Last month I woke up with my third cold of the winter season. This one came with a cough, so I pulled out a full bottle of cough syrup I remembered having in my medicine cabinet. Imagine my surprise when I saw that it had expired in June of 2005! I decided it was time to do some spring cleaning of my medicine cabinet. Fortunately, I’ve recently learned some medication storage tips that will prevent me having to throw away full bottles of expired medicine and I’d like to share those with you. Tablets and Capsules Prescription or over-the-counter medication in tablet or dry capsule form can be frozen.
Wrap the tablets or capsules in plastic wrap and put them back into their original container.
Put that container in a plastic bag and seal the bag, expelling as much air as possible.
Write the date on the bag and pop it in your freezer.
Freezing your medications also “freezes” their expiration dates. For example, if your tablets h...
Definition 5-HIAA is a urine test that measures the amount of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) -- a breakdown product of a hormone called serotonin. This test tells how much 5-HIAA the body is producing. Alternative Names HIAA; 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid; Serotonin metabolite How the test is performed A 24-hour urine sample is needed. On day 1, urinate into the toilet when you get up in the morning. Afterwards, collect all urine in a special container for the next 24 hours. On day 2, urinate into the container when you get up in the morning. Cap the container. Keep it in the refrigerator or a cool place during the collection period. Label the container with your name, the date, the time of completion, and return it as instructed. For an infant, thoroughly wash the area around the urethra. Open a urine collection bag (a plastic bag with an adhesive paper on one end), and place it on the infant. For males, place the entire penis in the bag and attach the adhesive to the skin. For females, place...
I count my blessings that Multiple Sclerosis is like a fire smoldering inside of me. Seldom does it ever rage to a full-blown blaze.
With relapsing-remitting MS , it’s as though the embers continue burning underneath the surface of my skin. The numbness in my hands. Tingling in my feet. Increased levels of fatigue.
Every day I continue doing as much as I can, from working full time as a writer/editor at Central Michigan University to serving as Jennifer’s primary caregiver and running three times each week to stay healthy. I always am in tune with my body as to not stir the MS to the point it rekindles and sparks another blaze – or relapse, if you will.
But I had no choice this last week. In the same way powerful winds spread wildfires, natural elements fanned the embers of my symptoms into hard-to-control realities.
I came down with bronchitis.
Dealing with something like this is bad enough by itself, let alone adding it on top o...
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