Organizing Our Rounds

A common questions I receive is how to organize and manage a chelation round. Over the years I’ve done several different things depending on where we were in our chelation journey. Eventually you figure out what works best for you and that’s what you stick with.

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First Step: I calculated the length and dosing times for our rounds on a sheet of paper to make sure we have the minimum of 64 hours.  Our rounds are usually 66 hours but 64 is the minimum.

Method One: Liquid dosing: In the early days when we were just starting out we used medicine syringes that I filled with chelator mixed into juice. (about a teaspoon or less of liquid)  I stored doses in empty capsules.  If we had to leave the house I took a small lunch cooler with an ice pack, the dose and syringe/juice with me. He was 3 then and this method worked for us for a short time. He was not a fan at all of someone squirting liquid into his mouth in the middle of the night as he got older.

  • Money Saver Tip: I kept all the capsules that I was emptying supplements out of to give to my kids in food/drink. I stored them in a ziplock bag and used those when dividing my chelators into smaller doses.
  • Time Saver Tip: We divide our doses for an entire round the night before we start. It makes less work during the round. One less thing to remember do.

Method Two: Ziplock bags labelled with name, chelator and dose. Pre-divide your entire rounds doses and put the capsules in the bag. Each bag should contain exactly enough doses for that round. No extras because it helps you when you forget if you gave the dose or not. You can count what’s left to see if you have an extra one, meaning you missed a dose. (ie: John 5mg DMSA, 5mg ALA)

Method Three:

I got tired of counting the capsules in the bag to make sure I didn’t forget a dose because sometimes in the middle of the night you can’t think straight. So counting is not a strong skill at 4am. You get up, dose a child or two, and then think “wait, did I take mine or not?”

This method entirely avoids that problem. I used some old supplement organizers. I cut up some printer address labels and put them on each compartment with the dosing times. The entire round is set up in the organizer.  I have one for each person chelating and it’s labelled with their name. img_20161101_114228If I am not sure if we took a dose or not, it’s very easy to figure that out by checking that dose/time spot.  No more juggling ziplok bags and dropping capsules or sometimes they would get broken if I had taken the bag with me in my purse. With these you can just remove the section with the time/doses you will need when you have to go somewhere and take it with you.

It’s also a nice visual for how close to finishing a round we are….which helps when you’re sleep deprived and trying to remember if this is day two or three. 🙂

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Never Miss Night Doses Tip:

  • Two alarms at night! Yes, two and one should be set for 5 minutes after the first one. Put the second one away from the bedside so if it does go off you have to get up to turn it off.
  • I use a bedside alarm clock and then my cell phone as my back up. Each set 5 minutes apart so if I don’t hear the first one, I should hear the second. My cell volume is all the way!
  • I use the same tone for my phone at night that we use for daytime alarms. This way it’s a tone my brain already associates with giving chelator doses.

We have not missed or been late for a night dose since I began using this method. Doing rounds is an effort I can’t afford to mess up so we use whatever precautions and planning to simplify it and ensure we don’t miss any doses.

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared: If we leave the house, we take the next two doses with us, just in case for some reason we don’t get back in time to take it. Car’s break down, traffic jams happen and sometimes doctor appointment take longer than we anticipate.

I was once caught in a situation where I had to stop at a pharmacy and buy a bottle of ALA because we forgot to bring a dose. We were too far to make it home in time to get it. These places never sell low doses either. All I could get that day were 300mg capsules. I did manage to make the smaller dose we needed rather than throw the round but spare yourself that trouble. Trust me. Just bring a dose or two with you.

Make it fool-proof. Work smarter, not harder is what I say!

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