication and I’m glad to have it.

I always ask a doctor when I’m about to get a medication, “What does it do?”

All the medications have side effects.

Fatigue. Much fatigue and I saw a little extra weight gain there, but it slowed my heart beat down and it helped my hot flashes, so it was a good side-effect but pretty much just fatigue and getting used to it.

Everything they have given me is 1 a day and I have been taking them now for a long time, and I feel wonderful!

I’m chemically dependent on a lot of different medications and I’m very thankful for that. And I’m still mobile. I can still get around. I can still do things and I’m very grateful for that.