Or is it just another day on the calendar and it’s enough to just think about what the date might be? Sometimes, without a doctor’s appointment, or some other event, the days blur together. And sometimes our calendar is pretty much our TV so we don’t miss our programs.
Time was, between the job, kids’ schedules, etc, we didn’t dare forget what day it was — so much to do, so many places to be. And as busy-ness slows, and activities decrease, things become less frantic..and maybe more a blur.
Memory can be tricky if you don’t have a lot of things to remember. Sometimes that’s OK. Sometimes — even though there may be fewer schedules to remember, the things we do need to recall also slip away.
Forgetting that yesterday was the day NCIS was on is one thing. Forgetting to take my medications is another — and (not to decrease the importance of NCIS) much more important.
Some folks do very well, thank you very much. No matter how many meds, they’re taken correctly and on time. Some have 20-plus pills a day, which can get complicated quickly — especially when they’re taken a different times of the day and night. Put into that scenario some existing memory problems, and…
Solutions? A lot of people use, or are familiar with, the daily med-minder pop-top containers, marked with the day, the time, or both. Once filled, you just have to look at the label and open. You do, however, still need to remember to look…
Many pharmacies will work with prescriptions, clients and the doctor to implement bubble/blister packs. These work pretty well if you have several pills taken at the same time of day. Pop the pills out of the bubble for that time and day, and you’re on to other things. (NCIS reruns?) Sometimes keeping them in a visible spot (by the coffee pot? TV remote?) will help, also.
Other possibilities range from setting up your own personal daily calendar to checking out various electronic devices designed to remind you its pill-time. These can signal by sound, lights or a combination that its time. Thinking about setting it up, programming, filling, etc can be somewhat daunting, but the companies that supply these are the key to making it all work — and remember to keep your pharmacist in the loop, also.
Many of the companies that provide first-alert type buttons may also offer these electric med-minders — companies such as LifeLine, Assured Independence and so on. We have some of the informational flyers in our offices, or you can go online and look-up the company name and see what they offer.
A general search for “med-minder” also yields some results. Lots to look at. And another resource might be your pharmacist since we’ve already involved them in this column.
As life goes on (it happens just by living), things change. Why not make things easier where and when we can? Then we can watch NCIS without distraction.
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