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Old 09-22-2012, 12:52 PM   #3281
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Medication Lists, folks. It's important for you to have with you, at all times, a list of your medications. There's nothing worse than trying to remember your meds telling the emergency room nurse what you take as you are experiencing a heart attack!!!

I keep an up to date list on the computer and make several copies, when folded in half they are the size of a credit card. I print them out on colored paper so they are easy to spot and keep them in my wallet. Then I can hand folks a copy when they ask and always have a reference.
I think this is an excellent idea and one I will implement.

But, that doesn't address the issue. I think it is irresponsible for the doctor to rely on the patient's memory for the dosage.

When I call my doctor to have a 'script renewed she asks which medication. She checks my file to see if I need to see her before it is refilled, while I am on the phone.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:01 PM   #3282
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Medication Lists, folks. It's important for you to have with you, at all times, a list of your medications. There's nothing worse than trying to remember your meds telling the emergency room nurse what you take as you are experiencing a heart attack!!!

I keep an up to date list on the computer and make several copies, when folded in half they are the size of a credit card. I print them out on colored paper so they are easy to spot and keep them in my wallet. Then I can hand folks a copy when they ask and always have a reference.

I take a bunch of meds and bring a printed list to medical appts. Leading up to this surgery, I had to repeat the list several times. Once, in the ortho Dr's office I suggested they get them online. They did with no problem. On a registration phone call for the surgery, I had to list them again. Then when I got to the hosp., they asked me to list them AGAIN! I refused so the woman said OK, I have them online.

That is just laziness in my opinion.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:03 PM   #3283
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I think this is an excellent idea and one I will implement.

But, that doesn't address the issue. I think it is irresponsible for the doctor to rely on the patient's memory for the dosage.

When I call my doctor to have a 'script renewed she asks which medication. She checks my file to see if I need to see her before it is refilled, while I am on the phone.
I agree, the doctor's records should be up to date as well, after all they are the ones doing the ordering. I find CinderCat's and Chopper's experiences deplorable. All anyone should have to say is the name of the medication, it's up to the MD to order the correct dosage, not the patient to tell them.

I don't expect the Doctor to know I am taking x, but I DO expect them to have it in their records for reference.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:06 PM   #3284
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I called my doctor's office yesterday to have them fax a new script for my thyroid med to Express Scripts. They wouldn't do it until I told them what the dosage was on the bottle. I couldn't remember & didn't have the bottle with me at work. They refused to use the computer sitting in front of them to find the last script they faxed. So I checked the bottle last night. When I called back they were closed. They close at 11:30 AM on Fridays. Now I have to remember to call during the school day Monday before they close. At this rate I'll run out before they fax it. I can't believe I have to tell them the dosage! What if the pharmacy gave me the wrong dose last time? I'd never know. I thought the doctor was responsible for maintaining accurate records & prescribing meds. What would they do if I told them the wrong dosage, order what I said or what their records said? Such a STUPID policy!
I'm thinking it's a checks and balances thing, to make sure you are who you say you are, and not just trying to get high on someone else's thyroid meds. But utterly frustrating and stupid nonetheless.

I remember when DH tried to pick up my blood pressure meds for me that I had called in, they wouldn't let him have them, I can't remember why. I called the pharmacy and complained, and they've been cooperative ever since.
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I take a bunch of meds and bring a printed list to medical appts. Leading up to this surgery, I had to repeat the list several times. Once, in the ortho Dr's office I suggested they get them online. They did with no problem. On a registration phone call for the surgery, I had to list them again. Then when I got to the hosp., they asked me to list them AGAIN! I refused so the woman said OK, I have them online.

That is just laziness in my opinion.
It is laziness, they have the records and it's not a hardship to look them up.

I like my pharmacy, they fax the MD and ask for refill orders, I don't have to do that. If the doc needs to see me I get a call from the nurse to set up an appointment, but my meds are refilled for at least another month.
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Medication Lists, folks. It's important for you to have with you, at all times, a list of your medications. There's nothing worse than trying to remember your meds telling the emergency room nurse what you take as you are experiencing a heart attack!!!

I keep an up to date list on the computer and make several copies, when folded in half they are the size of a credit card. I print them out on colored paper so they are easy to spot and keep them in my wallet. Then I can hand folks a copy when they ask and always have a reference.
Until my phone died a couple weeks ago I had all my meds listed in the notes section under my doctor's name, the pharmacy name & my parent's ICE listing in my phone contacts. This temporary phone doesn't have a notes section. I even had a "medical" grouping in my phone so they would be easy to find. I get a new phone in a couple more weeks so I'll be sure I have a way to keep a list available. I always have my phone - I don't always have my purse.
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I'm thinking it's a checks and balances thing, to make sure you are who you say you are, and not just trying to get high on someone else's thyroid meds. But utterly frustrating and stupid nonetheless.

I remember when DH tried to pick up my blood pressure meds for me, they wouldn't let him have them, I can't remember why. I called the pharmacy and complained, and they've been cooperative ever since.
If it were just checks and balances, they wouldn't have given a 'script for the wrong dosage.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:22 PM   #3288
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I'm thinking it's a checks and balances thing, to make sure you are who you say you are, and not just trying to get high on someone else's thyroid meds. But utterly frustrating and stupid nonetheless.
There are other things in my file that they could have asked to confirm my identity. DOB, emergency contact, address, phone number, last 4 digits of SS# ... any of these I'd know easily. Anyone who found an empty prescription bottle would have dosage & address. That's why I try to remove labels from discarded bottles.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:33 PM   #3289
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There are other things in my file that they could have asked to confirm my identity. DOB, emergency contact, address, phone number, last 4 digits of SS# ... any of these I'd know easily. Anyone who found an empty prescription bottle would have dosage & address. That's why I try to remove labels from discarded bottles.
True. Then they're just plain lazy. I too remove labels, and shred anything with private info.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:49 PM   #3290
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Until my phone died a couple weeks ago I had all my meds listed in the notes section under my doctor's name, the pharmacy name & my parent's ICE listing in my phone contacts. This temporary phone doesn't have a notes section. I even had a "medical" grouping in my phone so they would be easy to find. I get a new phone in a couple more weeks so I'll be sure I have a way to keep a list available. I always have my phone - I don't always have my purse.
Do you drive without your driver's license? I always have my wallet, if not a purse. The small copies of meds are easy to stash in a wallet. And as you have discovered, sometimes something goes awry with a phone. Paper Rules!
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