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[–]Mandy0217 1014 points1015 points  (92 children)

Dude that's cool. I actually knew someone who was illiterate. I remember it blew my mind when I found out he couldn't read or write very well. He was my dad's best friend and he came from that era when work was more important than school. He was one of the coolest people I knew.

[–]HelloJoeyJoeJoe 440 points441 points  (77 children)

When I got malaria in Liberia, I got some simple medicine that cost less than a dollar.

The instructions were pictures, like they had a drawing of the sun going up and that told you the pill had to be taken in the morning.

Funny, I tossed the $500 antimalarial pills I had to buy before hand because they made me as sick as the malaria. That's $500 with insurance, purchased in the US. The cure was better than the prevention and cost nothing.

Another side note, in countries like Liberia (Timor is another example), you'll have people in high positions in government that are illiterate. That's because they were very active during the civil war or war against oppression and never had formal schooling. Yet, due to their war record and status (sometimes tribal), they get awarded nice govt titles.

It's not that shocking. The US is the largest economy and military in the world but the leader is barely literate, with maybe a 2nd grade reading level.

[–]raspberrih 91 points92 points  (16 children)

I went to Indonesia once, had to take malaria pills. But they made me so damn sick too, so I just ditched them. Mine cost like... 20 bucks? Like a negligible amount, so obviously I'm not in the US.

[–]pedersencato 44 points45 points  (6 children)

Next time just stick to gin and tonics.

[–]undowner 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Pure quinine g&t

[–]Butt-Bucket 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Modern tonics soda do not contain enough quinines to be an effective preventive treatment. Please follow your health professional advice.

[–]TempehPurveyor 23 points24 points  (8 children)

I'm from Indonesia and never heard of $20 malaria drug. Sounds very expensive as people's minimum wage is like around $250/month. The common malaria drug around here is quinine sulfate it's like $1.5 per 12 tablets.

[–]raspberrih 15 points16 points  (3 children)

What? No, I got the medicine before I went.

[–]TempehPurveyor 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I see, I thought you bought the $20 malaria drug in Indo

[–]taavon 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That’s a lot of tempeh goreng for $20

[–]motivaction 4 points5 points  (3 children)

This is actually good to know. I bought a tablet that I had to take weekly, i think it might have started 4 weeks before I left. They were 3.50€ each. There was also a daily tablet that was the same price. So I went for the cheapest one. I had the worst nightmares, I remember them to this day.

[–]HelloJoeyJoeJoe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had the worst nightmares, I remember them to this day.

Yeap. My piss was also dark orange, like I had drank a liter of whisky every night and only hydrated by drinking Fanta

[–]Teadrunkest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sounds like mefloquine. US used to use it for their military until they got just an insane amount of complaints about the dreams. Theres even been an inquiry into its long term effects.

Now they use doxycycline and it’s much better.

[–]rexmorpheus666 24 points25 points  (7 children)

Yet, due to their war record and status (sometimes tribal), they get awarded nice govt titles.

It's called Nepotism, and it's rife in Africa. It's NOT a good thing.

[–]Onlyusemevape 14 points15 points  (3 children)

It is not, I wish it was viewed more negatively. Doesn't help that capitalism and nepotism feed off of eacother in the worlds current paradigm.

[–]pud_009 5 points6 points  (1 child)

In all fairness, when you live in a country that has been through civil wars, colonization, etc. and there probably aren't a ton of highly educated people left among the living it kinda makes sense to give a high ranking military or tribal leader a position of power. That's not to say it's necessarily a good idea, but logically it makes sense why that would happen.

[–]Captain_Sacktap 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I mean it’s kind of rife everywhere to be honest.

[–]silly_vasily 5 points6 points  (1 child)

In canada, we had a senator (appointed) who used to be a famous hockey coach, that won multiple Stanley cups , that was illiterate. I liked the guy, but I mean jeez they could have appointed literally anybody else.

