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The joys of antibiotics

October 4, 2011
by Erin B

I still have three days of antibiotics left to get the tail end of the bronchitis.

Yes, I’m counting.

The problem I am running into is that this particular antibiotic can’t be taken with dairy.  Not for two hours before or two hours after.  That mean than twice a day, I need a four hour window with no dairy and not calcium.  This wouldn’t be a big deal, except that:

a) It needs to be taken with food

b) It need to be about 12 hours apart.

The number of hours I see twice in one day are few.  Really only 6, 7, 8, 9 and maybe 10.  If I eat at 8, 9 or 10 pm, I have bad dreams.  So that only leaves 6 or 7.  Fine.  Except that my usual breakfast is two cups of coffee with milk and honey and two slices of toast with cheese.  Previously, I would sometimes switch it up to cereal and milk, but since I was pregnant with Toddler girl, that has been a no go.

I am not good at breakfast at the best of times.  My mom tried, for YEARS she tried to get me eat breakfast.  When T and I moved in together, she had him promise to try to get me to eat breakfast.  She doesn’t even remember that, but he took her very seriously.  After years of experimentation, I can have cheese toast.  Anything else has to wait until I’m up for a couple of hours.

Cheese toast has taken a serious hit lately.  My toaster oven bit it and was replaced with a toaster, which meant the real cheese I had been using had to be replaced by a spread.  I was able to adapt, but I am a little ashamed to admidt I eat processed cheese every morning.  Now I can’t even have that.  The weird part is, I make wonderful homemade jam that I love as afternoon snack on a slice of toast, but at breakfast time, it just doesn’t appeal.

No cheese for my toast, no cream for my coffee.  It has been hard.

The worst part is I am turning into a grumpy mommy in the mornings.  I have a piece of fruit and my meds, then I’m a total bitch until two hours later when I can have the regular breakfast.  No, I should say that, but I can see where I am less patient with Toddler girl.  I am helpless to do anything about it, but I am less patient.

I think it is a sign of getting old. Or not.  I work in health care, I have had years to learn dependance on that first morning coffee.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Erin B permalink*
    October 5, 2011 8:02 pm

    Having talked to other health care providers, it sounds like the feeling rotten is a side effect of this particular antibiotic. It isn’t a breakfast issue, lots of people on this med feel like poop.

    Great. Two days left!

  2. Lorene permalink
    October 5, 2011 8:28 pm

    I am on antibiotics now that have that same restriction too, and you know what… I’m still going to have cream in my coffee.

    • Erin B permalink*
      October 5, 2011 8:31 pm

      ARGH! Don’t tell me that! It makes the antibiotics less effective because the calcium blocks them being absorbed into your system and this can lead to antibiotic resistant organisms when they are not completely killed off because you aren’t getting the full dose of antibiotics!

      *microbiology shudder*

      • Erin B permalink*
        October 5, 2011 8:52 pm

        PS – you know I love you if you follow your directions or not, but when it comes to antibiotics, if you aren’t taking them as directed – just don’t tell me that.

        and Mom, that goes for you too!

        • Erin B permalink*
          October 5, 2011 8:56 pm

          On the other hand, Lorene, I know you use non-dairy creamer, so there might not be any calcium in that to effect your antibiotics anyway….

          Now I’m curious

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