Trying Different Things To Help You Remember To Take Your Medications May Save Your Life
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to take my medications or the times I have but couldn’t remember when or which ones. All of us have this problem at some point in our lives with chronic illness. That’s why I came up with seven ways to remember to take your medications AND a free downloadable bonus. Keep scrolling down the page for the link to the FREE DAILY MEDICATION CHECKLIST.
I want to make it easier and give you ways to remember to take your medications or vitamins. If you take your meds every day, it can, sometimes, be the difference between living or dying. Being chronically ill causes all sorts of problems, brain fog is one. It isn’t easy to take care of yourself when you fight to remember a simple word you’ve known all your life much less anything else.
With my Hashimoto’s I have to take extra vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium and other supplements because my body needs them to survive. Some of you may have an intricate schedule that you need to follow when taking your medications. It gets crazy sometimes!
In doing some research, I found alarming statistics:
- On the FDA’s website, it states “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that non-adherence causes 30 to 50 percent of chronic disease treatment failures and 125,000 deaths per year in this country.”. That is scary!
- The New York Times quoted this “When people don’t take the medications prescribed for them, emergency department visits and hospitalizations increase and more people die,” said Bruce Bender, co-director of the Center for Health Promotion at National Jewish Health in Denver.”. This realization is scary too but entirely preventable.
- The Atlantic says “When it comes to prescription drugs, patients are not following doctors’ orders. The numbers and impact are alarming: Research shows that nearly 25 percent of patients who are prescribed medications for a newly diagnosed chronic illness do not fill their initial prescription. In addition, half of patients taking maintenance medications for chronic conditions will stop taking them within the first year of starting therapy.” Is this is normal?!
I do understand some of the reasons people don’t take their meds. Finances. Inability to care for themselves. Still, I would love to be able to help decrease this number. If I give you ways to remember to take your medications, you’ll use them, right? Good, here they are! (I am a little bossy)
Did you know that “About half of medications for chronic disease aren’t taken as directed” according to NPR? That is a dismal thought but understandable given our state of health. If we all had round-the-clock care I imagine this review would be much different.
Below are 7 ways that can help you remember to take your medications IF you use them:
- Set the alarm on your phone. You can even name your alarm (on some devices) with your medication name, so you know precisely what med or vitamin to take. I have one set at 5 a.m. every morning to make sure I take my thyroid medication.
- Keep a notepad next to your bed or the couch to jot down what you took and when.
- Use a pillbox or sorter to keep your meds organized by day. This idea won’t help with times you need to take meds, but it can help on a daily basis.
- There is a fantastic little gadget that I saw on my Pinterest feed the other day. You can sort all your medications and vitamins into bags. Write the dates and times on each bag, and you are all set. How neat is that?!
- Keep your medications in sight. Use a plastic basket to store your meds and keep it close, so you don’t have to use your energy to find or get the meds. I posted some advice not long ago about spring cleaning and organizing your bedroom that might help with this tip.
- Have someone help you remember to take your meds. See if a friend or family member can call or text you when you need to take a medication. Maybe they can even stay with and help you on a daily basis.
- Last but not least, keep a list of all your medications, vitamins and supplements. You can laminate it and use a grease pencil or dry erase marker to mark off what you have taken. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to access your FREE Daily Medication Checklist.
Download it, print it, fill in the blanks with your specific medications, vitamins, and supplements, laminate it, and you are ready to go. You could also use this, unlaminated, as part of your daily schedule along with the “Daily Diary” page that comes with this bonus. Keep it in a binder with all your notes and observations so you have something to show your doctor(s).
Every day we fight just to be able to enjoy a “normal” day again. Sometimes our medications can make that possible but not if we don’t take them.
If the suggestions above don’t work for you then maybe you need a different way. If you can, ask friends and family about tricks they use. You might be surprised at the fantastic tips you get. It might even lead to a stronger friendship with someone you didn’t know was fighting chronic illness too. In conclusion, it doesn’t matter what ways you use to remember your meds only that you do.
I hope you find something that works. We are all different, and one trick may not work for someone else. Keep looking if you haven’t noticed a foolproof way to manage your meds. Any and all ways to remember to take your medications are great. Your life may depend on it.
I love hearing all about how you tackle your struggles with chronic illness!
Do you have other tips you can share with us? Most spoonies have found workarounds for all types of things and I’d love to share your advice. Write a comment below or send me an email.
Kim is a freelance blogger, writer and VA. She loves sharing resources for other “spoonies” to help them create lives they love. Hoarding crochet patterns on Pinterest is her second favorite thing.