So I turned the calendar and it was 2010. Each year it is the same: I suddenly realize how messy my house is and go into clean up mode. I throw away the old calendar and put away the holiday decorations. One day, I decided it was time to clean up the over flowing cabinet where I keep the medication. Over the course of the year, the cabinet gets stuffed with prescription medications, used ace bandages and over the counter medication. So I took everything out and piled it on the counter. I checked expiration dates and threw out the outdated medications. All of the little stray bandages and samples were organized and placed in plastic bags or bins. Once I got rid of the old medication, empty boxes and other junk that somehow migrated into the cabinet, there was more room. Now it was possible to open the cabinet without having a box or bottle jump out and attack me. I was so happy. I made everyone look at the cabinet and admire it. They all acted impressed to appease me and turned away before I could seem them rolling their eyes. That’s ok. I can deal with their lack of enthusiasm.
A week later, one of my teens with acid reflux asked where the antacid was. She had eaten too much delicious (but rich) food at a reception and needed some pain relief. I looked high and low in the cabinet and realized that I had tossed all of the acid reducer medication and even the Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). Then my other teen had a minor surgical procedure and was prescribed a strong pain medication. Guess what? It triggered her reflux. Still no medication. So off I went to the store to replenish the supply.
So here is what I learned: It is important to throw away expired medication. Just make sure you replace the medication you have thrown away! I guess that I didn’t realize how often the girls do need their reflux medication. They are so good about managing their symptoms through diet and careful eating that they don’t need to take daily medication. At the same time, they are old enough to take over the counter reflux medication without asking me so I don’t have a good sense of how much they are using. I am so pleased that their medication needs have changes so much that now the medication expires before it is used up. Quite a change from the earlier days!
Published On: January 20, 2010