I bought ~$5 medicine dispensers with weekday labels, which improved my life by ~15%.
Due to a psychiatric illness, I have to take a single pill every morning. It wasn’t very complicated, so I just took them from the blister pack she was carrying. If I forget to take a pill, I feel uncomfortable in the evening. Not too much, but what was much more stressful was that I often didn’t *know* it: Did I forget to take the pill in the morning? Or is my condition worsening? This uncertainty was really scary.
With the Medi-Dispenser I forget the pill less often, and more importantly: if I feel uncomfortable in the evening, I can check the dispenser, and in 95% I recognize it again: No, my condition does not get worse, I only forgot to take my pill in the morning. Then I go to sleep and make sure that I take the next pill the day after.PS: I am a little embarrassed that it took me about 5 years to come to this simple solution. I’ll share it anyway, if it helps anyone else.
From one chronic health person to another...
Consider filling up a second dispenser ahead of time. That way, if you’re completely exhausted but it’s time to take your medication, you can yank the second box off the shelf and refill things when you’re more awake. It also gives you a 1 week buffer to refill your prescription.
Pill counting trays are also helpful if you have to take medications that come in a bottle. Buy one that has Amazon reviews from real pharmacists and put the cap under the spout on the right side to catch any runaway pills. This will dramatically reduce the # of pills that fall to the floor.