Sunday, November 6, 2011

Managing Millions of Meds

A snapshot of the various meds that Joshua uses on a (mostly) daily basis

My son is a medically complex guy. Part of his brain disorder means that his pituitary gland doesn't work well. We give him pills and a shot every day so that he will have the hormones that his body needs but does not naturally produce. It turns out that having your hormones off-kilter means that there are a lot of random other things that can go wrong with your body. I'm not sure if Josh's plethora of other medical problems come from his hypopanpituitarism or just because he's a complex kid. All I know is that I made a list of his medical doctors the other day and this is the list that I came up with:

Ear, Nose and Throat specialist
Sleep Disorders specialist

Additionally, most of these specialists are seen at our local Children's Hospital, which is a world class hospital but also a teaching hospital. This means that each specialty clinic has a team of attending physicians and a group of residents and fellows that often see, follow, and manage meds for Josh. This means that many of these specialties has at least 3-5 different physicians that I interact with.

It's definitely been a brain stretching experience for me to learn to manage all of Joshua's medical needs. In fact, when I think about the reality that this is what I do (almost always) accurately and successfully every day, I am impressed. In college it took all the skills I had to keep track of my own purse and backpack. I've never been a detail oriented person. It was a joke among my friends about how messy my room was and how I was always forgetting things. I guess you do what you have to do and stretch how you need to stretch to love the people that God has put in your life.