Peter S: Family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances – Talking to children about medicines

Listen to patients and health professionals speak about their experience with taking multiple medicines.

Peter S
Age at interview: 60
Number of medicines: 18
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian

Peter S believes it was an advantage that his daughters grew up understanding about his medicines.

The other thing which we had which was good is that our girls were about three and four, so they were sort of growing up learning about syringes and medication and stuff like that, so they knew that they or their friends were not to play with Dad’s syringes or play with the medicines in the fridge type of thing. They often used to race up to see who could prick my finger first and who could actually give the injection and stuff like that, so from that point of view it’s probably very educational for our girls. Actually when their friends used to come over and they’d see me injecting they’d say what’s your Dad doing? Oh, he’s diabetic, he’s just having some insulin, blah, blah, blah.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.