[–]matt_minderbinder 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wasn't a fan of his political leanings but Jacques Demers was one of Detroit's coaches when I was a kid and I was a big fan of that. Supposedly he was functionally illiterate because he grew up in a very abusive household.

[–]Ricky-Wagner 5 points6 points  (9 children)

Saying that is an insult to people who are actually illiterate.

[–]-aarrgh 16 points17 points  (0 children)

hopefully they wont read it or they might be insulted!

[–]ElllGeeEmm 5 points6 points  (7 children)

Show me video of president Trump reading something.

[–]TheWuwk 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You’ve had malaria before?

[–]HomeGrownCoffee 6 points7 points  (4 children)

It's more common than you'd think.

My dad did some training at industrial facilities. Part of his job was the initial safety orientation that everyone had to take to be allowed on site. Basic things, like where you can/can't smoke, what the alarms sound like, where to go if you hear one. Some guys would come in, and poo-poo the whole concept. Because they couldn't pass the written test.

My dad knows that reading isn't required on a lot of jobs, so he'd let them take an oral test after everyone else left. These were capable, talented, hardworking people who couldn't read.

Also: A friend of a friend was frustrated because in their social circle, one of the guys would always ate the same thing he picked. It was because he couldn't read the menu, so would let other people order first and pick one of their meals, or ask about the special.

[–]kennedar_1984 5 points6 points  (3 children)

My kid has severe dyslexia and I worry about this a ton. We are doing our best to get him literate but more than likely reading will always be hard for him. Thanks to people like your dad, hopefully he is able to have a good career and keep his head above water in a career he enjoys.

[–]deafdogdaddy 2 points3 points  (2 children)

You'd be surprised the number of medical professionals who have dyslexia. My wife is a vet who went to a world-renowned school and one of her professors (literally the world's leading authority on his focus) is severely dyslexic. She has a close friend from school who also has severe dyslexia. At one of the top veterinary schools in the world. I've heard that human medicine has its fair share of dyslexic individuals as well. There is hope.

[–]kennedar_1984 1 point2 points  (1 child)

He would be an amazing Dr, he is the most caring person I have ever met, is incredibly good at math, and has a memory like an elephant. I never realized medicine had a lot of people with dyslexia, it will certainly be something to keep in mind as he gets older!

[–]Orlando1701 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I worked with a guy in the army who was functionally illiterate. He could read at about a fourth grade level, but he was a hell of an artillery spotter. He had to have people read manuals to him but if you needed artillery dropped he was your man.

[–]Secret_Consideration 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My dad was illiterate. I never knew that until about two years ago when I had a client who couldn’t read and started seeing the similarities between my dad and him. His favorite excuse as I was growing up was he “lost his glasses” so he’d ask me to navigate and what not. Highly intelligent and great with numbers. He adapted so well that his own brother and business partner did not know that dad was able to read. At dads funeral I asked my uncle what dads favorite book was and my uncle started laughing so hard and said dad never read a book in his life. My uncle said he and dad would always discuss contracts for their construction business but when pressed my uncle admitted that my dad would never say something first.

[–]Drawtaru 3 points4 points  (2 children)

My step-dad can barely read or write, but he has been working full-time since he was about 8 years old and has now retired after creating and running a successful carpet cleaning business for decades.

[–]Mandy0217 1 point2 points  (1 child)

These days our students who are "left behind" will still need a GED, unlike our parents, to even get into a trade school. My dad was a truck driver. He had dropped out of school in like the 8th grade. He got a job at the local steel plant and then told another company he knew how to drive a big rig. He didn't. But he jumped in that truck and just did it. He drove truck for 43 years after that. He made good money when he started pulling triples. (3 trailers at a time). We can't do that now. You need a cdl and a diploma. It's amazing how our parents were able to build careers like they did. Congratulations to your dad on the carpet cleaning business. He must have been a hard worker like my dad. They made it happen.

