Age at interview: 72
Number of medicines: 9
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian
Judy is not worried by the number of medicines she takes because she has great faith in her GP.
It hasn't bothered me really. I talk to people who just hate the idea of having to be on medication and avoid it like the plague, but no, the doctor says, ‘Do this’ and I do it. I don't have any problems, yeah. I wouldn't say that it was an imposition.
Has it always been that straightforward?
So starting medicines didn't pose any particular problem?
No, I don't think it did. As I said, probably the thyroid medication was the first thing and I thought ‘Oh well, if this is what I've got to do to be healthy, that's just what you do.’
What do you think has made it fairly straightforward for you to manage your medicines?
I really have no idea. I think I'm probably a fairly relaxed person and ... of myself I would say I'm not a very up and down person. I tend to ... I think I do ... other people might differ! Life, for me, mostly ... I mean everyone has dramas and traumas and things happen in their life, but day to day, I just sort of sail through and get on with it and do what needs to be done. I think, if I did have a problem, you know, any problems with it that might be different. It wasn't until we talked about it that I realised that I don't.