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Sometimes I need my ass whooped.


So, a major part of this thing has got to be staying healthy. I know that. You know that. We all know that right? So WHY, do I have to beat my own ass everyday about forgetting to take my meds?! Its one little pink pill that keeps my thyroid in check and yet I can’t seem to remember it on a daily basis. Let me tell you how bad it gets.

Yesterday, in the waiting room of my Dr’s office, I SUDDENLY thought, “Oh SHIT! What if she checks my blood today? I didn’t take my synthroid” So, my eyes scanned the waiting room and Yipee. there was a water fountain right under the “Parenting” magazines. So I popped a pill and tried my best to snag a good mouthful of water without accidentally dropping the pill into the fountain. I had to look like an idiot, trying to hold my purse, push the fountain with my knee, and then my bracelet slipped off and I was just a weird mess.

Now, all that could have been avoided if I actually thought enough of my damn predicament to faithfully take my medicine in the morning like I’m supposed to. But I guess that would be too much like right, because I am CONSTANTLY Forgetting to take this medication.

Why do we as a people have to be coaxed and cajoled into doing crap that we’re supposed to do for our own good? Stuff like:
“Remember to brush your teeth”
“Drink 8 glasses of water a day!”
“Be Active, Fatty!”
“Hey idiot, eat breakfast every day!”

We have to come up with slogans and commercials to help people do things that will keep them alive. How stupid is that? Infertility aside, at the heart of The Broken Brown Egg, we’re talking about being HEALTHY. Black folk are not very good at taking care of ourselves. I gotta do better. And probably, so do you.


Regina Townsend is the primary author and founder of TheBrokenBrownEgg. A librarian and writer, Regina’s mission is to make people aware and active about the unique concerns of reproductive health in the minority community.


  1. Anonymous

    I have a thyroid issue as well (hyper) and because I am trying to conceive my Endo put me on a med that I have to take THREE times a day. Here is my method for remembering:

    1. First I told myself if I had a baby I would have to remember a whole lotta stuff so I needed to practice! I do not want the woman who forgets her baby in a hot car.

    2. I have a bottle of water and my meds on my nightstand. First thing I see after I hit the alarm clock is my medication bottle and I take it right then and there.

    3. I have a bottle on my desk at work in my line of sight. I take one after lunch and have another reminder on my outlook calendar for 3:00 p.m. just in case I forget.

    4. I take my last pill when I get in the bed at night. Again, I see it when I set my alarm clock.

    I still forget from time to time, but I have gotten a lot better. The way I se it, my life and health and the life and health of my baby depend on it!

    10 . Jul . 2009
  2. Mrs.Tiye

    What an awesome strategy! What has worked lately is just keeping a pill bottle in my purse. When I remember, "Oh, silly, you forgot to take your pill", I can dig around my purse, silently chastise myself, and medicate. LOL Thanks for your comment!

    20 . Jul . 2009

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