[–]Drawtaru 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He’s always been a super hard worker. He would work a 14-hour day cleaning carpets in the Florida heat, and then come home and do yard work until it was too dark to see. He never knew how to stop. Rain or shine (and one time on a broken ankle), he was working.

[–]tadj 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My grandmother was illiterate for most of her life. She never had the opportunity to study when she was young and for most of her adult life she was occupied raising kids and taking care of the house. My mother taught her after I was born. It isn't super hard to teach an adult how to read as they normally really want to learn. You just need patience and love.

[–]lonely-paula-schultz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have an uncle who make well over $130K USD/ year but had a brother who died illiterate. Crazy thing is, my uncle can’t be older than 60.

[–]Reddit_FTW 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That was my grandpa. Never had anything past a grade school education cause he had to work the fields to make money for the family. Worked till he died at General Mills. When they moved everything digital the crew came together to help him learn so he could keep his job.

[–]nesuno 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, in the country where this pic was taken (Brazil) the current government also thinks work is more important than education...

[–]The1hangingchad 1295 points1296 points  (100 children)

I mean I totally appreciate the effort and this is evidence that this doctor went into medicine to truly help people.

But I can't help but wonder why s/he didn't just write the times on the boxes???

[–]Lilmaggot 691 points692 points  (41 children)

Maybe so that when it’s refilled, patient still has the times? But then the tapes would also be gone.

I just decided when I retire I’m gonna volunteer for adult literacy.

[–]dtb1987 197 points198 points  (11 children)

My mother became a teacher for illiterate adults. She really enjoyed it. Edit: Mother, thats what i get for posting right when i wake up.

[–]Bishop_466 94 points95 points  (9 children)

Your what?

(It was just too perfect considering the context.)

[–]LucasmossInBox 53 points54 points  (1 child)

Their , duh

[–]RedBombX 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Oh, thanks for clearing that up for us.

[–]dtb1987 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I know, god it had to be on a post about literacy..

[–]Bishop_466 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lol, it happens. You gave 60 some odd people a good laugh.

[–]Ferrocene_swgoh 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Cunningham's law? No...

Betteridge's law? No. (ha!)

Godwin's law? I do nazi that one...

Poe's law? Probably not...

Muphry's law! That's the one.

Too many laws...

[–]dalaigh93 21 points22 points  (8 children)

You definitely should, and you're a good person for being willing to dedicate your time helping others!

My grandmother used to volunteer in an association to give french lessons for adults(note: we're French, in France) , especially immigrant women, she found it very rewarding.

Thanks to these lessons those women were at last able to understand their kids homework, do their paperwork, apply for jobs, ba financially responsible, etc...

[–]Lilmaggot 11 points12 points  (7 children)

Merci beaucoup a votre mére!

[–]dalaigh93 8 points9 points  (6 children)

You're very kind. (in french Grandmother is "grand-mère 😉)

[–]tadpole511 4 points5 points  (5 children)

So maybe you can explain the difference that no French professor I’ve ever had could explain—what’s the difference between grand-mère and mémère? We were introduced to them as like “grandmother” and “grandma”, but also that no one ever uses mémère, and that was it.

[–]dalaigh93 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Grand-mère is the generic term, like uncle, father, mother, etc. "Mémère", "Mamie", "Mémé" are terms of endearment, like Granny, Grandma, Nana. "Mémère" is sometimes used as a derogatory term to describe women that look old, old fashioned, and don't take good care of their appearance, so while for some it's affectionate, it's somewhat insulting for others.

I call my grandmothers "Mamie", and I'm sure they would feel slightly offended if I called them "Mémère" but in my fiancé's family that's how they call their grandmas, usually directly associated with their names, like "Mémère Edith invited us to eat on Sunday" for example.

Is it more clear for you?

[–]tadpole511 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That’s perfect. Thank you!

