Finally getting around to spring cleaning at my end. If I had my way, I was going to skip the whole ordeal this year but then we are putting our house on the market so the deep cleaning HAD to be done.
I happily accept your condolences but the whole cleaning chore did not fall on my lap thankfully. Nothing gets my husband on all fours cleaning and dusting than the thought of having a guest visit. It was a family thing for sure. I then hired some help to get the house ready for showing.
But you know how that goes, I still had to do some pre-cleaning before the maid service showed up lest they faint at the site of scum on my bathroom grout.
I made it to my medicine cabinet and was aghast at what I saw- multivitamins and stool-softeners prescribed to me right after I had my son. He will be turning 5 in a few months.
Which got me thinking; what would I find if I rampaged through your medicine cabinet?
When I meet with new patients with thorny drawn out medical issues, I simply ask them what medications (prescribed and over-the-counter supplements) they are on. It helps me cut to the chase and find out what they have going on in half the time.
1. Will I find pill bottles with the words “discard after December 2009” on them?
If that’s you go ahead and clean out your medicine cabinet of expired medications.
2. Will I find 3 unopened bottles of Aleve and 2 bottles each of everything else?
At first glance, one might take you to be a hoarder but chances are that you have a habit of throwing in a bottle of Tylenol or Benadryl in the shopping basket anytime you walk past the medication aisle in the grocery store.
3. Will I find multiple pill bottles bearing the names of people who do not live in your household?
Pill sharing huh? I know your friend means well but STOP SHARING PILLS WITH FRIENDS.
4. Will I find 20 pill bottles of obscure minerals and vitamins?
Stop watching those info-commercials will you. Get your vitamins and minerals straight from the source by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
Here is your homework;
Look into your medicine cabinet sometime this week. Throw out all expired medications. Please don’t flush them in the toilet. Rumor has it that the fishes of the sea are mellowed out on the Valium and Xanax folks flushed down the sewer line.
If you have duplicates, note the names of these medicines so you don’t pick up any more.
It’s time to get rid of the medicine clutter.