Pay More Attention! Don’t Shift to Automatic in Retirement!

Don’t get into the habit of doing everything automatically – anytime!

And if you’re already there – like I was – take heed:

Today I woke up at 9:30 a, and of course went to be relieved. I didn’t really feel rested, so thought I’d just lay down for another 10 minutes. Next time I opened my eyes, the clock said 11:25 – woops – really, it’s time to get up…past time in fact!

Dick had gotten up as usual around 8:30, had breakfast with Griffy, had closed our bed room door so I could sleep later, and after catching up on the news, headed out to the woodshop.

Back to me – I really just wanted to lay back down again, and I started wondering why I felt so drained. After having a big cup of coffee and a Toast’em, and heading back to the bedroom to wash and get dressed, for what was left of the day, I glanced at my pill case that stays on our vanity. I stopped short –oh geez – finally dawned on me. My back Doctor had upped the strength of my Gabapentin. I had been taking 3 capsules, 100mg, morn and night. But on my last visit, my Doc said (yeah, now I remember) let’s just get you a prescription for 300mg strength capsules and then you only have one of those pills to get down morn and night. Good idea. I had picked up the prescription, had come home and had replaced the 100 strength for the 300 strength capsules and… promptly put the whole matter out of my mind.

So for the last four days, I have been taking 900mg’s morn and night, instead of 300mg morning and night. I simply had been neglectful in noting that I only needed one pill. I’ve been taking 3 for a long time.  Now, the Doc was trying to make things easy for me – but it just didn’t stick in my brain. Well, no wonder everything seemed kind of hazy the last couple of days…probably my writing too, but, now I must write about my confusion. That way, I can hopefully get it out of my system – in two ways!USED eating at PB maz rest

When Dick came home today, right about 12 noon, I told him what I had done. And that I had already decided I needed to get out of the house, try to stay awake for a while, and maybe even have a little walk. So, we decided to drive to a Casino about half an hour away. There, I will be able to walk, keep very cool (it’s so hot now) cause they keep places like that just above freezing, and I can even stop here and there to drop a nickel or so and of course, get a nice meal. Figure if I stay awake, tonight I should have a great night’s sleep, and maybe get back to normal tomorrow.

My mistake was not all that dangerous – but it could have been. Taught me a little lesson – pay attention to the meds you are taking. Don’t just do things automatically, as I had. Repetition can mean you’re not really paying attention – at least not enough. You might even check up on your partner’s meds – can’t hurt to go over them once in a while. I know I’m going to do that from now on.

I ran across this and thought it would be fun to share – bet 99% of you can remember these times and the “five and dimes”…


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8 Responses to Pay More Attention! Don’t Shift to Automatic in Retirement!

  1. nellie jenkins

    August 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    sure do remember Woolworth’s. and several more. sure miss those stores. take good care of yourself.

  2. Ray Thompson

    August 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Yikes Barbie! That’s a lot of medication for back pain! You may not have to do that. (Yes I know most seniors take all kinds of meds.) If you haven’t heard of Juice Plus+ and it’s anti-inflamation powers then please let Darline and I explain it to you. We are putting more years in our lives and more life in our years with Juice Plus+ for the last 16 years. You can too!

    PS: This is NOT just another hype and hopium product. It is backed with more independent clinical research than any other whole food product and it is not a juice.
    PS: Darline worked at Woolworth’s when we met in 1958. We just had our 54th! :^)

  3. mary hayes

    August 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Unfortunately, most retirees take too much medicine–99% of which is nit necessary. A healthy diet –fresh food–lots of good vitamins and less visits to the Dr. are better for you. It’s never too late to give up pills—go natural–read up on line about vitamins that can correct almost all problems–every person I know takes cholesterol meds when they should take Red Yeast Rice and COQ10. I am 72 and take about 13 vitamins a day–no meds–it really works

  4. Barbie


    August 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Yeah – sadly it is a lot of meds – I’ve had two surgeries. So, pain management lets me get through the day. We do take our vitamins and minerals too – do think those are important. But, sometimes, the meds are what’s left.

  5. Jeo

    September 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    In retirement, the power of thought begins its downward spiral. This in turn induces a sense of trust in the routine of life. It is quite natural to ignore something new. This ignorance in turn takes the shape of a habit. And then do we start forgetting the new things we know will even benefit us, as in your case Barbie, the schedule of intake. I don’t claim to be an accomplished psychiatrist, but this is what I feel makes way for what we call the generation gap, wherein it’s the neither generation’s fault.


    January 23, 2013 at 2:25 am

    You constructed some remarkable ideas throughout ur blog, “Pay More Attention!

  7. Rick Woodcock

    November 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

    We live half in Phoenix and half one hour north of Mazatlan. My wife has a L-4 L-5 back disc problem. MRI done in Phoenix. I not real anxious to cut but the Dr. says it should be done.
    Question, would you do it again? and where it you have it done? Mexico or US? She has no US insurance.

  8. Barbie


    November 25, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Oh My Gosh, Rick, I hesitate to tell you where to have it done – I’m sure she’s in pain. Guess it depends mainly on your finances – it could bankrupt you in the States… You have a big decision to make. Best to you and your wife!

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