Get medications in order before an evacuation
In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, you may need to evacuate your home and regular services may be temporarily limited. To ensure that you are able to continue taking your medications under such circumstances, the Florida Department of Health recommends that you plan now by taking the following measures:
• Call your doctor and request a 30-day supply of medication, if possible.
• Get a pill organizer and pack enough pills for two weeks. Get assistance from your caregiver or medical professional in making sure you have packed enough of the medications you'll need.
• Make a list of all your medications: how they should be taken and at what times. Make copies of the list. Put one copy with the medications; give one to a friend; and keep one with you at all times. Make sure to list any allergies, as well as foods you need to avoid. Your doctor's name and emergency phone number should also be on this list.
• Pack your medications now to have ready to carry with you at a moment's notice.
• If you are taking prescription pain medications, keep them with you at all times.
• If you are on a special diet or require special supplements, take a two-week supply with you.
• Over the counter items that you should also bring are pain relievers, ibuprofen, antacid, laxatives, antihistamines, antibiotic ointment and lubricating eye drops.
• If you are using respiratory medications with a nebulizer, bring it with you.
Herbalist Rose Kalajian will share some simple homemade skin care recipes including a grains cleanser, facial toner and chocolate honey mask at 11 a.m. Saturday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call (727) 443-6703.
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A workshop dealing with addictions, depression, bipolar disorder and codependency will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 6 at the Gathering Place at Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., near Largo.
Topics will include how to use our unique toolbox of recovery to re-evaluate our self-worth and come to a place of positive thinking and spirituality. Lunch is included.
There is a suggested donation of $7. Reserve a space by calling (727) 822-3480 or e-mail les@FBAO.org.
NAMI Pinellas is providing a free, 12-week Family to Family class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 8 and continuing for 12 consecutive Mondays at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., near Largo.
This national program is for family and friends of individuals with serious mental illness and covers signs and symptoms of many brain disorders, medications and other treatments. The program also provides workshops on problem solving, communication and empathy, as well as information on rehabilitation, advocacy, and fighting stigma.
Registration is required. Contact Marianne Martin at (727) 443-3149 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Families and friends of addicts share experiences, strength and hope at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.
The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's addiction. Visit www.nar-anon.org or e-mail naranonfamily firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminars/ support groups
(Free unless otherwise noted.)
T.O.P.S. (Take off pounds sensibly): 8-10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St., Largo, (727) 538-2361. Fee.
Codependents Anonymous (central Pinellas): 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Bible Fellowship Church, 4670 East Bay Drive, Largo. Call (727) 365-4896.
Cancer patients hope group: 2 p.m. Wednesday (every fourth Wednesday of the month), Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 2, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.
Cancer Caregivers support group: 2 p.m. Wednesday (every fourth Wednesday of the month), Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 5, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.