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On taking medication

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Growing up I fell sick quite regularly. Generally around the time the season changed. Blame it on my overly sensitive sinuses or later on, the pollution in India. Or just maybe the fact that medical help was readily available 24×7 at the hands of my dad.

I can still clearly remember the taste of antibiotics {in syrup form} and cough syrups. Some were like strawberry. Others like orange. And one of my favourites was an antibiotic that tasted quite sweet. So needless to say, I had no issues falling sick and being pampered and looked after. But then, there came a time when dad decided I could move on from syrups to tablets.

The first time a tablet touched my tongue, I threw up.

Right there on the floor.

So my parents tried again. This time, crushing the tablet into powdered form and getting me to swallow it with some milk.

The result?

I threw up again.

When I think back now, I think tablets powdered are so much worse than taken whole. Because the taste is longer lasting and it takes ages to get down your throat.  Yet, for some reason, I notice that when easing people into taking tablets, crushing them seems to be the way to go. Go figure!

Anyway, following the failure of the powdered form, it was decided to break the tablet into smaller pieces. And that seemed to work. Sort of. Apart from gagging through most of it, nothing came back out.

Success!

It still took me a while before I got the hang of tablets. I remember still begging to having the antibiotic in syrup form. After all, if you have something that sweet, why in the world would you want something bitter instead?

Luckily for me and I guess mum and dad, the gagging reflex reduced and within no time, I became a pro when I had to take an aspirin. It held me in good stead given my tendency to develop sniffles and sore throats. And later, stomach cramps every single month. I guess I was just fortunate to not have lower back pain in addition to everything else I had!

I think my parents later worried that I reached out for tablets a bit too easily. Stomach cramps? Yes please. Headache? Yes please. Sore throat? Yes please! And well, they started to recommend I ease up on the same.

Over the years I have eased up a bit. For instance, if I have headaches, I will wait it out for a while. I will try with coffee or water or tea {depending on the cause} first before I reach for a pain killer. With a slight sore throat, I might try garlic, ginger, honey and tea. Before I see the doctor for antibiotics. Unlike some of my friends though, I think I still prefer medications over herbal remedies. It just might be the early training I’ve had to show it is effective!

Let’s just say, I’m glad I got over the gagging when it came to taking tablets!

Because I doubt I would have gotten through those stomach cramps throughout high school and uni without them!

What about you?

How easy was it for you to take tablets?

Do you reach for medications straight away or wait it out with natural remedies?

Do share!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Titaxy
    12 November 2013 at 1:36 am

    it’s the opposite for me. i almost never took that much meds. mostly because i may not have fallen sick that often, partly also because parents are’t too fond of it. even now, i am not for taking meds all that much. only the monthly back pain is really bad, but i still try not to take them unless and until it gets out of control. i do try herbal stuff for cold/sore throat and stuff and thankfully it works out most times than not.

  • Titaxy
    12 November 2013 at 1:36 am

    it’s the opposite for me. i almost never took that much meds. mostly because i may not have fallen sick that often, partly also because parents are’t too fond of it. even now, i am not for taking meds all that much. only the monthly back pain is really bad, but i still try not to take them unless and until it gets out of control. i do try herbal stuff for cold/sore throat and stuff and thankfully it works out most times than not.

  • missRBit
    14 November 2013 at 12:31 am

    I haven’t read your blog in so long and when I finally did I laughed out loud at this post. I STRUGGLED with tablets in pretty much exactly the way you did and used to throw up all the time. Small pieces were the go for me too haha. I can swallow them now but always stand near a sink, just in case haha. 😉

  • missRBit
    14 November 2013 at 12:31 am

    I haven’t read your blog in so long and when I finally did I laughed out loud at this post. I STRUGGLED with tablets in pretty much exactly the way you did and used to throw up all the time. Small pieces were the go for me too haha. I can swallow them now but always stand near a sink, just in case haha. 😉