I take a lot of medication due to my illnesses. To help me sort my medications, I mark the top of the identical bottles with an AM, NOON, or PM and some with both (with a permanent marker). I keep all the bottles in a nice flat bottom bag that is easy to grab and see into when I sort my medication into the individual weekly pill containers. I have a pill container for morning, noon, and night, each a different color and size.
To keep up with my pain medication, I have a note pad by my bottle of pain medication and I write down each and every time I take one and the time of day that I took it, so I do not get confused, this also eases the minds of my family because they can look at my notes if I am sleeping too much. When taking 11 different prescriptions and 18 pills daily, it really helps to keep things running smoothly with little tricks such as these.
I never leave the house without a complete list of all medications that I take and the amounts as well as my allergies, illnesses, surgeries, doctor's, resent tests and contact information. I created this list on my computer so that it is easy to read and update. It is great to enter a doctor's office and hand them my information so they have no questions to ask because all of the answers are there for them, listed on one page and not scattered on several pages like it would be if I filled out their first time visit information.
I hope you can find some help in this information. I have lived by it for over 10 years now because I just cannot remember everything that I take, am allergic to, or all of the other issues doctors want to know. Good luck.
By Tina Brown from Lufkin, TX
One other trick you might like to use is this. When I fill my husbands pill tray for the week sometimes Pill A will run out on Wednesday and Pill B on Thursday. Before I call in the refills I write on a Post-It;
Pill A - Thurs - Sat A.M.
Pill B - Fri - Sat A.M. + P.M.
or whatever the dosages are, that way when the refills are collected I don't have to check the box, and having it on the bathroom mirror (it has never fallen off) reminds both of us that we have to collect the refills.
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