More about Peter H
For many years, Peter was in very good health and his only concession to medical care was the long-term use of a medication for acid reflux. A physicist, he retired 13 years ago, leads an active life and enjoys travelling and visiting his children and grandchildren.
In his 60s, he suffered two minor strokes which resulted in the addition of three new long-term medicines to his regimen. These medicines keep his hypertension and cholesterol levels in check. Peter has been fortunate in not experiencing any significant side effects from his medications. His only problem is remembering to take them and taking them at the appropriate time when travelling overseas in changing time zones. To assist with this, he has made use of a dosette box, which he fills once a week, and says the key thing is to make sure they are visible. As his grandchildren often come to visit, it can be challenging to keep his medications visible, but out of reach.
Peter has never liked taking medicines that he felt were unnecessary, but he has great confidence in his GP and if he has any concerns he will discuss these with his doctor.
As a scientist, Peter is somewhat sceptical of the benefits of many alternative or supplementary types of medication. He says it can be difficult at times when well-meaning friends make suggestions regarding what he should and should not take.
A few years after his strokes, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer for which he underwent a course of chemotherapy and is now in remission. Despite this, he still refers to himself as having ‘minor health problems’, as he has been able to accommodate his medication into his daily life quite easily. While he is not sure about the exact contribution his medicines make to his wellbeing, he can only comment that he has not had another stroke and continues to enjoy his life.