you were thinking that the medication fun stopped when he was released from the hospital – the pill progression continues. Technically there are 5-6 times a day that something on the scheduled kicks in. The first thing we did after returning home was to take an extremely good look at that schedule.
Of note – the reason that there are 0600 medications in a hospital is that shift change is at 0700. This allows the nurse to make sure that all meds are administered and computer logged prior to the end of the shift. In the bin are those which are once a day, those which are q12 hrs, one which is three x a day, one which is twice a day. Not being completely stupid – I started from the end of the day and worked backwards. My night owl is going to be up past 2100 in the evening, especially with naps during the day. So 2200 is more sensible for “bedtime” meds than 2100. That means that the q12 hours are 10 & 10 and while I am at it, twice a day can follow the same pattern. 3x a day can be distributed between 0700->2200. Those that have to be taken with meals are assigned to breakfast, lunch and dinner and the rest in the morning. (on the basis of that old adage about doing the worst thing first and getting it over with – something about a frog?).
did I mention that there is also a few hundred cc’s of IV magnesium every day?
And all of it needs to be balanced around those really essential things in life – naps, meals, news programs, baseball….