I have been prescribed medications to treat my allergies for years, I think since my sophomore year of college. I have also been... non compliant for years then one day I woke up and decided I didn't want to suffer anymore so started taking my medications.
Well it didn't really happen like that. I actually started becoming compliant when I began taking OCPs--oral contraceptive pills. Since, I was taking OCPs daily it made it easier for me to take my allergy medications too. To my surprise, when I started taking my allergy pills, some of my symptoms decreased and most resolved. Wow! I could not believe that I suffered for all those years for no reason.
Although, I am better at taking my allergy pills, I do sometimes forget to take them especially on the days when I don't take the "inert (or sugar) pills" from my OCP packet. I also neglect to take my allergy medicine when I have no water available at the time, but I still swallow my OCP without thinking twice about water.
I say this all to let you know about my dislike for taking medications. However, since I started taking OCPs (about 2 months before I got married), my OCPs and I have been best friends. It goes everywhere I go. I never forget to check to make sure everything is going OK. I almost never miss a date with my OCP and when I do, I worry. I seriously worry.
I was inspired to write this blog today because I got up pretty early, went to the gym, grabbed breakfast then went to grab for my OCP and my little friend was not there. I knew exactly where it was and I was so frustrated. Partially freaked out, I tried to calm down as I thought about whether I should risk missing a pill or be late for work. Pill vs. Work. Ummm, let's just say, I did not want to take the risk so I had to go home and get my best friend. Luckily, I also made it on time to work.
After this happened, I was thinking more about how difficult it may be for me to separate from/stop my birth control pills when my hubby and I decide to start trying to have a little booger of our own. Man, I have been telling people over the last few days to weeks how mentally prepared I am and how next year will be a good year. Does this mean, I may not be ready? I don't think so, I am mentally ready but we do have a tentative OCP stop date in mind and it is not today or tomorrow!
I would love to know your OCP story if you have one!