Yesterday I received a telephone call from one of our oldest members. Margaret is 92 years old and, to be honest, I would have thought her in her fifties.
Margaret called to ask if there was anything she could do to end the continual tiredness that she was experiencing. I told her that, unfortunately, there was nothing I could suggest. She then went on to tell me something quite unusual. When she was diagnosed in the 1960’s she managed quite well on the monthly treatment regime that she was prescribed. “In fact, I was doing so well that I asked by doctor if I could have the injection every two months as it meant taking a morning off work – but he refused and said I must have them monthly”. Margaret remembered that, during the 1970’s she was told that she would only need the injection every two months – “and it was then that I remember feeling the need for the injection at the end of the two months. Then they put me onto every three months which is just too long” she said.
We know that the British National Formulary changed the treatment regime from monthly to every two months in 1974 and then to every three months in 1984 – Margaret had lived through those changes.
“Mind you – I have a very good doctor” she said. “He has allowed me to have the injection after only ten weeks, but I long for the days when I used to have it every month”