[–]dalaigh93 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're welcome ☺️

[–]GabTheWindow 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Mémère is regional slang, I'm from Québec and we use mamie instead for example

Each region has a word to replace grand-mère for something "sweeter" that fits a caring narrative

Hope it helps :)

[–]DrewSmoothington 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Edmunston/St. Jaques here...we say mémère

[–]BoofingPalcohol 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There’s this app called be my eyes. You basically sign up to help blind and visually impaired people once in a while. A video call to read medication directions, microwave directions, stuff like that.

[–]hyrule_pd 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I just decided when I retire I’m gonna volunteer for adult literacy

Awesome!!!! Then you should learn more about Paulo Freire. He has received several prizes for his work with adult literacy.

[–]myrmexxx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bolsonaro supporters with torches incoming

[–]Jaspern888 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You should look up Orton-Gillingham training near you. I was certified and it’s a wonderful approach towards teaching reading and writing English. It can be applied to dyslexic, illiterate, and even teaching English to foreign students.

[–]Rabid_Ramen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They can just match up the boxes and move the new pills to the old box

[–]BeriAlpha 64 points65 points  (1 child)

So the patient can have one single document which is their prescription list.

Rather than walking into the bathroom..."5, 13, 21, 19, 9, 22...okay, I take this one."

And then walking into the bathroom an hour later..."5, 13, 21, 19, 9, 22...okay, I take this one."

[–]1010101100111 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Also, even for people that can read... you have to faffle around with the box to see what the doctor has written in small print somewhere.

[–]altiuscitiusfortius 21 points22 points  (4 children)

Almost any pharmacy will do compliance packing for free. Its a card with 28 little bubbles, all labelled as 7 days and 4 med times a day. Then the patient just has to go down the pack taking the left bubble in the morning, the right at night etc.

Here is just the first website i could find with pictures. https://www.forgettingthepill.com/products/weekly-or-monthly-blister-pack-kits-item-550

[–]ThaneKyrell 12 points13 points  (1 child)

This photo is from Brazil, and Brazil has free healthcare and a free distribution of medication in health stations. Chances are this illiterate person is not going to visit a actual pharmacy, just the local health station.

[–]Celebbun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And you can see the prescription is from SUS, so yeah, health station

[–]SmittyPlug 25 points26 points  (16 children)

Why does one box have 2 types if tape?

[–]Greatwhitewolf44 26 points27 points  (8 children)

He needs to take it multiple times a day.

[–]Rivarr 9 points10 points  (7 children)

That wouldn't require different tape, unless I'm being dumb. Maybe they just find it easier this way.

[–]margmi 10 points11 points  (3 children)

And one of the meds has two of the same tapes, to be taken at different times

[–]SmittyPlug 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, one tape would suffice.

[–]ragnerokk1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The sticker stands for the time so every box with silver tape you take at the time.

[–]666f6f626172 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Blue = medA, medB

Gold = medB, medC

It doesn't require multiple tapes, but it helps keep the arrows less-cluttered.

Although I'm not sure why the times aren't in order. Perhaps it's a two-day cycle?

[–]akim1026 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Probably to take it twice a day

[–]travellingscientist 7 points8 points  (2 children)

But the one with the rainbow tape is also one to take twice a day.

[–]SmittyPlug 7 points8 points  (0 children)

They’re both illiterate i believe.

[–]limbsakimbo_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Asking the real questions here.

This has me stumped as well

[–]Eudaemon1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Maybe because there are chances of ink getting smudged or something like that

[–]G00dmorninghappydays 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If the boxes are in storage or in a cupboard, the person has to check each box to see what time they need to take it, whenever it is time to take one pill.

At least with this method they just need the sheet of paper handy and they can easily see which box they need to pull out

[–]nguerra123_ng 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This happenned in Brazil. These are "generic medicine boxes". They are delivered for free to patients that can't afford for expensive medicines. To prove the patients have to be treated, they need the prescription. The person in the image is illiterate so she will not know the name of the medicines written on prescription

[–]Unassumingpickle 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Because this illiterate person was told to take medications at SEVEN different times throughout the day. That’s the real problem here.

