Puerto Rican holidays are an exciting time of the year! We begin our celebrations way before our friends and family in the United States. Our holidays are also extended well into the middle of January with the culmination of the Festival de San Sebastian in Old San Juan.
It is easy to forget to take our medications and eat on time with the many distractions of the holidays; we’ve got grandchildren, children, and family members visiting us at all hours during the holiday season. We’re not paying attention to our daily routines of eating on time and refilling prescriptions during the holidays. For some of us, this can be a dangerous habit to fall into especially if holidays fall on days where we have to pick-up our medications.
Food and Medications
This year most of the major holidays fell on the weekend. This probably made things tougher for most because there was a bombardment with tons of sweets and food on our tables. Eating flan, Christmas cookies or tembeleque for breakfast probably looked better than your regular meal. This is probably not what your doctor wants you to do as most medications must be taken before or after eating meals, but that doesn’t mean with sweet treats.
Tips for Getting on Schedule Again
A couple of things that you can do to get pre-plan for this year’s holidays:
- Take a look at the holiday calendar each month and make sure the Pharmacy isn’t closed.
- Talk to your Doctor about whether he will be on vacation and have him fill out prescriptions for you accordingly.
- Make sure you have all of your medications for your vacations that might extend for two weeks or more.
As we end the month, we hope that you call us with any questions you may have about our holiday schedule for this year. If you’ve committed to a new health goal, talk to us about how this might affect your medications. Get back on track with your medications schedule, and we wish you good health in the coming months.
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