Medication Solutions, part 1

I, like many other people in the universe, take a lot of medications. Some of those medications have to be kept at room temperature. Some have to be added and mixed in warm water. Some have to be kept refrigerated while yet others need to be kept frozen until I’m ready to use them.

It’s so hard to keep everyone in the family happy, right?

This is my solution for quick transport of frozen and chilled medications. It’s not a huge case. It measures about 8 inches long by 4 inches wide and is about 2 inches deep.

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I think I got purple because it was slightly cheaper — and because I rather like purple. I had the vague idea of the case being visible in my luggage and that I might color-coordinate my one or two small medical accessories.

HAhahaha… ohh… *gasp* *wheeze*

First, I am also the person who thought that neon green and blue aqua sneakers were a fine fashion choice in high school. I have no demonstrable skills in the “color-coordination” department. Second, I definitely had delusions about how many medicine cases I would own within a few months and where I would be taking those cases. I blissfully thought I would grab one slim case when going to school. Any other medical gear (and undoubtedly it would be a small, discrete amount) would stay safely tucked away at home in a drawer or in my luggage while traveling. BLAP. Wrong. If brilliant lilac is not your shtick, though, no worries — there are plenty of other colors available for the more fashion conscious.

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This is the inside of the interior pocket. The case has an outer soft shell and an inner pocket that is lined with insulating material. The ENTIRE case is put into the freezer before you use it, not just the inner pocket (pictured above) or the ice gel packs (last picture).

The inner pocket has a little temperature strip that has always seemed to read a little optimistically low to me, but then again I have dysautonomia and I’m not always the best judge of temperature. It does have a monitoring strip, though, which is a rather nice thought at the very least. An even better thought, with much better implementation, are the variously sized little pockets in the case. This makes it easy to carry a variety of sizes of capsules, tubes, baggies, tins, vials, etc. of medications. Now, when I needed to transport 3 weeks of B12 vials at the same time, the pockets were a bit of a snug fit, but it still did fit.

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The interior case can be removed completely from the outer shell, meaning that you can have a slightly larger zippered case with handy mesh pockets, if that’s what you need for the day.

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The top blue gel pack has gone through TSA multiple times without a problem. It doesn’t last terrifically long, though, so sometimes I go with the Ice-Brix below. The Ice-Brix has also gone through TSA just fine, but it’s a little bit larger. This means I can fit less inside the purple case when I’m using it, but with a little bit of shoving and creative swearing, that hasn’t been a problem.

Unless, of course, you count various people in the vicinity snapping their heads around, looking at me with googly-eyes and shrieking “say WHAT?” as a problem.

There are a lot of similar cases on the market, usually sold as insulin cases or the like, and this is just one of many solutions. I still know that a few years ago, when I was uncertain about investing in things like pill boxes and Ice Brix, that I would have appreciated someone talking me through the simple logistics of handling medications. I would have liked to have someone discuss just how many I was going to take, the best ways for transporting them, and maybe even offering a hug and a few pointers on how to deal with those medication-unfriendly folks I would meet in the near future.

If that’s you, gentle virtual hugs and best wishes for hope and healing.

And may your Ice-Brix never melt.

 

 

 

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