[–]nightpanda893 1 point2 points  (4 children)

How do you solve that problem?

[–]Bigsloppyjimmyjuice 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Take it all at once, yolo.

[–]666f6f626172 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I'm envisioning some kid with cancer taking all their chemo drugs at once because YOLO.

[–]Bigsloppyjimmyjuice 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No pain no gain!

[–]ElliotWalker5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you don't see the box you might forget you have to take it. This way you can see at a glance "oh it's 9pm I should be taking something"

[–]EmoMixtape 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Because its easier to look at a single piece of paper.

Also, it looks like they wrote the order of medications on the boxes (see the 2).

Too many words on the boxes makes it confusing for people, esp with elderly, illiterate, or those with executive dysfunction, etc.

[–]nightpanda893 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is it? You have to look at each box anyway. I feel like with the boxes already being so colorful this method actually makes it more confusing. I feel like writing the times in the boxes would be better. And getting the patient some kind of organizer for the meds would be best. Plenty of these exist since this isn’t really a rare problem. It’s nice that the doctor is going above and beyond but this just seems more confusing.

[–]EmoMixtape 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ive seen physicians usually write instructions on a script like this because it helps keep med history accurate, people loose boxes but we can make a copy of scripts, and people get easily confused by pill colors or dont have someone to help them organize.

Ive also helped people put pills in their 7 day organizers like you mentioned.

Of course different people are going to prefer different methods.

[–]meepz2 0 points1 point  (9 children)

My mom is illiterate, you would be surprised at how intricate it is to do even the most simple of things. In this case, my mom would probably keep the boxes with the tape and the paper, to reference back to whenever she gets her prescription filled. I color code tv remotes and put a, “press buttons in this order,” legend at the bottom, just to turn the dang tv on.

[–]kartamira 255 points256 points  (12 children)

Medication #4 needs to be moved to #2 position on the list in order to be in chronological order. That bugs me.

[–]Master_Benefit 66 points67 points  (2 children)

Looks like it had said 19:00, you can see some whiteout

[–]gallopsdidnothingwrg 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The it would make more sense to white out the whole line, and re-write it in the correct spot.

[–]EvilJesus 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Looks like it was 19 and the 1 was whited out.

[–]gallopsdidnothingwrg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also, why does it have two different stickers on it? This is more confusing than it needs to be.

[–]MeesaluvsReddit 45 points46 points  (2 children)

I saw comments here that say this is a little confusing.

I am literate and would not mind getting a colour-coded prescription. Would save me the time that I've spent at a pharmacy store, me and him trying to decode what the heck squiggly-squiggly-loopy-loop means.

Props to the doctor for making his patients comfortable and understanding their problems. He's a true bro. A Broctor, maybe?

[–]EmoMixtape 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That’s what a lot of family physicians do. Sit down with their patients and help them organize their meds, esp elderly patients that have multiple meds that need to be simplified.

If you truly want help just ask your doc to help you. Theyre usually happy to do it.

[–]Mywonderwall 40 points41 points  (2 children)

My mum is illiterate and a senior, and seeing people put effort for people like her means a great deal. She grew up in an era and country where kids from poorer families (especially girls) didn't get to go to school. Thankfully, technology today is wonderful and with great UX, even a child can use it. She has a smartphone and is able to use Youtube, Spotify, play Candy Crush and even Instagram (as someone who browse). A lot of it however requires patience and a lot of effort to teach and practise. You also need to be there and "fix things" when they change. Illiterate people are not stupid - they just learn, read and do things in a different way. If you know someone who want to learn or is curious (doesn't have to be illiterate but could be a senior or disabled), please do put the time. If you need advice on how, feel free to contact me. It greatly improves their quality of life to be able to enjoy things many of us take for granted.

