CRM. A new fibromyalgia symptom?

Originally published on www.ProHealth.com • October 22, 2016

medicineCRM. A new fibromyalgia symptom?

Well, not really. But maybe.
I know I live with CRM.

Wonder what CRM is?

Let me tell you:

Can’t Remember Meds.

Even though it’s only a matter of hours after missing my medicine that my body begins to let me know, I often forget my meds. With that lapse in memory, I start experiencing body aches, fatigue (more than usual), and headache, sometimes leading to a fever-like feeling and cold sweats. It still surprises me and I think I’m coming down with the flu, but then I’m hit with the ah-ha moment: “I forgot to take my medication.” Then it takes at least 2 dosages before I feel my “normal.”

CRM. It is ridiculous. It is completely unavoidable. Just take the medication. Right?

It isn’t always that easy. Life happens. Any form of interruption in my schedule can lead to me either taking medication late or not at all. The first thing I do every day when I wake is to take my morning dosage; my phone alarm goes off at 7:00 p.m. everyday to remind me to take my evening dosage.

If anything messes with my routine such as oversleeping, vacations, etc., I am likely to forget. In the evening if I’m busy writing, the phone rings, laundry, etc., instead of hitting the snooze alarm, I will hit the dismiss button on my phone and remember an hour later.

I’ve tried many different methods to remember to take my meds and am currently using PillSuite, a seven-compartment sorter.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Sort your pills (AM or PM) into the seven compartments of the sorter.

Step 2: Place one of the plastic packets over the funnel on the sorter. Tip the sorter sideways and the pills will flow easily into the plastic packets. Label the packet.

Step 3: Finally, use the sealer to seal the pill packet closed and you are done!

I don’t enjoy sorting my meds. It takes me approx. 20-30 minutes to sort 2 weeks worth of meds/vitamins. I’ve gotten lazy and do not label the pill packets which means I really don’t have any way of knowing if I have taken them or not.

There is a very easy fix to this dilemma. I can label the pill packet with the date or start using the plastic daily medicine boxes that are clearly marked by the day and am/pm.

We are creatures of habit. It is important to take medications at the same time everyday.

Tie taking your medication with a daily activity such as breakfast, brushing your teeth or going to bed.

Keep them where you will see them (out of sight – out of mind).

When you take them, visualize yourself taking the medication.

Use a calendar and place a mark on the day after you have taken your medicine.

Place post-it notes or reminders where you are certain to see them such as by your toothbrush, nightstand, car keys, etc.

Ask a family member or a friend to give you a reminder call.

Find a sorting system that works for you.

Avoid the cheap pill boxes. They usually have flimsy lids and clasps that break or wear out after a few months.

Try different ways of reminding yourself to take the medicine and keeping track that you have taken them.

Keep a backup dose of meds on hand in case you forget to take them after you’ve left the house or if you’re going to be out past medicine time.

I’ve now been using the PillSuite system for over a month, and I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to try this product. I have officially tossed the plastic containers and plan on continuing to use PillSuite.

I would love to hear how you remember to take your medicine.

Disclosure: I received the PillSuite system as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

PillSuite is SWEET!

 

I was excited when the PillSuite box arrived at my house.  I love new ways to organize things and I didn’t even have to go searching for the right size & amount of batteries needed. I opened up the box and when I saw the sorter I honestly did not think that the compartments in the sorter would be big enough to hold all of my prescriptions & supplements.

pill sorter
The kit contained 400 “Suite” packets, a sorter and a sealer (batteries included).

It arrived just in time for me to get my medications & supplements ready for a weekend trip to my parents house.  I usually fill my morning, noon and night week containers and then have to put masking tape over them before I pack them so that I do not have medicine all over my bags.

 

Disclosure: “I have been given [this product] as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

How do you use your PillSuite system?

Step 1: Sort your pills (AM or PM) into the seven compartments of the sorter.

Step 2: Place one of the plastic packets over the funnel on the sorter. Tip the sorter sideways and the pills will flow easily into the plastic packets. Label the packet.

Step 3: Finally, using the sealer to seal the pill packet closed and you are done!

 

Why use PillSuite? 

 

TIME SAVER

It is a time saver.  You can sort more than just one week at a time.

Prior to using PillSuite I would have to sit down once a week and sort my pills into 2 different containers.  There were so many times when my 7 p.m. medicine reminder would go off and I would find that I had forgotten to sort my medicine.  Since using PillSuite I now sort 3 weeks at a time keeping the A.M. pill packets in one ziplock bag and my P.M. packets in another.

 

CONVENIENT

The packets make it easy to take exactly the pills you need.  It makes it so much easier than carrying all of the pill bottles in my bag. I can simply put a packet in my purse or even easier my pocket.  I have filled some of the packets with single doses of Advil, Midol and pain medications to have with me just in case.

When traveling you do not have to take all of your medication with you.  Even airlines are allowing passengers to travel without the medication being in the original container.

No more masking tape.  I always had to tape my medicine containers so that they would not accidentally open leading to loose pills in my bag. I have broken many containers trying to take off the tape and open just one day at a time.

The packets are biodegradable and  have perforated edges that make it very easy to tear open the packet.

 

I found the instructions were very easy to follow.  It took me awhile to get the hang of placing the bag on the funnel of the sorter and sliding the medication into the bag but after completing my first week it had become very easy.

I wanted to see if it would be easy for others so I asked a few people to try it for me.  They had the same experience that I did. It took a little time but then it was very easy to do.  It might be a bit difficult for someone with arthritis or shaky hands.

However, I think that it is a great way for someone who is a caregiver. They can easily sort and label the medication with the date & time it needs to be taken. The packets are easier to open than the plastic medicine containers. I found it was easier for me to label the packets before putting the pills in them.

I have now been using the PillSuite system for over a month and I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to try this product.  I have officially tossed the plastic containers and plan on continuing to use PillSuite.  Find out more about PillSuite at http://www.pillsuite.com/.

 

PillSuite is easy, convenient and portable. 

PillSuite is SWEET!

 

 

 

 

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