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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring is 'springing'...

Sign on our door... (pink sign on red door)

Found this Easter sign today at Joann's... and thought it might be a good replacement for our Merry Christmas sign.  



Red bud showing through the trees in the back

And finally... a Red bud tree blooming in the back of the house! This is our first sign of spring around here. But I have seen a few daffodils and hyacinths popping up around the neighborhood.

I have a question for anyone out there. Do any of you find it difficult to swallow large pills? And I don't necessarily mean overly large...  It's not a terribly big problem since I don't take any pills at all except for a Tylenol x-strength caplet when necessary (and I take this with buttermilk to help it slide down). But I also don't take any vitamin supplements... not even calcium. 

My family physician isn't too disturbed about this. However, he did request that I take Vitamin D3 since my blood tests show me quite low. And recently my Eye Doctor recommended I take a multiple vitamin for eye health. Most are too large, don't like the chewable (too much sugar and I'm sensitive to any sugar substitutes), and am generally leery about supplements. 

I eat well enough... no canned foods, mostly fresh, and don't have a weight problem. But I just found that One a Day for women makes a One a Day petite for people who have trouble swallowing pills. Apparently it's not in the stores and has to be ordered online through Walgreen's or a Vitamin store. I ordered it through Walgreen's and it will be delivered to the store for pickup in a few days. 

Just wondered if any of you have any comment on this. I'm ordering it blind since I know of no one who uses it and don't know how 'petite' it is. You are supposed to take 2 a day, not one... but that's fine with me. 'One a Day' is a brand name that's been around for a while.  

Also I was going through pictures for my youngest son who apparently needs a baby pic or two for some presentation he has to make. I found these pics of our 3 when they were young. 



kids on backyard swing set


Now they are all in their 40's... how time flies!  

Have a great rest of the week! And if you have any comments on vitamin supplements size and value, I'd certainly appreciate hearing them.










16 comments:

  1. I don't know anything about the vitamins, but my dad had a heck of a time with large pills. In his case, he just chewed them (yuck!) Hope these work for you.

    I chuckled at the photo of your children on the play set. We had something similar and there are pictures of my siblings and I too, though we're all in our 50's now.

    Eileen

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    1. I can't chew them... would probably get a rash inside my mouth by chewing something not made to be chewed. But I can swallow them if they are not larger than a Tylenol caplet... and coated.

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  2. Every house in the neighborhood had some version of those.
    Sorry I'm no help on the vitamins. Not only do I take several, I swallow the whole mouthful at once. Down the hatch!

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    1. You're probably right there. As for the pills, I wish I could do that... but even one gets stuck or stays there and chokes me. It's a good thing I don't HAVE to take anything... yet.

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  3. I take large calcium pills, but everything else is pretty usual size. I get Vitamin D3 at Costco and they are tiny little pills. I don't take any other big ones, but I take a fair number, most of them for my eyes. I also take turmeric pills which are good for all sorts of things. :-)

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    1. I tried the chewable Calcium ones once (chocolate squares), but some of them have artificial sugars.

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  4. I am just beginning to have a bit of a problem with swallowing the larger pills. I am sure that there are work-arounds. I they are not time release perhaps you could smash them in a mortar and mix with a liquid. I hope the petite version works for you. There is so much contradiction on calcium supplements, etc. that I never know if I am doing the right thing for my body.

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    1. Well, I just picked up the one a day petites. They look similar to my Tylenol caplets, so I think they will be fine. I won't start them until after the Easter holiday, but will let everyone know how they do. You are supposed to take 2 daily, but I will start with one.

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  5. I hate taking pills and try to take a big swig of something to help them go down, not always successfully. Tom on the other hand can put a handful in his mouth and swallow them down in one. lol
    Briony
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    1. Apparently a lot of people can swallow a handful. Don't know how they do it. One gets stuck with me... but my dear friend once told me to drink buttermilk before and during the swallowing... and it does help.

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  6. I think it's fairly common to have a problem swallowing large (or any size) pills. I have a couple of friends with that issue. Most of the time they don't bother me, though I find it helps to take a few swallows of water first, before popping one. And I DO take a lot of supplements daily: omega-3, evening primrose, multi-vitamin, vitamin D3 (they're very small), glucosamine, plus calcium (chewable) and magnesium. (Those latter two because I take Pantaloc long term for the GERD issues.) Usually it's easier to swallow a gel capsule (at least for me) than to swallow a solid, hard pill. Good luck!

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    1. It's easier for me if the caplet is small, elongated, and coated.

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  7. I don't have a problem with pills--a pharmacist friend taught me to take them all at once and they just slide down. Hope you can find smaller ones as you are not alone in this.

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    1. Oh Patti, I wish I could do that...

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  8. I don't have a problem swallowing large pills generally and I do take supplements --multi vitamin, Calcium with D and magnesium, B vitamins for hair and nails. I do get into moods where I just can't face swallowing a bunch of tablets or capsules though. And then I come across an article about how there is no guarantee you get what the supplements are claiming so I go off them. Then I come across an article about how we aren't getting good nutrition from out food and need to take supplements. I guess I just need to work on not being so suggestible all the time!

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  9. I personally don't think that we need vitamin supplements as long as we eat a fairly good diet... but I do also think that as we age, perhaps we don't get enough of some things (possibly Calcium, D3, or B6/B12).

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