Like the above though, she takes a lot of medicine and every second week, I have to fill her medicine organizer for her so that she can take them. She's able to take her most common when-needed medicine by herself by recognizing the packages and pill-form though. If we change brand, she gets confused and need some learning though.

[–]wanttoseensfwcontent 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Much love to your mother i hope you guys are doing well

[–]Mywonderwall 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you! We are doing well. I've been self-isolating with her this whole pandemic so we can keep each other company and I can help her keep occupied with things. It's been tough but I'm glad she isn't alone! It has also allowed me to spend more time with her.

[–]_Mr_BadGuy 20 points21 points  (2 children)

r/ItHadToBeBrazil I'm so proud

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[–]mamallamag 57 points58 points  (17 children)

Now pretend you have 30 patients... All at the same time. They all need help in a different way to understand something about their medication. That's what teachers do. It is called differentiation.

[–]Vandaine 4 points5 points  (4 children)

That’s what teachers for special needs kids do? There’s no way normal public school teachers have that amount of time to both present the material to a class AND make everyone understand it in their own way.

[–]holatrees 27 points28 points  (0 children)

teachers everywhere laughing

[–]althyastar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think it's like, they present the info in a way that most of the kids/people will get it the first time. Then, the ones who don't understand it at first get special attention (assuming the teacher is good).

[–]Greatwhitewolf44 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Im studying to be a teacher. That will be my job. Its hard asf but isnt impossible.

[–]seanfidence 7 points8 points  (0 children)

you're in for a surprise, because that is exactly what primary teachers (the "normal" ones) do.

[–]janelasazuis 10 points11 points  (0 children)

SUS 💚💛💙 Support the public universal healthcare

[–]iggymies 78 points79 points  (41 children)

How are they gonna understand the times, if they cant read?

[–]outerspace20 174 points175 points  (20 children)

It happened in Brazil, here we have a lot of issues with people not being properly literate, most people can actually read but they can't interpret things really well, specially old ones.

Sometimes they can't read but they understand basic signs such as numbers/time/prices. The guy couldn't read and was taking the meds when he felt he should, never getting better, so the doctor had this amazing idea and I think it actually worked. They called it "humanized prescription".

[–]imperfectchicken 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I remember teaching academic English to new students. They speak English, but came from places without formal education. So while they can converse, they wouldn't have managed a textbook or complex instructions.

[–]Roflkopt3r 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The technical term is functional illiteracy.

[–]outerspace20 1 point2 points  (0 children)

thanks, mate :)

[–]NicNoletree 19 points20 points  (10 children)

people not being properly alphabetized

Alright you guys, line up in alphabetic order!

[–]bargu 65 points66 points  (8 children)

Just a error in translation, "alfabetizado" means literate in Portuguese.

[–]NicNoletree 9 points10 points  (6 children)

Thanks! Always nice to learn. I think that's a great way to define literacy.

[–]InfamousScribbler 7 points8 points  (5 children)

And it is similar in French, too! Analphabète is the word we use for illiterate!

[–]NicNoletree 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks, I took French through middle and high school, but it wasn't until today that I learned I am still analphabète.

[–]yahmack 1 point2 points  (2 children)

French and Portuguese are actually really similar, as I discovered after going to france! The word for illiterate in portuguese, for example, is Analfabeto.

[–]bargu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They are both romance languages, together with Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Catalan (there's more, but those are the main ones).

[–]bargu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We use analfabeto in Portuguese too, although there's a bit of negative connotation with the word.

[–]outerspace20 4 points5 points  (0 children)

sim hehe valeu

[–]outerspace20 5 points6 points  (0 children)

ops, fixed it

[–]altiuscitiusfortius 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Blister packs have been around at least since the 50s in canada because our machine is that old. Does Brazil not have comoliance packs?

Also the pharmacist dispenses meds. They would be the ones doing this, not the doctor.

[–]biscoita 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm 27, have lived in Brazil my whole life and never seen a single compliance pack. I actually never even knew they were a thing until just now! So if they do exist here they're not commonplace.

