Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at www.PDPlan4Life.com) Copyright 2013-18 Sheryl Jedlinski
By Sheryl Jedlinski
Does your complicated dosing regimen make it difficult for you to take your medication “on time, every time?” Do you inadvertently skip doses on a regular basis, hampering the successful management of the symptoms and side effects of Parkinson’s disease? Is it reasonable for your doctor to expect you to take a total of 20, 30, or 40 pills a day in unique combinations and over multiple dosing periods without so much as a hiccup? It is doable with the support of additional resources, like a good organizational system, advance planning, and someone to help maintain your medicine inventory. The challenge is these are not things you can readily purchase.
A born problem solver, my husband, Tony, took matters into his own hands and designed a pill organizer that may be just what your doctor ordered to improve your on-time performance, and therefore your health and quality of life. (Full directions for replicating his invention can be found at the end of this article) Unlike most of his gadgets, Tony’s pill organizer is “no tech.” It does not plug in, light up, or make noise, and it is so easy to use, it requires little training.
Comprised of a “chain” of plastic pouches that fold into a compact bundle, Tony’s pill organizer fits in almost any size purse. It is flexible enough to hold pills of a wide variety of sizes and shapes and is easily expandable as dosing regimens change. Each pouch is filled with the specific pills required for that dose and labelled with the time it is to be taken.
Tony sorts, counts, fills, and organizes my pills a week at a time, enabling him to:
Follow these simple steps to make your own pill organizer:
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