surrendering to the pharmacist.

as the day draws near for the moment where we appear in a fetching (let it be a flattering shade of blue or a pale biscuit with white piping) gown and they say:

count back from ten……….can you feel this?

where are we?

and the chemicals enter our vein (it’s been such a Long Time since That Happened), we are doing the last tasks on our list before we are confined (the picture is not actually our pied a terre, it’s the james hotel in soho where we might check in for a few days just to switch up the view).

yesterday was a visit to the pharmacist.

The James Hotel, SoHo, NYC

the worst bit about the pharmacist (although they were Very Nice – we like to use our local alchemist for all matters that ail us and they also do their own line of lavender soap which is so comforting) is that we’ve never been medicated before*

*although MANY professionals have wanted to do so ;-)

so the little orange plastic bottle is waiting for us post-surgery and we’ll have to take one every day (to replicate the functions which our poor thyroid used to do before they opened up our throat, removed tobias and his sisters and take our thyroid and glands with them as they are all damaged now).

every bloody day.

can you imagine?

and if you can, can you tell us what it’s like?

not happy.


8 thoughts on “surrendering to the pharmacist.

  1. I totally get your indignation at the prospect but have been on very same one-a-day thyroxine for the past 20 odd years and find it easier to remember and take consistently than brushing my teeth! Only slight inconvenience is that you can’t eat anything for 1/2 hour after taking – food interferes with absorption. This precludes enjoying the cafe au lait and croissant brought by room service immediately upon waking. Good to have one of those pill-boxes with each day of the week so you can be sure you remembered. I know– one extra piece of equipment to lug about, but no bigger than a toothbrush. All kinds of delightful self-care rituals might accompany the daily dose ……. soothing bath, mediation, application of potions and lotions ……. Happy doings on the West coast!

    1. cheltenham lady – we truly appreciate your experience :) it has helped us enormously.

      sending much love from gate 46 at JFK en route to the Other Coast!

      _tg x

  2. Darling,

    The Mother was on thyroxine one a day for years – and it worked a treat for her, she felt much better after years of her thyroid not working so well.

    I think a one a day forever pill will probably just become as normal as putting the pearls. See it as part of your glamour routine. Coffee, pill, pearls, lippy. CPPL.

    How about a box full of gorgeous dried fruit. I am currently loving prunes but figs also do figure on my list of delights.


    1. darling you are clever.

      CPPL – although we don’t own a lipstick (shock! horror!) anymore. gave that up a while ago. so we’ll exchange the L for an E

      CPPE – coffee, pearls, pill, earrings.

      how smart.

      and good to know that your mummy was well on her pill all those years. we wish we’d met her. she did a Very Good Job with you (and the siblings).

      _tg xx

  3. Lots of cats have thyroid problems but they always fell on their pawns and they have nine lives.
    I hope you will enjoy yours.

    I suggest 2 boxes, each of a different shade of blue: one for the pills, one for the chocolates (no Belgian’s: too sweet). And each bloody day you have to take one out of each box…
    Wish I could send you good vibes accross the ocean.

    1. cheri – great suggestions – but we are not allowed sugar (we get awfully depressed and sad – and – er – fat ;-) on medical reasons.

      so we are thinking of another solution but one pill and one x (x to be determined) is a splendid idea.

      we feel your good vibes. they come with great provenance, being from the country of Catherine Deneuve, n’est ce pas!

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