[–]outerspace20 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure but never heard about it before. It happened in a public clinic, we have a public healthcare system which works but most of the time with the bare minimum so doctors are often challenged to do more than they're supposed to, the system also provides free access to meds, but you know, not all pharmacists or even all doctors are that empathetic.

[–]Razakel 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Very few people are completely illiterate. They know how to read basic things, like product names in a supermarket, clocks, the value of a banknote. You're not going to last very long if you don't know words like "bread" and "eggs".

However, functional illiteracy, even in developed countries, is much higher than you think. About a tenth of people can't read complicated sentences. The average American reads at a 7th grade level. The Sun newspaper is famously written for an audience with the reading age of an eight-year-old.

[–]Codlinfarflung 24 points25 points  (4 children)

Reading text and telling time are different skills. People who are illiterate often have typical math skills if they have been given access to education. In my country telling time is a skill often taught under the umbrella of math.

[–]BeriAlpha 4 points5 points  (3 children)

That's quite understandable. Telling time involves eleven symbols, related to each other by simple ratios, even if those ratios are weirdly arbitrary. (60 minutes to an hour, 24 hours to a day.)

Even a simple sentence like "Take one pill in the morning" involves hundreds of micro-elements and possibilities for error.

[–]mynewaccount5 0 points1 point  (2 children)

What's the 11th symbol?

[–]savosarenn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe the : ? Or they counted 0 twice

[–]JoChiCat 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Probably match it up to an analogue clock.

[–]Noobsgetboned 10 points11 points  (1 child)


[–]JoChiCat 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That’s the bitch

[–]DoverBoys 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You don't have to read numbers to know that what's on the paper matches what the digital clock says.

[–]igorcl 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I don't know the official english terms but there are variations of illiterate. My grandpa only knew how to write his name and read simple numbers, it didn't stopped him to work, build a house and a family, he learned how to count money, check the time at watches and my favorite thing was to play games with him, the guy was amazing. Cards and domino, his mind would keep track of all that was used already, he always knew the possibilities of what could come next

People can overcome difficulties and adapt to live their lives, they will learn things own their on way. It doesn't mean we as society shouldn't do nothing to help, improve community life's, nobody deserves suffer because of it

[–]nightpanda893 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve seen this post before and it never makes any sense to me. Why not just put a big white label with the time on each box? This method seems like it’s just more confusing. Especially combined with the already colorful boxes.

[–]Raidoton 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They can probably still read the time. There is a huge difference between learning 24 numbers and a couple thousand words.

[–]GrifterDingo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You don't even need to be literate to look at the name off a label and compare it to a name on a list. Even if you don't understand what it says you can recognize they look the same.

[–]krysak 25 points26 points  (33 children)

Gonna blow some americans minds right now... This is from a doctor in northern Brazil . It's from a state capital of a mostly rural state. Point is that it's not the richest state by any means... And all those drugs... Were free... Can you imagine?

[–]BillNyeForPrez 11 points12 points  (0 children)

When I was living in Brazil, I got stitches for a big cut on my foot for free. Then a few months later I got all the medicine I needed for a sinus infection. Also for free. Minimal wait times, too. Viva a SUS!

[–]twilightsdawn23 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I thought that looked like Brazilian handwriting!

[–]rudecapybara 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Pharmacist perspective: Color coding is great. Simplicity is even better.

I can’t see the last two drugs, but the three on the photo are Metformin (1pm, 9pm), losartan (9am), and glyburide (5am) - these three can safely be taken together. These are common drugs for high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Doctors prescribe them together all the time. I hope this doctor doesn’t always space them out like this...

We try to avoid drug combinations that require spacing out whenever possible. The only time I see outpatient regimens with ridiculous timing like this are when a patient is on something like Carafate which impedes absorption of other drugs and needs to be taken 4 times daily (which is why it is rarely used).

