More about Brian
Brian started on Nexium for reflux 15 years ago, and a few years later was prescribed Micardis for high blood pressure, both of which he still takes along with OsteoEze (glucosamine) for his suspected arthritis.
In 2000, Brian was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and started on tablets to control his blood sugar. He began insulin a year ago, after resisting his specialist’s suggestion for four years because he didn’t like the idea of needles and the procedures associated with insulin. He saw a diabetes educator for a month who taught him how to use his insulin pen, monitor his blood sugar and adjust his insulin dose and found this very helpful.
Since he started on insulin he feels a lot better. At first he found it a little difficult to remember to give himself injections, and was embarrassed injecting himself in public, but he is over that now. Eating at restaurants can be difficult as Brian is meant to give himself insulin 10 minutes before he eats and he is never sure when his meal will arrive. After a year, although it is a lot easier, Brian feels he is still learning to adjust his insulin according to his diet.
Brian’s asthma was diagnosed around 2002. Since he started on puffers (Seretide and Ventolin), his asthma hasn’t affected him much, especially since he started using a spacer with his inhalers to make sure he gets the full dose of medicine with each puff.
Brian finds being on so many medicines a challenge, especially having to stick to a routine for his diabetes medicines and having to test his blood sugar at around the same time each day. If he doesn’t follow his usual regimen, he sometimes forgets to take his medicines. Mornings are generally easy, but evenings are harder, especially if Brian is out and suddenly decides to eat dinner away from home as he doesn’t usually carry his insulin or other medicines with him. Brian has a big black case for his medicines which is on a shelf at eye level and is the first thing he sees when he gets up, and he leaves his blood monitoring and insulin equipment out at night to remind him the next morning. A while ago, Brian ran out of his Zocor tablets for his cholesterol and completely forgot about them for a few months until his specialist noticed his bloods fats were very high and asked Brian whether he was still taking his medication.
Sometime Brian finds it difficult managing his medicines when travelling, especially on planes when he might need to get his medicines from the overhead locker, ask for water to take his tablets or use his insulin in public.
Brian is very trusting of doctors and doesn’t query his doctor if a new medicine is suggested. He hopes that doctors are responsible when prescribing medicines and only start absolutely essential new medicines.
While Brian dislikes feeling that his wellbeing depends on his medicines, he appreciates that taking his medicines means that at 75 years of age, he feels very well.