[–]junktrunk909 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Exactly what I was coming here for. Was trying to understand what could these drugs be that would require the patient to have to be taking meds constantly all day long rather than less frequently and more at the same time. That schedule was brutal and patient seems highly likely to be non compliant as a result.

[–]hellkrdavm 14 points15 points  (10 children)

Brazil still has a lot of good people after all

[–]Cristufi 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Always has been

[–]wanttoseensfwcontent 5 points6 points  (0 children)

All countries are like that. its just that the awful powerhungry people own the media and the government

[–]SpyreMeown 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's mostly good people. Bad ones just stand out more.

[–]TheMoonDude 1 point2 points  (6 children)

"The brazilians are the best part of Brazil"

Voa Brasa

[–]yeyeey_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How wholesome

[–]carolborn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pharmacists do this often

[–]SpiteTomatoes 2 points3 points  (4 children)

This doesn't look like America, but in the states most pharmacies (CVS for sure) now add labels like this specifically for people who are illiterate or whose first language isn't English.

[–]Celebbun 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This happened in Northern Brazil (state of Pará)

[–]PolitePlayerX 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cool, this is Belem, Brazil, where I live!

[–]CarolBatskins 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I’m willing to bet a nurse did that.

[–]peanutbutterfish23 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This seems like color coding with more steps.

[–]tachycardicIVu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I did humanitarian work in Haiti after the earthquakes we dealt with a lot of people who were uneducated and so the best way to give meds was by using either stickers or baggies with phases of the sun or moon on it to denote morning or evening with a number under it for how many they should take. I think most understood numbers at least but the pictures definitely helped. What was frustrating was any prescription requiring a taper, like “take 4 today, 3 tomorrow, 2 the next day, and 1 the last day.”

[–]swtbstrd 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Why does the colored stripe tape indicate two different times, yet blue and yellow have different times, but are on one box in the photo?

[–]Donohoed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's probably other medications that are taken at either 9a or 7p, the losartan just happens to be both. The metformin is probably the only one taken specifically after lunch and dinner time so it didn't need the times separated. Just a guess.

I also have absolutely no idea why the glyburide would be scheduled for 5am. That makes the least sense to me out of everything here

[–]marchisioxi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm feeling like having a stroke looking at this picture

[–]breathofdawildebeest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

this person has hypertension and diabetes at the least

[–]MisterJeebus87 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Carlos Roberto de Souza? Do Brasil?

[–]mblainerodriguez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Functional literacy is a really big problem. I'm really happy to see this doctor taking the extra steps to ensure his patient is taking the medicine at the right times

[–]MarcsMechi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Voooooa brasill

[–]UsernameisTaken80 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am literate and still can't read a doctor's prescription.

[–]Joaolandia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The fact that it was removed under rule 6 is just bruh...

[–]whistlingbatter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Trump's Doctor?

[–]LastStar007 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This person's really going through the ringer, meds at 5am and 10pm.

[–]Knittingpasta 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yay Washi tape! (Removable decorative tape, commonly used in Bullet Journaling)

[–]Detjohnnysandwiches 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's great! I know you might not be able nto read this. But I'm wishing you the best!

[–]robertobaggio20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe the patient can't read but I can definitely read his name

[–]Blowcaso 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mike Tyson proceeds to thank doctor and carry’s on with his day

[–]psyick 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Best hope they understand a 24 hour clock then

[–]Sarmatios 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This is in Brazil, we mostly use 24 hour clock.

[–]psyick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fair enough, likewise

[–]FourClawedDragon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If charlie kelly went to see a doctor

[–]XXXGambit69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's the system I employ when my Rottie had surgery!!! Except I used the numbers rather than color.

[–]Lance_E_T_Compte 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I spent a month in Iran. I had cause to visit the doctor while there. He simply marked:

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on the bottle for "One pill! Twice a day!"


[–]yeaokaydude 0 points1 point  (0 children)

how’re they supposed to know when to take them?